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RMJM and Enric Miralles’ Scottish Parliament still ‘costing millions’


Enric Miralles and RMJM’s Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, Edinburgh, has required almost £5 million worth of ‘improvement’ works since opening six years ago

More than £2.5 million was spent on works to the Stirling Prize-winning building in the past year alone, reports the Daily Express.

Increasing security measures for MSPs account for the majority of the spending, however officials also spent over £1 million on changes to the ‘urban landscape’.

Consultants were also paid £276,000 for ‘project management and advice,’ it is claimed.

A Scottish Parliament spokesperson explained: ‘The figures reflect spend on security measures at the Scottish Parliament over the last two years and also long-term maintenance planning.’

In 2004 the building opened three years late, costing 10 times more than anticipated. Bespoke doors, windows and faulty pins in the roof beams in the chamber have had to be replaced.

Apart from the 2005 RIBA Stirling Prize, it has also won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture. It was one of the last buildings by Catalan architect Enric Miralles, who died in 2000.

In the coming month, the Scottish Parliament is set to unveil the winner of a competition to design a 250m² security and screening centre for the building.

RMJM declined to comment.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Sorry Alex, but this is a complete non-story... Westminster has had millions spent on it at as well after MI5 recommended a whole host of security changes in almost all major government buildings. It's not just the Scottish Parliament building!

    Oh, and just for future reference, none of the roof beams in the chamber were replaced, only a few faulty pins in the fittings... But then I wouldn't want to get in the way of your Daily Express tabloid drivel 'reporting'!

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  • Further to the above comment I'd like to point out another inaccuracy: 'Scottish MPs' sit at Westminster.

    I suspect what you meant was 'MSPs' - surely the AJ doesn't think their readers wouldn't understand that?!

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