Kilmahew / St Peter’s
NVA’s ambitious campaign to raise £7.5 million to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings, St Peters Seminary, has been given a substantial boost, with a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award will release £565k development funding leading to a second stage submission for £3 million.
This major investment provides a significant contribution towards the realisation of our plans for this contested site on the banks of the Firth of Clyde. The proposals have been garnering international support since they were presented as a compelling narrative for change at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition in 2010. Over the next year NVA must raise a further £3.5 million through capital fundraising and a major public campaign that will be launched early in 2014.
The revived historic buildings, improved path network and new learning pavilion with a groundbreaking programme of public art, events, and performance will provide original ways to actively participate in the future of Kilmahew. The works will partially restore the stunning chapel within a wider consolidation of the derelict seminary buildings and reinvigorate the surrounding 45 hectare woodland and productive gardens, gradually bringing the site back to life through a wide range of art, heritage and open learning activities. This support represents a defining moment for the imaginative re-use of a public rural space and retention of a 20th century modernist building, many of which have been destroyed in the last 30 years.
Planning & Listed Building Consents for the designs by Avanti Architects and ERZ Landscape Architects have already been granted by Argyll & Bute Council and works to remove invasive Rhododendron Ponticum from the site and replant with native trees is planned early in the new year.
Over the last three years, NVA in partnership with Glasgow and Edinburgh universities has run The Invisible College. Cast as a ‘future field station’, the Arts & Humanities Research Council funded project has been using the ‘site as subject matter’ for a series of open learning days, interventions and lectures. The aim is to expand these activities into a world class research programme for students and the wider public over the next five years.
We are now starting a public campaign to raise 1.5 million for the capital development by 2015. If you would like to support us, please donate below:
Masterplan (pdf 22.5MB)
More archive documents and early research are available in Downloads.