Soho Road Gudwara, Birmingham

Soho Road Gudwara in Handsworth east Birmingham was constructed in the 1970s. Its construction represented increasing prosperity and confidence among the city’s Sikh community, which began developing in the 1940s and 1950s when substantial migration from northern India to the West Midlands began.

Four stories tall, its floor space totaling 25,000 square metres, the building is one of Birmingham’s largest places of worship and a major centre for Sikh religious life and culture. In addition to worship spaces the building also houses a number of co-operatively owned enterprises, including a wood work shop. These mutual businesses are run along lines inspired by Sikh religious principals.


From the Gudwara’s roof


 

Inside the Worship Spaces


 

Kitchens, workshops and other spaces