WORK on a new multi-million pound temple and meeting venue for Newcastle’s Sikh community is well under way and is now expected to completed in the New Year.
Golden globes have recently been added to the top of the Gurdwara, due to open in February 2013, on Buckingham Street and Abinger Street, in the west end of the city.
The work on the spectacular building started earlier this year but has been a long time in the planning and was only made possible after the Sikh community collectively raised the funds for the project.
The community received legal advice on the Gurdwara project from Newcastle law firm Sintons, with Mark Dobbin, partner, and Sue Hennessey, associate in the real estate department, handling the development work.
Mr Dobbin said: “This was a complex development which began three years ago and has involved the acquisition of various properties, site assembly and extensive consultation with the local community and the city council. It’s fantastic to see the winter sun gleaming on the golden globes which will become a historic landmark on the skyline of this part of the city. It’s been a pleasure working with members of the Sikh community who are clearly very dedicated to this project.”
Sintons was also instrumental in re-constituting the charitable trust that manages the temple.
Alan Dawson, chairman of the partners, said: “We advise several charities in the region with substantial property assets.
“For the Gurdwara, a major new development like this meant a comprehensive review of their structure and governing documents was essential. We’ve worked closely with the trustees and now have an effective body to promote and manage the new temple.”
Amarjit Singh Ladhar, chairman of the trustees, said: “As a community we are very proud of what we have achieved with the new Gurdwara.
“Members of the community have been incredibly generous with their donations to the development fund. It is an exciting project for us and it will really become a focal point for our Sikh community.”
Alok Loomba of Sintons said: “Sintons has long standing connections across the Sikh community advising businesses and families on legal matters over many years and often for generations of the same family.”