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NVA detail Cardross ‘Invisble College’ plan

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February 6 2013

NVA detail Cardross ‘Invisble College’ plan
Environmental arts charity NVA has published more details of their ambitious proposals to transform the decaying St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, into an ‘Invisible College’.

This will entail rehabilitation of the chapel and sanctuary, including its ‘ziggurat’ rooflight, as a ‘raw’ space, to dovetail with landscaping work to the surrounding Kilmahew Woods – transforming the area into a tourist attraction and events space.

Described as a ‘future field station’ the college will constitute part of an international network of learning institutions and play host to a variety of events, exhibitions and interventions in this capacity.

Devised in partnership with Strathclyde, Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities the programme involves input from locals, artists and others organisation of open research days on site and the planting of herbs and vegetables within the walled garden (where a new visitor centre is proposed to be built).

A decision on the planning application is due to be made by the end of March and a capital fundraising campaign is currently underway for the £15m scheme, kick-started by a £500k grant from Historic Scotland.

Avanti Architects and landscape architects ERZ are collaborating on the masterplan with Conisbee and Max Fordham serving as structural and service engineers respectively.
A programme of events, interventions and exhibitions will take place here
A programme of events, interventions and exhibitions will take place here
An evocatice altar space will be at the heart of the redeveloped space
An evocatice altar space will be at the heart of the redeveloped space

Areas not in use will be made wind and water tight
Areas not in use will be made wind and water tight
Gillespie Kidd and Coia’s 1966 landmark sits within 57 hectares of woodland
Gillespie Kidd and Coia’s 1966 landmark sits within 57 hectares of woodland

Much of the sprawling structure will remain disused
Much of the sprawling structure will remain disused
Public footpaths and bridges will be returned to use
Public footpaths and bridges will be returned to use

The A-listed Seminary has been serelict since 1987
The A-listed Seminary has been serelict since 1987

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