The planning application has gone in for the landscape-led regeneration of the ruined St Peter’s Seminary at Kilmahew in Cardross.

erz's masterplan for St Peter's/ Kilmahew
erz's masterplan for St Peter's/ Kilmahew

Led by landscape architect erz, working with architect Avanti, the proposal won the Neighbourhood Planning category in the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards. It is the latest attempt to find a use for the former seminary. Designed by Gillespie Kidd & Coia in 1966 and Grade A-listed, the building is internationally renowned but has failed to find a viable use and has fallen into disrepair.

Called ‘The Invisible College’, the scheme proposes rehabilitating the main seminary building as a ‘raw’ space, plus the introduction of a new building in the walled garden which will act as a hub for community projects. There will be restoration of paths and landscape, and accommodation for new vehicular access.

Rolf Roscher, director of ERZ, said, ‘I think a key thing is that this is a landscape-led masterplan and that a landscape architecture practice has led the development of the masterplan’,

The judges of the LI awards commented, ‘erz has put forward a scheme that draws on a unique, exciting and innovative approach to landscape architecture. It makes the reader think and reflect, and pushes the discipline forward.’

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