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Contest to 'make safe' Scottish Parliament launched

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A search has begun for an architect to design security upgrades to Enric Miralles and RMJM’s Stirling Prize-winning Scottish Parliament at Holyrood

The proposals include a 250m² extended security and screening centre to replace the existing public entrance on Horse Wynd, opposite Holyrood Palace.

The upgrade to the contentious home of Scottish politics is scheduled to be completed by 2013.

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

A spokesperson for the Scottish Parliament said: ‘This is part of ongoing measures to enhance security at Holyrood as recommended by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.

‘The Parliament takes security matters extremely seriously and this work is for the greater protection of building users and the 300,000-plus public visitors… we receive every year.

‘The initial phase involves securing a design for the facility. The SPCB will then consider the design and decide whether to proceed to the next phase, which would be the procurement of tenders for construction.

‘Once approved, full costs will, as always, be published on our website.’

He added that any new design would ‘respect the architectural significance of the building and surrounding area’.

The plans emerged as work continues on other measures around the building, including bollards and concrete benches, which have so far cost £2 million.

Additional features at the complex, which was opened in 2004 at a cost of about £430 million, have already been built or are under construction.

Spending has so far included £223,000 for a concrete ‘chicane’, £300,000 for turnstiles and £1.25 million for bollards and leaf-shaped benches.

View the tender notice.

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