London council builds housing with religion-friendly features

Source: The Guardian

BY Religion correspondent

The project was put out to competitive tender, with a brief to pay special attention to the the housing requirements of the Haredi community.
 The project was put out to competitive tender, with a brief to pay special attention to the the housing requirements of the Haredi community. Photograph: AKA MUF

London council is to build housing with religiously compliant features designed to appeal to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, in what is thought to be a first for a local authority.

Hackney council’s development, Tower Court in Stamford Hill, north-east London, will include lifts which do not require manual operation on Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath; open balconies to accommodate temporary enclosures during the religious holiday of Sukkot, and separate kitchens which can be easily adapted to kosher requirements.

The development will also house the London headquarters of Hatzola, a Jewish volunteer medical emergency service, which operates around the world.

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