Update on Kilmahew project

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NVA held a public meeting at Geilston Hall in Cardross recently to update on progress towards the development of the former St Peter’s Seminary and surrounding landscape.

Combining partial restoration, consolidation and new design, the project will create unique performance and exhibition spaces, which will present a broad programme of heritage and arts activities.

The NVA team gave presentations on the proposed designs for the seminary buildings and wider landscape. The design proposals aim to highlight the heritage of the whole site, from the ruined Kilmahew Castle, through the remains of the Victorian designed landscape to the 20th Century Modernist masterpiece that is St Peter’s itself.

The project is entering the final stages of its fundraising programme, aiming for all funding to be secured by early 2016. The proposed works would then commence in late 2016 and the works completed and Kilmahew and St Peter’s open to the public from spring 2018.

The meeting was attending by over 40 people from the local community. Enthusiasm was expressed for re-engaging with the site, particularly in terms of the community growing project that had been piloted on site in recent years.

While the opinions differed on the aesthetic merits of the St Peter’s buildings, there was a positive response to the project as a whole and its potential benefits for the local community.

NVA will be hosting public meetings on a regular basis as the project develops, with the next due to take place in the autumn. For further information on the plans for the development of Kilmahew and St Peter’s visit http://nva.org.uk/artwork/kilmahew-st-peters

The image shows the main space cleared. It was created by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA.