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Modern ruin proposal for derelict Cardross

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Gillespie Kidd & Coia's best-known work, St Peter's College in Cardross, Scotland, is in such a state of dereliction that it could be made a rare modern ruin.

The 1966 concrete slab and column building, designed as a priests' training college, is still in the ownership of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Glasgow. But despite being Grade A listed and widely considered an archetypal Scottish building, it has been neglected, suffering disrepair, vandalism, graffiti and fire damage.

The building, near Glasgow, which was inspired by Le Corbusier, has been on the Scottish Civic Trust's 'buildings at risk register' for more than 13 years and various attempts to redevelop it have all failed. But the latest proposals suggest stabilising the shell and leaving it as a ruin, and the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is currently exploring how it can get involved.

However, artist Dan Dubowitz, who has photographed the building, said its current state has made it a cult site. But it urgently needed to be stabilised and protected from the elements, he added.

Diane Watters at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments for Scotland, who has written a book on the seminary, said it would need huge investment to restore it. 'I don't see much future for it short of leaving it as a 20th century ruin, ' she said.

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