New Multi-faith Centre approved for Streatham Campus
The University of Exeter has green-lit the building of a new Multi-Faith Centre behind the Forum building. Replacing the existing Muslim prayer rooms and multi-faith spaces in the Old Library.
The new building will be located in the green area behind the Forum Kitchen, and down the steps from the Starbucks outside seating area.
The University has said that it will pursue building the Multi-Faith Centre according to sustainable practices whilst aiming to reduce carbon emissions during the process. The design, construction, and maintenance phases will all be influenced by sustainable practices. The structure itself will be built with Porotherm clay blocks made from 30% recycled materials and have an expected lifespan of 150 years; even after which the blocks can be recycled. Extensive insulation, triple-glazed windows, air source heat pumps, and solar panels on the roof will also be included.
The University’s 2030 strategy outlines how it wants to use the power of education to promote a sustainable, healthy, and just future. This project reflects the values of respect, community, and inclusion; whilst combatting climate change through sustainable building practices.
Shraddha Chaudhary, Assistant Director for Culture and Inclusion at the University of Exeter said: “We are really excited to progress our plans for the new Multi-Faith Centre. The University is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion and developing cultural competence working with partners across Exeter and Cornwall, and the wider region.
“We want to provide our students and staff with a dedicated environment for quiet reflection and to hold multi-faith activities. The Students’ Guild, local faith leaders and the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy team are contributing to the plans for the new building and we can’t wait to see the finished centre.”
The University is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion and developing cultural competenceShraddha Chaudhary, Assistant Director for Culture and Inclusion at the University of Exeter
The Multifaith Chaplaincy team already provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for everyone at the university, through several rooms in the Old Library. They include faith leaders from Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as a coordinator and administrator. University students and staff can receive help with any matters by contacting the Chaplaincy. The new building will create an accessible and convenient place for anyone to access their support.