National building services provider, EIC, has been chosen to provide mechanical services to the UK’s largest Sikh temple, as it builds a £7.5m community annexe
The construction of the community annexe at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick in Sandwell will be carried out in two phases and EIC will work in partnership with main contractor, Thomas Vale Construction Ltd during the first phase of work. The project will double the size of the four-storey, 78,000 square metre building, which is one of the oldest Sikh temples in the country.
EIC has been awarded a nine-month, £800,000 contract to design and install the mechanical and public health services of the temple’s new facilities which include an 800-seater langar (dining) hall, a wedding hall, a lecture theatre and classrooms.
Chuhar Singh Dhariwal, president of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick said: “The Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick was established 50 years ago to enable Sikh communities from Birmingham and its neighbouring towns to be able to congregate under one roof and worship, and it now boasts a congregation of around 10,000 people.
“We have spent several years raising money to fund the community annexe so we absolutely needed to find a company that offered value for money and had the experience and expertise to understand and anticipate our very specific requirements.
“We also needed a company that would ensure disruption to daily life here at the Gurdwara was kept to a minimum. We feel confident that EIC will respect our congregation and ensure that work carried out is done so as efficiently and expediently as possible.”
The Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick was bought in 1961 and is the first in Europe to be to have been purchased for the sole purpose of worship by the Sikh Community.
Since its establishment, it has also provided support to those in need around the world such as those affected by Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Thailand and the earthquake in Haiti.
John Harris, director at EIC, said: “This is a tremendously exciting project to be involved with as it will totally transform this incredible building.
“The Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick is one of the most prominent and influential Sikh Gurdwaras in the country so we are delighted to have been chosen to be a part of this project.”
In addition to its national headquarters in Warwickshire, EIC has a network of 13 regional offices across the UK - from Cornwall to Scotland – enabling the firm to meet the needs of both local and national customers, wherever they are located.
For more information about EIC visit the website: www.eicltd.com.