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Holyrood completion will take until autumn

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Officials at Enric Miralles' Holyrood building have revealed that the controversial parliament will not be totally completed until this autumn - one year after its official opening.

In addition to planting on a small piece of fenced off grass to the rear of the £431 million Edinburgh landmark, as of the end of June there were still 840 'snags' in the building to repair during the next two months.

However, those responsible for the repairs are keen to play down the significance of such problems - about 33,000 small defects needed to be addressed when officials first moved in during August of last year, a number which has been dramatically reduced.

These small jobs can be comprised of pencil marks on walls, incorrectly placed light switches or minor, incomplete paint jobs.

One part of the landscaped grounds, at the rear of a section called 'Our Dynamic Earth', remains cordoned off. The parliament said that for horticultural reasons, gorse could only be planted there in the early autumn.

As of this week, the majority of the grounds at Holyrood are now open to the public, fulfilling the late Miralles' desire to make a 'building growing out of the land'.

by Rob Sharp

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