Multi-Faith Centre project
The University is planning make a significant investment to create a new, flexible and inclusive Multi-Faith Centre in the heart of Streatham Campus.
The proposal is to build a dedicated Multi-Faith Centre to replace the existing Muslim prayer rooms and multi-faith spaces in the Old Library and to create a new space for quiet reflection and multi-faith activities, which promote respect, community and inclusion.
Planned for location on the grassed area opposite the Forum’s South Piazza, next to Poole Gate Road, the building will include a 50 person Muslim prayer space and a multi-faith space for quiet reflection, services and events. It will also house communal meeting space, a kitchen, a dedicated office for the Multifaith Chaplaincy Team and an external terrace area.
The University is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion, culture, heritage and creative life in Exeter and the region, and the plans for the Multi-Faith Centre align with University’s Strategy 2030, under the values of Respect, Community and Inclusion.
The Students’ Guild, local faith leaders and the Multifaith Chaplaincy team continue to be involved in the plans for the new building.
Sustainability and reducing carbon emissions are fundamental to the design of the new Multi-Faith Centre. The University is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in terms of regulated carbon emissions, through a combination sustainability initiatives in the design, construction and maintenance phases of the new building. This will include the use of highly efficient porotherm blocks (made from clay), air source heat pumps and PV panels on the roof.
Plans for the Multi-Faith Centre
The project is currently in the design phase and ground investigation surveys will take place in the coming months. We expect to submit planning permission for the building this summer 2022 with a view to start work on construction of the building in summer 2023 (timescales are subject to change).
As with all of the University’s estates projects all aspects of the construction period will be carefully managed to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for our colleagues, students and the local community.