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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.

“Maharishi’s central objective was to create peace for the individual and peace for society.

"We want to create peace on the level of consciousness on a deeper level so that it creates bliss in society and internationally as well and there’s good scientific research that demonstrates that that actually happens when you have sufficient people practising Transcendental meditation.”

– Richard Johnson, National director for Transcendental Meditation.

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.

“All the proportions and dimensions are based on measurements of the human body and also the placement of the rooms are organised to get the maximum benefit for the light according to whatever it is you want to do in the room.

"The rising sun comes up shines through the building and you’re aware of what time of day it is. The dining room’s in the south, the kitchen is in the south east the meditation room is in the north and it seems to work really well.”

– John Renwick, architect.
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.