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Great Britain: Maharishi Peace Palace update - Construction start planned for early summer
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6 April 2010
In Great Britain, architects have been completing the design of the Maharishi Peace Palace to be built at Maharishi Garden Village at Rendlesham in Suffolk. Work has also been progressing with engineers: 'There are many considerations to be taken into account, for fire safety and so on,' said Raja Peter Warburton, Raja of Great Britain for the Global Country of World Peace*. 'A few changes were also made to the design which involved the local planners,' he said.
The whole building will be filled with light that enters the Brahmasthan (silent central area) through a large cupola in the roof, Raja Peter explained. The central part of the building, a very large exhibition hall, is open to the roof to let light flood in, and both the ground floor and first floor will have very high windows, with Vedic ornamentation, so that light fills the building from east to west.
Showing slides of the plans for the Maharishi Peace Palace, Raja Peter gave a progress report on the latest developments with the design. The very large central hall on the ground floor has been maintained, and on the north side will be a large area for group practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme and Yogic Flying. A dining hall and kitchen with separate entrance will be on the south side; on the west side will be a large meeting room, again with high windows to let in the maximum amount of light.
The second floor has a gallery, so it will be possible to walk around and look down on the hall below, where exhibitions, lectures, and concerts will be held.
The design also features meeting rooms, along with en suite accommodation, on this floor. In the latest plans the roof of the building has been raised, so that on the top floor the rooms are more spacious and comfortable, and allowing more accommodation for those attending courses and events at the Peace Palace.
'From these drawings we see the very satisfactory development of the project,' Raja Peter said. He added that within four to six weeks the development phase for architecture and engineering will be completed. The infrastructure for water and electricity is in place; and the plan is to start construction in the early summer.
* Raja Peter spoke on the 2 April Maharishi Global Family Chat, which is broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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