Recom hands over £5m Oldham Hindu temple

External construction has completed on the 23,000 sq ft Shree Swaminarayan Temple, which is set to open for worship in the summer.

Work began on the LTS Architects-designed temple in July 2020, with Recom having been appointed as main contractor in November 2019. Recom director Jason McKnight worked alongside Josh Marrs and Jordan Stent on leading the company’s team in delivering the scheme.

“RECOM initially became involved with the scheme in November 2019 to further develop cost efficiency and buildability, in tandem with the design team, prior to starting on site,” McKnight said.

“This unique project is a standout scheme in the North West,” McKnight continued. “Having handed over the site following the completion of RECOM’s portion of the works, the community is now able to undertake the completion of the internal fit-out.

“We are thrilled with the outcome and we are delighted to have been involved with a community that will appreciate the project for generations to come.”

The temple is built on a 55,700 sq ft brownfield site off Copster Hill Road, which was formerly the First Choice Homes Depot. It contains a naturally-lit prayer hall, sports hall, events space and a courtyard with landscaped gardens. There is also a 40-space car park with six spaces for motorcycles and 16 for cycles.

The temple is meant to replace the congregation’s current home on Lee Street, which opened in 1977.

Curtins acted as drainage consultant on the project. Urban Green designed the landscape proposals. Element Sustainability was the energy consultant. Crookes Walker was the lighting consultant and Miller Goodall handled the noise impact assessment. Vectos was the transport consultant.

See the original CGIs of the temple.

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Great to see some quality architecture in the borough! Well done to all involved.

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