The largest Sikh temple in Wolverhampton, England is all set for an expansion with a three-storey heritage centre on the anvil, reported the Express and Star.
The Guru Nanak Sikh Temple would build the centre next to its gurdwara on the corner of Duncan Street and Sedgley Street in Blakenhall. With a new glass dome, stone archways and feature windows, the landmark site will be completely revamped.
Documents drawn up by Wolverhampton-based ACP Architects say the building will be ‘state of the art’, as a planning application has now been submitted to Wolverhampton council.
Welcoming the plan, Blakenhall councillor Harbans Singh Bagri said, “I think we are all very happy in the sense that we see new development. We have had lots of money spent in Blakenhall Gardens and residential accommodation and houses and the temple itself, most of it is fairly new, but this part where they are planning a new building, will add value to the centre.”
As per the plans, the heritage centre would now provide an ‘educational learning facility’, exhibition space and a new entrance and lobby to the existing gurdwara. While, the new building would house a central atrium, a feature hall and reception, a basement conference room for up to 160 people, education space, library and a separate area to accommodate wheelchair users wheelchair users and the frail in the main prayer room.
The temple is on the site of a former Corona drinks factory and was opened in 1979.