Work has begun on the construction of a new £5m Hindu Temple in Oldham, whose design is a blend of modern and traditional features.
Shree Swaminarayan Temple has appointed Salford Quays-based Recom Solutions as the main contractor. The project is due for completion in 2022.
Around 100 people, including members of the community, senior temple leaders, design team personnel and contractors attended a ground-breaking ceremony to bless the start of the scheme on Copsterhill Road.
Site clearance has begun and will be followed by ground works, structural steel works, glass-reinforced concrete works and then the internal finishes.
The site of the new temple was previously a housing association depot which has since been demolished.
Once completed, the Shree Swaminarayan Temple will feature a spacious and naturally-lit modern prayer hall, space for sports, events and teaching, a courtyard with landscaped gardens, parking and accommodation.
The new temple is being funded through donations from the local community as well as supporters nationwide and internationally.
An ornate solid marble feature gate and traditional Hindu temple domes will be hand-crafted in India, imported and installed at the new facility.
The Recom Solutions team is led by project director Jason McKnight, Josh Marrs and Jordan Stent.Other professionals involved in the scheme include LTS Architects, Curtins and Hurstwood Environmental Consulting.