In April 2013, the Scottish Sikh community took a momentous step in the opening of Scotland’s first purpose-built Sikh Gurdwara. After 51 years in the previous Gurdwara, this was both an emotional and exciting time for the whole community. The new Gurdwara is situated on 37 Albert Drive and will serve as the new home for the Sikh community of Glasgow.
The land was purchased in the early 2000’s at the site of a disused Network Rail tram depot. The building was designed by local architects CRGP and the contractor was Govan-based CBC. The total project came in under budget, with a final cost price of £3.8m, all of which was fundraised by the community.
The new Gurdwara is located adjacent to the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow, and neighbours the Hidden Gardens. The site has a sizeable off-street car park, which can hold over 100 cars. The Sikh Gurdwara is accessed through a special gateway, and has the capacity to accommodate 1,500 worshippers.