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 embedding its low carbon targets on this building, including reducing regulated carbon emissions, through a combination of sustainability initiatives in the design, construction and maintenance phases of the new building. We intend to construct the building from highly efficient porotherm blocks (made from clay), and it will include 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 September 2022.
We expect to start work on construction of the building in autumn 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.
Please note, from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 September ground investigations will take place on the grassed area opposite the Forum’s South Piazza, next to Poole Gate Road.
The ground investigations will involve a medium sized drilling rig that will bore small holes into the ground to test the quality of the soil. This activity is likely to create short periods of high noise and vibration in the area.
We apologise for any disruption this may cause and thank you for your patience.