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First images revealed of Cardross revamp proposals

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The first images of Avanti’s £7.3million ‘rescue’ scheme for the St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross have been released

Public art charity NVA is transforming the building into an international arts venue and once completed the seminary building will host events and exhibitions.

Avanti was revealed as the winner of the long-awaited competition to ‘rescue’ Gillespie Kidd & Coia’s St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross by the AJ back in August (AJ 28.08.14).

It was the second time the practice and ERZ Landscape Architects – now in a joint bid with Glasgow-based NORD Architecture – had landed the prestigious commission, having originally won planning for a £15 million scheme to rejuvenate the landmark in summer 2013.

The 1966 Brutalist training college for priests was used for just 15 years before it was abandoned 25 years ago. In 2007 it was put on the World Monuments Fund endangered list.

The proposals include a 600-seat performing arts venue and a heritage exhibition alongside indoor and outdoor teaching spaces.

Inspired by the current state of the Grade A-listed building and its grounds, the scheme will include partial restoration and reclamation alongside new interventions.

Angus Farquhar, creative director of NVA said: ‘Our plans represent an unheralded form of regeneration; one that accepts loss and ruination as part of the site history. They offer a singular and dramatic set of spaces to release new uses and new ways of framing human activity.’

Work on clearing the site and removing dangerous wind-borne asbestos from the buildings is set to being in early 2015.

The site is expected to open to the public in 2017 – more than 50 years since the first foundation stone was laid.

Model of the proposed restoration of Cardross

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  • The very best of news for this 'lost' elegy to Brutalism, lurking in the abandoned demesne of Kilmahew.
    And it should be a fine tribute to the memory of Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan.

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