£11m Sikh Temple Nears Completion

November 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


An £11m project to build a Sikh temple in north Kent will be finished on time, despite the global economic downturn, community leaders have said.

The Gravesend gurdwara has been under construction for the past seven years, and is due to open in time for the Sikh New Year Vaisakhi festival in 2009.

It has been paid for entirely by the Sikh community in north Kent, and partly built by volunteers.

The building is set to be one of the largest Sikh temples in the UK.

Architect Teja Singh Biring said: "Nobody has let the side down. The community have been funding it and the banks have been very positive as well."

And site manager, Balwant Singh Hayre, said: "Everybody is working hard because we committed the community definitely to open on Vaisakhi."

He said the community was "looking forward" each day to the progress and completion of the project in time for the festival which is celebrated on 13 or 14 April.