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New Temple Complex

Education & Public Sector

New Temple Complex

Project Info

With a celebration of natural materiality embedded in local history, the New Temple Complex is a forward-looking building characterised by peaceful simplicity.

Commissioned by The White Eagle Lodge, a multi-faith spiritual organisation, this new building seeks to welcome visitors from all faiths and all corners of the world. It comprises a temple, library, chapels, community hall, public foyer and kitchen, set within newly landscaped grounds.

A series of orthogonal timber-framed pavilions, connected by a cloistered walkway and facing onto a central courtyard garden, have been designed with passive principles and long-term sustainability in mind.

An ancient pathway runs beside the site, passing clay beds and chalk streams, following a Tudor route used to transport timber from ancient forests to the shipbuilding city of Portsmouth. Adopting a fabric-first approach, the building makes use of each of these materials: entirely timber framed, with facing clay brickwork set within chalk lime mortar, and lined in UK-grown ash and birch ply. The resulting spaces encourage contemplation and a connection to the landscape.


ArchitectJames Gorst Architects

Structural EngineerEckersley O'Callaghan

Wood SupplierEnglish Woodlands Timber

ContractorBeard Construction

SpeciesSiberia Larch (Siberia), European Spruce (Bavarian Forest), White Ash (UK), Birch plywood (Europe) - PEFC & FSC certified

ClientThe White Eagle Lodge

JoineryKingsdown Joinery

Quantity surveyor & project managerJackson Coles

FurnitureBench Studio

Structural FramePacegrade

PhotographerRory Gardiner

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