The Heritage Lottery Fund has given arts charity NVA £565,000 towards the cost of saving the derelict St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Argyll
Designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in the 60s the priests’ training college is considered a masterpiece of modernist architecture but has been in a ruinous state since the 1980s.
The latest cash injection is on top of £500,000 that Historic Scotland pumped into the project in 2012.
NVA needs to find another £7.5 million in funding to save the A-listed building.
The charity hopes to launch a public fundraising campaign next year to raise a further £3.5 million and the Heritage Lottery Fund grant should lead to a second stage submission for an additional £3 million in 2015.
Angus Farquhar, creative director of NVA, told the BBC that the Heritage Lottery Funding cash was ‘a pivotal moment’ for the project.
He said: ‘The seminary building is held in high regard throughout the world. It has now been given the chance of a second life after 25 years of decline.’
The seminary was added to the World Monuments Fund endangered list in 2007.
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St Peter’s seminary restoration lands £500,000 cash boost
NVA’s ambitious plans to save the crumbling ruin of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s 1966 St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross have received £500,000 from Historic Scotland
The ambitious project backed by arts charity NVA is one of 16 historic buildings receiving a total £4 million announced this week.
NVA creative director Angus Farquhar said: ‘The Historic Scotland support is brilliant for us and the first step in a complex public and private funding matrix.’
John Allan of Avanti said: ‘This is very good news indeed. Historic Scotland is a key stakeholder in St Peter’s Cardross and this formal confirmation is vital, both financially and as a public signal of official commitment, to moving the project forward. NVA and the team are now planning the next steps in this unique rescue mission.’
Scottish cabinet secretary for culture Fiona Hyslop said: ‘I am delighted that Historic Scotland’s £4,061,535grant funding for building repairs will regenerate 16 diverse and fascinating buildings, from the Leighton Library in Dunblane, Scotland’s earliest surviving purpose built library, to the iconic bridge at Brig o Doon in Alloway, immortalised by Robert Burns’ poem Tam O’Shanter, to the well-loved Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow.
‘It is vital that we preserve our historic environment, not only for future generations to enjoy, but also to attract visitors from around the world who come to explore our fascinating history and heritage.’
As part of NVA’s proposals to create an education and public arts centre within the 57-hectare woodland area, the seminary’s main sanctuary hall will become a wind and watertight events space.
The ruined glasshouses of a nearby 19th-century walled garden will be transformed into a visitor centre and paths through the landscape restored.
Full list of Historic Scotland building grants funding recipients
St Peter’s, Cardross £ 500,000
Grand Fountain, Paisley £ 100,132
Spiers Centre, Alloa £ 435,000
Pheasantry, Haddo House £ 28,169
Riddle’s Court £ 500,000
Glasgow School of Art £ 178,042
Rothesay Pavilion £ 500,000
Carnsalloch House £ 364,000
Brig O’ Doon £ 30,160
Corn Exchange, Dalkeith £ 83,864
Leighton Library £ 76,800
Inverness Town Steeple £ 241,750
Haddington Town House £ 59,000
Brodie’s Mill Innerleithen £ 500,000
Castle Leod £ 219,618
Kelvingrove Bandstand £ 245,000