WHERE? On Albert Drive in Glasgow’s Southside, next to the Tramway Theatre and Pollokshields East train station.
The first purpose built Gurdwara in all of Scotland, this centre of worship was founded in the 1960s in the multicultural Southside district of Crosshill.
The original Gurdwara, located in a house nearby on Nithsdale Road, had grown in stature, and served as a nerve centre for the social and political activities of Scottish Sikhs. It had been visited by well-known Sikhs, as well as Scottish politicians such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and then Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The new building on Albert Drive was completed in April 2013. When the Sikh community moved into their new home, they brought over 50 years of history with them. It was built on the site of a disused Network Rail tram depot, which was sold off at the start of the 21st Century. The Gurdwara’s neighbouring building, the Tramway Theatre, is in fact based inside the former depot building. Designed by Scottish architecture firm CRPH, the cost of the development, which totalled £3.8 million, was raised entirely through fundraising activities by the Sikh community.