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Gurkha Temple, South Wales by Scott Brownrigg

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[IMAGES + DATA] Proposals for a Gurkha Temple at the planned £700 million Defence Technical College in South Wales

The Temple will be for the use of the Gurkha and other Hindu soldiers in the multi-faith zone of the College development. The design has been based on the traditional Hindu Temple (Mandir), located within a walled courtyard with a symbolic sacrificial space (Maula). However the choice of materials and details will give it a contemporary appearance, in keeping with the surrounding buildings.

The Temple has a pyramid roof, with a large glazed lantern at the apex. The lantern will be lit at night to act as a beacon and symbolise the emission of spiritual light from the building.

Inside, the worship area serves as a meeting space for the Gurkha and wider Hindu community. To support this, the design incorporates a traditional tea-making room and servery.

The multi-faith building have been located at the Defence Technical College development’s main entrance, outside the security wire, to allow and encourage members of the local community to use them alongside the servicemen and women attending the College.

The plans for the College were submitted by Metrix and will be considered by The Vale of Glamorgan Council on 24 September.

Project data

Architects: Temple design by Scott Brownrigg, part of the Metrix team of architects which also includes HLM and Capita Architecture
Location: MOD St Athan in South Wales
Type Of Project: The Temple forms part of the proposals for the Defence Technical College and will sit alongside a new Church and World Faith building in the site’s multi-faith zone
Gross internal floor area: 155m² 
Structural Engineers: Pell Frischmann
Service Engineers: Cundalls
Client: Metrix
Start on site date: If planning consent is granted, the second half of 2010.
Funding: The Defence Technical College is part of The Defence Training Review Package 1 Project with a whole life value of more than £12 billion.

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