The charity behind plans to convert Gillespie Kidd & Coia’s ruined St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross into an arts venue has set 2018 as its proposed opening date
It was announced today (4 December) that work on the £7.3 million restoration project – led by arts charity NVA – will start next autumn. The much-anticipated project will see the 50-year-old Grade A-listed Brutalist structure transformed into an international arts centre renamed Hinterland.
The news coincides with the start of tickets sales for the landmark’s first public event – a sound and light installation running from 18 to 27 March.
Devised by NVA director Angus Farquhar and Scottish composer Rory Boyle, the choral installation – also known as Hinterland – will form the opener to Scotland’s 2016 Festival of Architecture.
Around 8,000 tickets – priced at £23 each – are available for the show which will allow public access to the 57-hectare site and ruin for the first time in more than 30 years.
A seminar discussing the 1966 building’s legacy and restoration is also planned for later in the year as part of the RIAS-organised festival.
Originally designed by Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, the former seminary on a remote estate near Cardross fell into significant disrepair following its closure in 1984.
Drawn up by Avanti with NORD Architecture and ERZ Landscape Architects, the £7.3 million rescue project aims to partially restore the abandoned landmark.
The proposals include a 600-seat performing arts venue and a heritage exhibition alongside indoor and outdoor teaching spaces.