Faithorn Farrell Timms were appointed by the University of Greenwich to provide project management and contract administration services for the formation of a Multi-Faith Prayer Room at their Medway Campus to include washing facilities for rituals, specifically Wudu, which is performed by Muslims for ablution. The space needed to be designed to provide a welcoming and accessible space for people regardless of faiths.
The University of Greenwich’s Medway Campus shares two buildings with the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University. The University of Greenwich identified the Pilkington Building as the shared building to be provided with the multi-faith prayer room.
The Pilkington Building was designed and built around 1902 by Sir Henry Pilkington and is Grade II listed. It was designed as part of a carefully planned group of naval barrack buildings close to Chatham Dockyard.
The works included:
- The demolition of existing walls
- The formation of new walls
- The formation of new door openings
- The creation of new washing facilities and associated drainage
- The adaptation to the electrical layout
- New floor coverings
- Decorations of walls and installation of Altro Whiterock to washing rooms
- Providing a curtain to divide the prayer room
Initially, we were appointed to undertake a feasibility study for the formation of the prayer room to the Pilkington Building. Two potential areas were identified within the building and layout designs were provided for the university’s consideration.
The feasibility also provided details on the various faiths and considered a number of different issues including size and layout, orientation, Wudu and washing facilities, shoe storage, privacy, separation of males and females during prayer, religious icons, floor coverings and wall coverings.
Following the feasibility study, the university confirmed their intent to proceed with the Multi-Faith Prayer Room and we were appointed to specify and project manage the formation of the room.
We attended a meeting with the various Faith Chaplin’s from the University of Kent, Canterbury Christchurch and the University of Greenwich to discuss the project and move to the detailed design stage. Following the meeting, a final design was agreed and the detailed design and tender package produced.
As the building is Grade II Listed, we produced a Listed Building Application, along with the associated design and access statements and heritage statements. The application and associated documents were issued to Medway Council and the application was approved in the agreed timescales.
Through discussions with our client, we tendered the project on a JCT Intermediate Contract 2011 with Contractors Design for the electrical installation and drainage.
The tender package was issued to six contractors via the University of Greenwich’s procurement department. Following a four-week tender period, we produced a tender analysis and tender report for our client’s review.
Works were completed by the agreed date to enable the university to use the facilities.