About Coexist House
Coexist House is a planned new London landmark, which aims to become the leading global centre for transforming public understanding of the practices and perspectives of the world’s religions.
Five partnering institutions have come together to realise Coexist House: the City of London Corporation, the University of Cambridge, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Inner Temple and the Coexist Foundation.
"The government supports the vision of Coexist House to create an inter-faith centre in London. It will benefit communities in the UK and around the world; reaching out to people of all faiths and none, and demonstrating how religious belief is an integral and peaceful part of people's lives.
It's what we need, because a proper understanding of faith is the best way to stand up to bigotry in all its forms"
The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP
- Islam and the Media, The Observer, September 2015
- Multi-faith hub for the City of London, Church Times, February 2015
- In our global era it is just not viable to 'not to God', The Times, February 2014
The Feasibility Study
In 2014, the founding partners completed a feasibility study supported by leading consultants to test, support and investigate property options for Coexist House.
The study concluded that "Coexist House is a feasible project, for which there is both a demonstrable public demand and a geo-political imperative".
Audience research consultancy Muse carried out quantitative and qualitative research, finding that “The overall concept… is one of the most well received cultural concepts tested in the last 3 years”.
Museum master planners Metaphor undertook detailed location research and produced three possible business plans for Coexist House, at different scales.
The study recommended that Coexist House initially occupy a space within a cultural hub or academic institution; it may become an anchor tenant in a mixed-use development, as part of the refurbishment of an iconic building.
The final phase will be a stand alone Coexist House.