New house owners are planning a “dwelling future” for architecturally vital seminar ruins

New house owners are planning a “dwelling future” for architecturally vital seminar ruins

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The St. Peter seminar has not been used since the 1980s and is now in ruins

The archdiocese of Glasgow has given a dilapidated seminar, considered by architects to be of global importance, to new owners.

The St. Peter seminar near Cardross in Agryll and Bute is in an advanced state of decay after its abandonment in 1987.

The important property was built between 1961 and 1966 in a brutalist style and maintains Category A status, providing the highest level of protection for a building of "special architectural or historical interest".

Ownership of the building and surrounding property was transferred from the Archdiocese of Glasgow to a new charity, the Kilmahew Education Trust, on Friday.

The trust aims to develop the location as an asset for the local community while respecting the unique architectural status of the iconic building.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the archbishop of Glasgow, said: "This is a good day for the archdiocese, for the region and, I hope, for the entire Scottish community.

"The times were very different when St. Peter's Basilica was opened in the late 1960s with great architectural applause.

"Changing requirements for priestly training, a decrease in the number of seminarians and difficulties in maintaining the building structure meant that the seminar had a relatively short lifespan.

"The Archdiocese has been looking for a new owner for the site for four decades, and a solution was finally found. I wish the new owners every success in developing the site and creating a new chapter in the history of the seminary and its surroundings."

Stuart Cotton of the new nonprofit foundation said the organization was developing a "very exciting and vibrant future" for the site that would also respect its "outstanding legacy".

Plans for the property will be released in due course and will keep education at the center of its purpose, Cotton said.

"The trust is pleased to take on the many challenges at Kilmahew Estate and thanks the Archdiocese of Glasgow for their excellent support over the past year in facilitating the transfer of ownership and for entrusting us with the honor of becoming the next." Administrators of this outstanding and unique cultural heritage, "he said.

"There is no doubt about the beauty of the Kilmahew landscape or the atmospheric presence that surrounds the St. Peter seminary complex. We just have to develop a sustainable vision, the core of which is education, and execute the plans that evolve from it best efforts.

"Before the acquisition, our Education Trust put together an internationally known team to support us. We are currently working on fine-tuning our plans to improve Kilmahew, which will be released in due course.

"It goes without saying that the Kilmahew Estate and St. Peter & # 39; s Seminary are of significant historical importance to the Scottish public, and we know exactly how many different groups are stakeholders, including the local Cardross community, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government.

"In the next few months we will build relationships with these and other stakeholders and, together with our team of experts, present our vision for Kilmahew."

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