Sikh Temple Scotland, Gurdwara Glasgow

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Scottish Sikh Temple : Gurdwara Glasgow

Glasgow Gurdwara, Scotland – Complex at 25 Albert Drive design by CRGP Architects

post updated 25 January 2022 ; 27 Feb 2013

Sikh Gurdwara adds gold to Glasgow’s skyline

Architects: CRGP

Glasgow Gurdwara

The construction of Scotland’s newest Sikh Gurdwara is rapidly progressing and is due to open in Glasgow on the 28th April 2013, a mere 14 months since construction began. The £4m complex situated at 25 Albert Drive, Pollokshields, reached an important milestone at the end of 2012, when the building was crowned with a large gold dome at the centre of the roof, marking the highest peak of the building.

Glasgow Gurdwara
image from Glasgow Gurdwara

The Gurdwara (meaning “through the Guru”), is the first purpose-built facility for Sikhs in Scotland and has less than 100 days until completion. Architectural plans have been updated since we last reported on this build in February 2012 and the new structure designed by CRGP will now also include off-street parking for up to 100 cars.

Situated next to the Tramway theatre and adjacent to ‘The Hidden Gardens’, the Gurdwara is a shining addition to one of Glasgow’s most vibrant and multicultural streets. The new Gurdwara will be a hub of activity for Glasgow’s Southside community, with facilities for congregational prayer, language classes, provision of Langar (free community kitchen) and a social space. The Glasgow Gurdwara will have a capacity of 1,000.

Surinder Singh, President of the Glasgow Gurdwara, Albert Drive said:
“The addition of the gold dome is a really exciting step in the building of this Gurdwara, which is at the heart of the Sikh community spirit and has always been a special place for Sikhs. This new Gurdwara is a sign of progress for Sikhs in Scotland and I am forever grateful to all those who have helped us come this far. It is with the generous donations of people that we are able to make this fantastic new building and our fundraising efforts continue. I am in no doubt that this new building will be an iconic part of Glasgow.”

There will be a public opening ceremony on Sunday 28th April and will be open to all.
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The new Gurdwara will open on 28th April 2013

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Designed by CRGP Ltd
Constructed by CBC

3 Feb 2012

Gurdwara in Pollokshields

New Sikh Temple in Glasgow

The local Sikh community in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow came together on Sunday to hold a blessing, and congregation prayers, to mark the start of works on a new Sikh Gurdwara Temple.

Deputy First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP, local councillor Irfan Rabbani and former MP Mohammad Sarwar were all in attendance. The main contractor is CBC. The design and build project is costed at £3.8 m.

The site of the new Gurdwara is located at the rear of the Tramway Theatre in south Glasgow, adjacent to the Hidden Gardens. On completion, this Sikh Temple will be accessed through a special gateway, and will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 worshippers.

Glasgow Gurdwara in Pollokshields

New Sikh Temple in Pollokshield

CRGP full planning submission 21.06.07 validated 29.08.07 for site adj. 25 Albert Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow

New Sikh Temple and office block

Paul Monaghan Architects have submitted plans on behalf of Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha for Sikh temple & office block at 174-176 Berkeley St, Glasgow
More detail further down this page

Previously, news of another Glasgow Gurdwara:

Pollokshields Gurdwara

Client: Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Location: Albert Drive, Pollokshields
Architects: CRGP
Budget: £5m

Gurdwara in Pollokshields
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CRGP Architects are pleased to have been recently appointed as architects for a proposed “Gurdwara” (Sikh Temple) located adjacent to the award-winning Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. As part of our planning application we have produced a 3D Studio visualisation, see above.

The building will be sited adjacent to the Hidden Gardens at the back of the Tramway and is to accommodate 500 worshippers. The white-coloured temple, community centre and accommodation block are to be accessed through a white gateway above a marble plinth. There will be one gold and two white domes.

An even larger temple is proposed on another site:

Berkeley St Gurdwara

Client: Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Location: Berkeley St
Budget: £10m

The domed building planned for Berkeley Street will be one of Glasgow’s biggest public buildings. The Gurdwara will be the first purpose-built Sikh temple in Glasgow, accommodating 1500 worshippers.

The site of the temple, near the Henry Wood Hall, is used as a car park but was previously part of the Glasgow Eye Infirmary destroyed in 1971. The new Gurdwara will be a place of worship, community centre, educational resource centre with classrooms, library, offices and a ceremonial pool. The building will be clad in polished limestone with the main dome made of grp. A total of 257 car parking spaces will also be provided over three floors in the temple.

Construction is set to last around 18 months. The existing temple in Berkeley Street will remain open until the new building is ready. It is one of four small Sikh temples in the city.

There are about 10,000 Sikhs in Scotland, most of them in Glasgow

There is a Sikh Sabha Temple at 163 Nithsdale Rd (due to close if the Pollokshields Gurdwara opens) and a Singh Sabha Sikh Temple at 32 St Andrews Drive.

Pollokshaws Buildings

Key Buildings in Pollokshaws

Ashtree Road, Pollokshaws Flats

Pollokshaws Road Housing design by Cooper Cromar Architects

Pollokshaws Green – competition

Major Strathclyde Buildings

Key Buildings in Strathclyde – architectural selection below:

Custom House Building Renewal
River Clyde of Artisan's Custom House development
image courtesy of Artisan Real Estate
Glasgow Custom House Development

Solasta Riverside Building Buchanan Wharf
Solasta Riverside Building Buchanan Wharf flats
image courtesy of Drum Property Group
Solasta Riverside Building Buchanan Wharf

Clydebank Rebuilt

Glasgow Church Buildings

Pollok Civic Realm

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