Shree Swaminarayan Mandir
On Saturday, August 6th, 2022, the new Hindu Temple in Oldham was officially opened. The open event enjoyed by over 7000 participants showcased displays from seven other temples across the country, including Cardiff, Bolton, Harrow, Willesden, and Woolwich in London.
These opening ceremonies marked the culmination of a four-year partnership between LTS Architects and the Oldham Hindu community to design and construct this facility. While a main contractor managed the construction of the shell and core, the fit-out, finishing, and landscaping of the complex were carried out by the local community and volunteers from around the UK, including members of other temple communities.
skilled artisans from India were brought in to construct the intricate ceremonial hand-carved marble gate and the carved wood main altar, known as the sinhasan. The complex, which includes a multifunction sports/events hall and teaching facilities alongside the main prayer hall, is poised to become a significant asset for the local area and the wider Oldham community.
This Temple is the second Shree Swaminarayan Temple designed by LTS in the UK.
The design of the Temple integrates traditional religious elements with contemporary design. The marble entrance gate, decorative domes, and shikhars on the roof showcase Indian craftsmanship and were developed in collaboration with Virendra K. Trivedi Architects, based in Ahmedabad, India.