UK's first Peace Palace - made in Suffolk

The Maharishi Peace Palace at Rendlesham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Britain's first Peace Palace has opened in Suffolk - costing £5m.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is best known for the teaching of Transcendental Meditation throughout the world for more than 50 years.

He even famously worked with the Beatles.

Now the new Peace Palace in Rendlesham will allow people to practise his techniques and take part in courses.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Credit: British Pathe.

Every aspect of the palace has been designed based on a style of architecture that dates back hundreds of years, called Maharishi Vastu.

It’s about promoting peace and happiness to those who step inside, connecting an individual to their wider environment.

Architect John Renwick said it was the type of building that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi wanted his knowledge and programmes to be taught in.

Inside the Maharishi Peace Palace. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
Houses have been built in the surrounding area, using the same ancient principles. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

There are similar Peace Palaces across the world but this one is surrounded by a special residential development. Every building like the palace faces East and has been constructed using the same ancient principles.

They plan to carry out research in the future to see if the design of these homes affects the wellbeing of those living there.

Click below to watch video report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.