India Gardens, West End Road, Northolt, Middlesex UB5 6RE

Updates

2024

June 2024

Piling works completed

Wing strip foundation works started. 

8th June 2024 - SKLPC AGM India Gardens Report

I am delighted to announce that the new substation installation has been successfully completed. This marks a significant milestone as the old station has now been decommissioned and removed.   

Our caretaker’s bungalow has been completed, and since December 2023, our caretaker has moved in. This ensures that we have dedicated support on-site to manage and maintain the premises efficiently and effectively. 

 આગળ, અમારા કેરટેકરનું ઝૂંપડું પૂર્ણ થયું છે, અને ડિસેમ્બર 2023 થી, અમારા કેરટેકર ત્યાં રહેવા લાગ્યા છે. સુનિશ્ચિત કરે છે કે અમારી પાસે સ્થળ પર વ્યવસ્થા અને જાળવણી કરવા માટે સમર્પિત સહાય છે. 

We have also successfully completed the construction of temporary site offices, welfare facilities, roadworks, and fencing around the construction site. These facilities are essential for the smooth functioning of the project and to provide a comfortable working environment for our team. 

I am pleased to inform you that all demolition works related to our previous buildings have been completed. This clears the way for construction of the new building to progress on the site. 

In preparation for forming correct levels, ground reduction works are currently underway. This essential step ensures the stability and proper construction of the upcoming structures. 

The laying of hardcore to form the piling mat is complete. This is a crucial foundation element that will support the structure. 

The piling works have commenced last week. These are integral to the foundation and essential works for the building. 

We have scheduled the steel fabrication contractor to start onsite works at the end of July 2024. This marks an important step towards the construction of the main structure of India Gardens. 

Our target is to have the roof structure in place by December 2024. Once completed, this major milestone will signify the progress and advancement of the project. 

We are also pleased to announce that Affinity Water will be connecting our new 90mm water supply within the next two weeks. This development ensures that we have a reliable water source for the facility’s needs. 

The construction works are now proceeding at a rapid pace. To ensure that we do not encounter any delays due to a lack of funds, we urge all those who have made a pledge, to now commence the transferring of your funds. If you require any assistance with this process, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

બાંધકામ કાર્ય હવે ઝડપી ગતિએ આગળ વધી રહ્યું છે. ખાતરી કરવા માટે કે નાણાંની અછતને કારણે કોઈ વિલંબ થાય, અમે તમામને વિનંતી કરીએ છીએ કે જેમણે પ્રતિજ્ઞા કરી છે તેઓ ફંડ ટ્રાન્સફર કરવાની પ્રક્રિયા શરૂ કરે. જો તમને પ્રક્રિયામાં કોઈ મદદની જરૂર હોય તો કૃપા કરીને અમારો સંપર્ક કરવામાં સંકોચો નહીં. 

For donations, you can complete your donation by transferring to the bank account provided or by regular payments via debit/credit card on our website. Your support and contributions are vital for the successful completion of this community project. 

દાન માટે, તમે આપેલા બેંક ખાતામાં ટ્રાન્સફર કરીને અથવા અમારી વેબસાઇટ પર નિયમિત ચુકવણી અથવા ક્રેડિટ કાર્ડ દ્વારા તમારું દાન પૂર્ણ કરી શકો છો. સમુદાય પ્રોજેક્ટના સફળ સમાપ્ત કરવા માટે તમારો સહયોગ અને યોગદાન મહત્વપૂર્ણ છે. 

I want to emphasise that this project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community. It represents a significant milestone as our immigrant community builds its own home in the UK. I encourage each and every one of you to make a donation or pledge to enable the completion of this center and expand our organisation’s activities. Please also encourage your friends and family to do the same. 

હું પ્રોજેક્ટ અમારા સમુદાય માટે જીવનમાં એકવાર મળતી તક છે તે પર ભાર મૂકવા માંગું છું. યુનાઇટેડ કિંગડમમાં અમારા ઇમિગ્રન્ટ સમુદાય માટે એક મહત્વપૂર્ણ માઇલસ્ટોન છે. હું દરેકને કેન્દ્રને પૂર્ણ કરવા માટે દાન અથવા પ્રતિજ્ઞા કરવા માટે પ્રોત્સાહિત કરું છું અને અમારી સંસ્થાની પ્રવૃત્તિઓને વિસ્તૃત કરવા માટે. કૃપા કરીને તમારા મિત્રો અને પરિવારને પણ તે કરવા માટે પ્રોત્સાહિત કરો. 

As a replacement for the demolished dining and sports buildings, we have erected an event marquee. This marquee spans 1,000 square meters and features a fully operational commercial kitchen and parking facilities. It can accommodate all of our functions as well as external hires. We have already received increased interest and bookings from our affiliate Gaams, including larger Gaams that were previously unable to be accommodated. 

વિસર્જિત ડાઇનિંગ અને રમતગમતના બિલ્ડિંગ્સના બદલે, અમે એક ઇવેન્ટ માર્કી બનાવ્યું છે. મરકી 1,000 ચો.મી.માં ફેલાયેલું છે અને તેમાં સંપૂર્ણપણે કાર્યરત વ્યાવસાયિક રસોડું અને પાર્કિંગ સુવિધાઓ છે. તે અમારી તમામ કાર્યક્ષમતાઓ તેમજ બાહ્ય ભાડા માટે સમાયોજિત કરી શકે છે. અમે અમારા સંલગ્ન ગામો પાસેથી વધતી રસ અને બુકિંગ્સ પ્રાપ્ત કરી છે, જેમાં મોટા ગામોનો સમાવેશ થાય છે જે અગાઉ સમાયોજિત કરવામાં અસમર્થ હતા. 

We understand the importance of keeping you informed about the progress of the construction. Therefore, we regularly update our India Gardens website with images and details as the project moves forward. To stay up to date, please visit our website. 

અમને બાંધકામની પ્રગતિ વિશે તમને માહિતી આપવી મહત્વપૂર્ણ છે. તેથી, અમે નિયમિત રીતે ભારત ગાર્ડન્સ વેબસાઇટ પર છબીઓ અને વિગતો સાથે અપડેટ કરીએ છીએ. અપડેટ રહેવા માટે, કૃપા કરીને અમારી વેબસાઇટ પર મુલાકાત લો. 

Our dedicated team holds weekly meetings to review the progress made, plan ahead, and identify cost-saving opportunities. We are committed to ensuring the efficient and successful completion of India Gardens. 

અમારી સમર્પિત ટીમ પ્રગતિની સમીક્ષા કરવા, આગળની યોજના બનાવવા અને ખર્ચ બચતના અવસરોની ઓળખ કરવા માટે અઠવાડિક મીટિંગ્સ યોજે છે. અમે ભારત ગાર્ડન્સના કાર્યક્ષમ અને સફળ સમાપ્ત કરવા માટે પ્રતિબદ્ધ છીએ. 

Please let us know if you require any further details or if there are any specific points you would like me to elaborate on. We are available for a discussion at your convenience. You can reach us via email. 

જો તમને કોઈ વધુ વિગતોની જરૂર હોય અથવા કોઈ ચોક્કસ મુદ્દાઓ પર હું વધુ વિગતવાર સમજાવું તે જરૂરી હોય, તો કૃપા કરીને અમને જાણ કરો. અમે તમારી સુવિધા મુજબ ચર્ચા માટે ઉપલબ્ધ છીએ. તમે અમને ઇમેઇલ દ્વારા સંપર્ક કરી શકો છો. 

We would like to express our gratitude to all the volunteers and businesses who have been providing Sewa since the start of the project. Your selfless contributions have played a crucial role in the progress we have made so far. If you are able to assist in the project in any way, whether it be through physical help, mental support, or financial contributions, we encourage you to contact us. This is a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact in this lifetime. Together, we can create a community center that will benefit generations to come. 

પ્રોજેક્ટની શરૂઆતથી સેવા પૂરી પાડતા તમામ સ્વયંસેવકો અને વ્યવસાયોનો અમે આભાર માનવા માગીએ છીએ. તમારી નિસ્વાર્થ યોગદાનોએ અત્યાર સુધીની પ્રગતિમાં મહત્વપૂર્ણ ભૂમિકા ભજવી છે. જો તમે પ્રોજેક્ટમાં કોઈપણ રીતે સહાય કરી શકો છો, તો તે શારીરિક મદદ, માનસિક સહાય અથવા નાણાકીય યોગદાન દ્વારા હોય, તો કૃપા કરીને અમારો સંપર્ક કરવા માટે પ્રોત્સાહિત કરો. જીવનકાળમાં એક સ્થાયી અસર કરવા માટે એક અનન્ય તક છે. સાથે મળીને, આપણે એક સમુદાય કેન્દ્ર બનાવી શકીએ છીએ જે પેઢીઓ માટે લાભદાયી બનશે. 

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to your continued support and participation in this remarkable journey. 

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April 2024

Demolition works completed 

Piling mat works started

Infrastructure works continue around temporary structure.

February 2024

SKLPC UK purchase a 50m x 20m marquee to continue our events and offer gaams a affordable venue for there functions. Demolition works continue.  

January 2024

Demolition of halls commences.

2023

December 2023

Final finishing of caretakers’ bungalow. Heating and electrics commissioned.

Clear out the entire centre in preparation for demolition.

Phase 1 of drainage works commences.

Temporary structure purchased.

October 2023

New sub-station delivered to site.

Santos from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha led by Pujya Dr Gnanvatsaldas Swami and Yogvivekdas Swami bless the India Gardens Project

September 2023

Roof completed and windows installed for caretakers’ bungalow.

August 2023

Brickwork commenced for caretakers’ bungalow.

Hoarding of the construction site.

Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj from Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, visits India Gardens to bless the project and donates £10,000 on behalf of the Sanstha.

July 2023

Excavation and pouring of foundation commenced for caretakers’ bungalow.

June 2023

AGM 2023 – Members given an update of construction timetable and an opportunity for questions and answers.

Madhapriya Swami from Swaminarayn Gurukul lays a brick in the foundation for the main building and have donates £11,111 to the project.

May 2023 - Kath Murat

Kath Murat took place on Wednesday 17 May, all donors were invited to participate.

Bhuj Santos led by Balkrushna Dasji conduct the ceremony and donate £51,000 towards the India Gardens project on behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bhuj.

Monday 29 May, Shanti Havan, all members of our community were invited to lay a brick in the foundation of the new centre, 1500 people took part. Foundation bricks laid for caretaker’s bungalow.

Feb 2023

EGM Held where Members voted in favour of selling Hendon Hall.

Meeting held with Hillingdon Council to update them on the project.

January 2023

Full design team meeting held at India Gardens.

We concluded a value engineering process, a number of areas of cost reduction were identified, this led to a number of applications being submitted to Ealing Council to vary the planning permission that has been granted. Subsequently a meeting was held with all project consultants, this meeting was to bring the consultants up to speed with changes submitted to Council and work that will be required once permissions had been received.

The result of the various applications submitted to Ealing Council is as follows:-

APPLICATION 1 –APPROVED APRIL 2023
NON-MATERIAL AMENDMENT:
Design amendments for simplified construction and reduction in costs without reducing foot print.
Left side roof – Mirroring of the roof form on the wings such that the wings on left side have flat roofs
Left service area – Infill to left side wing stores to allow space for plant and stores.
Access walkway tunnel – Reduction in the width of the walkway from front to rear currently 5.5m reduced to 3m
Straighten glazing to rear elevation – albeit maintaining the curved roof form above.
Caretakers Bungalow – Repositioned to suit better security arrangements to the site such that it is closer to the entrance.

APPLICATION 2 – APPROVED APRIL 2023
NON-MATERIAL AMENDMENT:
Makes the development more self-sufficient.1. Introduction of solar panels to central portion of roof.

Application 3APPROVED OCTOBER 2023
which relates to the removal of the retractable canopy and a marquee being used in its stead.

Application 4 – APPROVED MAY 2023
This was an application to amend the compliance dates of the conditions associated with the planning permission, this application was made for practical reasons associated with the life cycle of the build and has been approved.

APPLICATION 5 – APPROVED AUGUST 2023
Planning Condition 17 – Approval of Construction Logistics Plan.

APPLICATION 6 – APPROVED SEPT 2023
Reposition of caretakers’ bungalows to a different location on the site.

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January 2023

Construction project timeline and estimated cost to a water tight structure of £9m was proposed to Management Committee and their was unanimous agreement to start the project.

2022

October 2022

New training nets installed at SKLPC Cricket Club.

August 2022

Update letters sent to all donors and value of pledges verified, where necessary corrections have been made.

EC agreed to hold corporate night to update donors and potential donors.

July 2022

As per the community use agreement contained within the s.106 agreement, signed in July 2021, we submitted various documents as required to Ealing Council.

June 2022

Following the AGM 2022, the Executive Committee unanimously appointed Mavji Dhanji Vekaria as convenor. The IG Committee comprises of Mavjibhai Vekaria, Vinodbhai Gajparia, Samjibhai Dabasia, Sashibhai Vekaria, Jeetubhai Halai, Tinaben Jesani, Jayeshbhai Hirani, Kanjibhai Jesani, Harien Mayani, Arvinbhai Assani, Ravibhai Varsani and Rajeshbhai Jiwani.

External advising sevaks are Rikinbhai Kerai, Harishbhai Halai, Prakashbhai Halai, Ruchitbhai Dabasia, Parthbhai Wagjiani, Arvindbhai Halai, Khimjibhai Pindoria, Devshibhai Patel, Kanjibhai Vekaria, Nanjibhai Bhudia, Dineshbhai Patel, Rajnibhai Hirani, Subibhai Vishram and Dhireshbhai Halai. 

At AGM 2022 it was announced that the estimated build cost could potentially be delivered for around £20m (exc VAT) if managed in house, which we have adopted as our base point.

Immediately following AGM 2022 the IG Committee undertook an internal audit of the work that had been undertaken in respect of the IG project to that point as part of that exercise various QS’s and building professionals have been involved in helping the IG Committee to re-price and value engineer the project and broadly are of the view that based on the amended design, the project can be delivered to completion encompassing all works for £20m. You will appreciate that until the detailed revised construction drawings have been drawn up, the final revised project cost will not be announced.

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“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”

In 2018 Full planning consent was granted by London Borough of Ealing. So impressed were the council planning officers by the design of the new building that not only did they unanimously vote in favour of granting planning permission that they went on to say that “this is an award-winning building, and we want it in Ealing”

The IG Project has taken many years, an immense amount of hard work and a lot of money to get to where it is now but we cannot rest yet!