A vast 250 square meter cavity of a space – is ours. For a year the dream of the West Norwood Shala is continuously under threat. There are so many obstacles and so many hoops to jump through but finally we secure funding, planning and the purchase of the lease. At the end of October 2013 the vast 250 square meter cavity of a space – with no natural light, no heating, minimal plumbing, a severely leaking roof and a crumbling façade – is ours! The sleepless nights really begin.