Brutalist seminary to be resurrected in 2015 after 25 years of neglect

The building will formally reopen in summer 2017, marking 50 years from when the first foundation stone was laid. Related story: Gillespie Kidd Coia architect Andy MacMillan dies aged 85London-based Avanti Architects   were appointed to revive the site in 2011. The first phase of development will include reestablishing the surrounding landscape and removing hazardous asbestos. News:   after a quarter of a century of decay, a full design team has been appointed to convert the ruins of   Gillespie, Kidd Coia’s Brutalist St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, into a major venue for art and culture. Proposal for the transformation”Our plans offer a singular and dramatic set of spaces to release new uses and new ways of framing human activity.”
Restoration of St Peter’s seminary, located in the former Kilmahew estate, is due to begin in the new year. Rather than restoring the ruined building to its original condition, the team plan to take its current state as inspiration, “finding value in the unmediated changes that have emerged over the last decades”. Designed by celebrated architects, the late Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, the concrete seminary was completed in 1966 but was only used for its original purpose for 14 years, followed by an even briefer spell as a drug rehabilitation centre.

Updated: 26.11.2014 — 05:44