RECOM Solutions has handed over a new £5m Hindu temple in Oldham to the community for the internal fit-out, after completing the external shell and core of the landmark building.
The Shree Swaminarayan Temple on Copsterhill Road is due for completion on time this summer.
Trafford Park-based RECOM has completed external aspects of the scheme, including site remediation and ground works, specialist stonework and brickwork, roofing and envelope works, and the provision of incoming new utilities.
The company was appointed as the main contractor in November 2019 to work with the design team on the scheme, before starting on site in July 2020.
RECOM’s team working on the project has been led by director Jason McKnight alongside Josh Marrs and Jordan Stent.
The temple’s design is a blend of modern and traditional features, including a solid marble gate and traditional Hindu temple domes that are being handcrafted in India and shipped over.
Built on the site of a former housing association depot, the temple features a spacious and naturally-lit modern prayer hall, space for sports, events and teaching, a courtyard with landscaped gardens, parking an accommodation.
It is being funded through donations from the local community and supporters from across the UK and overseas.
Jason McKnight (pictured below) said: “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.
“This unique project is a standout scheme in the north west. 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.”