Planning Application lodged to transform run-down estate.
One of Scotland's finest examples of post-modern architecture together with its surrounding estate could be re-opened for recreational use if a Planning Application launched on Friday (2 July 2004) by the Archdiocese of Glasgow is approved.
Under the scheme, the acclaimed A-listed St. Peter s Seminary building, regarded as one of the finest works of Glasgow Architects Gillespie Kidd and Coia, would be safeguarded and partially restored and Kilmahew Estate in which the seminary building revitalised and opened up for the amenity of the local community
Under this innovative scheme the Church would gift ownership to the local community through a local management team following stabilization of the listed building, restoration of the listed bridges and completion of essential work to the estate.
The new scheme follows extensive consultation with the local council, the community and interested amenity bodies together with Historic Scotland.
In addition to the stabilization and environmental works to the estate, 28 new homes will be discreetly located within the old walled garden with the existing lodges on the estate being renovated for habitation. Money raised from these sources will finance the works to the estate and buildings.
It is intended that the works will create significant local opportunity for employment and training.
Launching the application, Archbishop Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow said: "This proposal will hopefully bring to an end a 20 year search for an appropriate solution to the problem of how best to preserve the old seminary building and the estate. The Archdiocese has spent substantial sums on the property in an attempt to keep it secure. Our plans will involve a significant improvement in amenities for the local population, the securing of a vulnerable listed building and the gifting of the estate to a management body to ensure a healthy long-term future.
"Over the years the Archdiocese has, despite all the difficulties of an exposed site, gone to immense trouble and expense to act as a responsible custodian of the fine architecture to be found within the estate. We have worked hard to ensure these new proposals have the support of the local population and we dare to hope that the planning department will view them favourably."
Backing for the new plan also came from the local community. Chairman of Cardross Community Council and local Church of Scotland minister, Rev Andrew Scobie, said: There have always been close ties between Kilmahew and the local Cardross community, and for long people enjoyed and valued access to the estate. Community Councils have a statutory right to be consulted on local planning matters and the present proposals for Kilmahew will assuredly be given the full support of the Community Council.
John Sheridan, Director of Classical House, the developer who would oversee the transformation of the estate said: "We have assembled a skilled professional team to take this complex but innovative project forward. The intention is to ensure that the structure continues to offer opportunity for re-use at some time in the future by resolving issues that prevent this."
For further information contact:
Archdiocese of Glasgow: Ken Crilley, Director of Development, 0141 226 5898
Classical House Ltd: John Sheridan 0141 332 6611 (jpeg images available)
Keppie Planning: Baxter Allan 0141 204 0066
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