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Miralles' widow misses out on Scottish Parliament return

The five-strong shortlist of architects battling to design a new visitor security screening facility at Eric Miralles and RMJM’s Scottish Parliament at Holyrood has been unveiled

The practices are: Atkins, Jordan + Bateman Architects, Lee Boyd, Nicoll Russell Studios Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects.

Controversially Miralles’ widow architect Benedetta Tagliabue failed to make the shortlist for the job which includes designing a 250m² extended security and screening centre to replace the existing public entrance on Horse Wynd, opposite Holyrood Palace (see AJ 15.03.10). The co-founder of Barcelona-based EMBT, Tagliabue told the Scotsman: ‘I don’t think it is a very good idea to have new hands, new architects, working on the same building.’

In response, a spokesperson for the Scottish Parliament said: ‘A total of 12 firms submitted applications to be invited to tender for the design contract.

‘Each company was asked to submit information in their application which demonstrated ability and experience against a set of criteria. Each submission was subjected to a standard rigorous procedure and the companies whose submissions ranked the highest were shortlisted.’

Construction of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh, ran 10 times over budget, was completed three years late and became the subject of a major public enquiry. The scheme subsequently won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005.

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is expected to name a winner in January next year

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