This Great Barr office block has been transformed into £1.5m Sikh temple
A super-new £1.5 million Sikh temple is opening in Great Barr. The Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Birmingham is due to open on Aldridge Road - next to Perry Locks Care Home - in the coming weeks.
Hundreds of volunteers have been spending their own time renovating the former Blakelands House office building, which was also a nursery. In total, it has taken 18 months to complete and general secretary Jagjit Singh cannot wait to welcome the local community in Great Barr.
The Sikh community during the special Great Barr Gurdwara opening last week The Sikh community during the special Great Barr Gurdwara opening last week (Image: singhsabhabham / Instagram) "It's been a real labour of love for the hundreds of volunteers," explained the dad-of-three, "who have all dedicated their own time and money to help construct this wonderful new facility. "There's a big Sikh community in Sutton Coldfield, Streetly and Great Barr and the Singh Sabha Gurdwara will be a huge asset."
Worshippers staged a special religious Samagam (meeting) on March 31 as hundreds gathered for the opening ceremony. The new three-storey temple is 30,000 sq ft. It has parking spaces for around 100 cars and the busiest time will be Sunday mornings. "We're just putting the final few touches on it now," added Jagjit, a solicitor.
"The beauty about it is that a Sikh temple welcomes everyone and free meals will be provided.