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NVA snaps up Cardross seminary

Arts charity NVA has purchased the Gillespie Kidd and Coia-designed St Peter’s Seminary at Cardross near Glasgow as part of £10 million plans for its redevelopment

Recognised as a ‘masterpiece’ of Scottish modernism, the A-listed 1960s building has been left crumbling since it was abandoned in the 1980s.

NVA has now acquired the building from site owner the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow under ‘conditional missives’ and hopes to raise £10 million for its redevelopment over the next two years.

The charity plans to convert the building into an ‘intentional Modernist ruin’.

The ‘incremental’ introduction of artists and artworks to the site would create an ‘intellectual context’ for the ‘partial’ restoration, according to NVA. A series of international design competitions was also mooted when the project launched.

In March, developer Urban Splash walked away from high-profile plans to transform the building into a mixed-use housing and leisure redevelopment. The project was designed by Glasgow-based Gareth Hoskins Architects.

Angus Farquhar, the creative director of NVA, told The Herald Scotland: ‘This is the best chance this building has got.

‘This is the best way of doing it: we have two years to raise the money and we have the building, and now we have a free run at it, and can begin working with all kinds of national partners to make this happen.

‘The eventual purchase is for a price from the Catholic Church we are very happy with, and will not be disclosed.’

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