Gurdwara, Sikh Temple, Barking, London

Architect

Agenda 21 Architects

Est. Build Cost:

£7m

The Works

Symmetrys are the Structural and Civil Engineers for this new religious building in Barking, London. On a brownfield contaminated site, the new development will include a basement car park, then three storeys above ground. The building will house two worship spaces known as Diwans, a religious dining area known as a Langar, along with educational and day-care facilities. Lastly, a Sach Khand, a landmark tower housing the scriptures will form the centre of the elevation.

The main structural challenges will be achieving the clear spans of 25m across the dining and worship spaces, with two storey high roof lights, bringing light down through the building. Modern structures will be concealed but used to facilitate the traditional Sikh Temple architecture throughout, within a tight budget.