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  Scottish Parliament Building - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Parliament Building is actually a complex of several buildings with a total floor area of around 29,000 m² (312,000 square feet), providing accommodation for the 129 MSPs and around 1,000 parliamentary staff and civil servants.
The building is between four and six storeys in height, and is clad in granite mosaic.
The construction of the Parliament Building proved controversial in a number of respects: the decision to construct a new building, the choice of site, the selection of a non-Scottish architect, the selection of Bovis as construction manager after having earlier been excluded from the shortlist, and serious cost and time overruns.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scottish_Parliament_Building   (1809 words)

 Scottish Parliament - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba in Gaelic, Scots Pairlament in Scots) is the national unicameral legislature of Scotland, in the capital Edinburgh.
At the first meeting of the parliament on 12 May 1999, Winnie Ewing (the Mother of Parliament or "Oldest Qualified Member" as she was described in the Official Report of debates) declared that the "Scottish Parliament which adjourned on 25 March 1707, is hereby reconvened".
Critics of this view argue that the old Parliament of Scotland remains merged in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, because the United Kingdom parliament continues to represent constituencies in Scotland, and Scotland remains subject, ultimately, to a government responsible to the United Kingdom parliament.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scottish_Parliament   (1808 words)

 Design Build Network - Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland
The official inauguration of the new Parliament building took place on 9 October 2004, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, although construction completion of entire project is not planned until April 2005.
After removing the 19th century plaster throughout the building, under archaeological supervision, it was discovered that the building was in a poor structural state.
Scottish wildflowers, trees, shrubs and water and lighting features are included, as well as gabion walls constructed from stones of some of the buildings previously on the site.
www.designbuild-network.com /projects/spb   (1607 words)

 Enric Miralles EMBT-RMJM - Scottish Parliament - :: arcspace.com
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the flower paintings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the upturned boats on the seashore for the roofs, Miralles developed a design that he said was a building "sitting in the land".
The MSP Building, housing 105 MSPs and their staff, is six storeys high at the north end, stepping down to four stories at the south end.
The Canongate Buildings situated next to Queensberry House at the foot of the Canongate, incorporates a new building as well as the construction of offices behind the existing facade.
www.arcspace.com /architects/miralles/parliament   (1037 words)

 Royal Insight > Out and about > The Queen opens the new Scottish Parliament building
The Queen sealed the establishment of the first Scottish Parliament since 1707 by opening the new Holyrood Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh and joining in with the numerous entertainments and events which marked the occasion.
The Riding marked the centuries-old Scots tradition of Parliament and people walking together, and was an updated recreation of the processions which took place during the opening of Scottish parliaments before they were abolished in the 18th century.
Each Member of the Scottish Parliament who took part was asked to nominate the individual from their constituency who they felt had done most for the public good.
www.royal.gov.uk /output/Page3405.asp   (735 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Holyrood parliament building
SCOTTISH Parliament bosses are to consider motorised gates for the entrances to the £431 million...
SCOTTISH Parliament bosses have been landed with a new embarrassment over the £431 million...
COWS may soon be invading the Scottish Parliament as part of the world's largest public art event.
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=177   (471 words)

 Scottish Parliament Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland
The Scottish Parliament Building lies near the east end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
These are also the words inscribed on the head of the Mace of the Scottish Parliament, handed to the Parliament by the Queen at the official opening of its first session on 1 July 1999.
For the first four years of its new life the Scottish Parliament usually met in the Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland on The Mound in Edinburgh, while Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) had their offices in a nearby office building borrowed from Edinburgh City Council.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk /edinburgh/scottishparliament   (1011 words)

 Scottish Parliament Building, RMJM, Photos, Miralles
The first wave of staff moved into the Scottish Parliament Building at the start of August 2004 in accordance with the overall plan for the phased roll-out of the migration into the new building.
This is an organic, non-hierarchical building and in this respect reflects one of the most important changes to society in the 20th and 21st centuries: the growth of the democratic ideal.
Scottish Parliament photos without direct credits were all approved by RMJM/Scottish Parliament in 2004 for use on the website.
www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk /scottish_parliament.htm   (2455 words)

 BBC NEWS | Scotland | Queen notes Holyrood's hard birth
The Queen was speaking during the formal opening ceremony at the new parliament complex in Edinburgh.
Scottish National Party Holyrood leader Nicola Sturgeon used her short speech in Parliament Hall to call for Scottish independence, drawing applause from some sections of the guests.
Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie criticised the "astronomical increases in cost and regular postponements" on the building.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/scotland/3727526.stm   (833 words)

 classical music - andante - new opera to be staged at scottish parliament building
McFarlane, who is chairman of the Scottish Women's Hospitals Committee, is also a leading light in the campaign to have a statue erected in honour of famous Scottish nurse Elsie Inglis in the Royal Mile.
Parliament is a focal point of the new Scotland and so why not be adventurous and use the fantastic building for things like a new opera with a local flavour?"
A Scottish Parliament spokesman said all events would be decided on as part of the Parliament's events process by the corporate body, which consists of nominated MSPs.
www.andante.com /article/article.cfm?id=25903   (640 words)

 The Scottish Parliament: holyrood.tv
Highlights of the Opening Ceremony of the New Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood on the 9th October 2004.
Parliament Hall saw the leaders of the main Political Parties affirm their delight that Scotland now had such a majestic new home for it's parliament.
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh departed Parliament Hall to a fanfare from the State Trumpeters.
www.holyrood.tv /library.asp?section=44   (298 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Top prize for Parliament building
The judges said the building "manifests itself as an attempt at an organic transition between the city and the drama of the Scottish countryside surrounding it" - an effect helped by its landscaping.
The Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer George Reid, speaking after the event, said the award honoured all those involved in the creation of the Parliament.
The Parliament was one of six buildings shortlisted for the award which recognises the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/4343690.stm   (550 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts critics | Homage to Catalonia
While the parliament building has been (slowly) rising, those muscular commercial developments have been invented, designed and built, no doubt on time and to budget, yet without showing more than a cursory delight in Edinburgh itself.
Working with Scottish practice RMJM and engineers Ove Arup, Miralles developed the design of a building and landscape (the two will be inseparable) that take their cues from sources as diverse as upturned boats along the Scottish coastline to the delicate flower paintings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Equally, the big, new, late-flowering postmodern buildings by architects CDA that include the new headquarters of the Scotsman are too big and wide-mouthed for the city.
arts.guardian.co.uk /critic/feature/0,1169,1016277,00.html   (1189 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Scottish parliament building
December 10 2003: The reputation of the father of Scottish devolution is being sullied in the inquiry into the rocketing costs of the new parliament building.
November 27 2003: Cost was not an overriding concern for the panel which chose the architect for the spectacularly over-budget Scottish parliament building, the broadcaster Kirsty Wark told the Holyrood inquiry yesterday.
November 14 2003: The fast-growing cost of the Holyrood parliament building was hidden from MSPs, the former leader of the Scottish National party Alex Salmond told the inquiry into the project yesterday.
politics.guardian.co.uk /scotland/page/0,9067,1295861,00.html   (328 words)

 Scottish Parliament - Scottish News and Articles -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Scottish Parliament evolved during the middle ages from the king’s council of bishops and earls.
It is perhaps first identifiable as a parliament in 1235, described as a ‘colloquium’ and already with a political and judicial role.
The landmark figure puts the Parliament on schedule to reach its projected number of 780,000 visitors in the first year alone.
www.scottish-parliament.com   (378 words)

 Jeffrey McManus: New Scottish Parliament Building
The new Scottish Parliament building opened today, the first Scottish assembly in 300 years.
The building is a pretty amazing piece of work — check out these photos.
I agree that the building is incredible (designed by the late Enric Miralles of Barcelona), I just wish more Scots felt the same way (as ever with parliament buildings, it was late and over budget).
mcmanus.typepad.com /grind/2004/10/new_scottish_pa.html   (257 words)

 The Hindu : International : Scottish Parliament opened
The cost of the new complex in Holyrood —; the seat of Scottish Parliament— spiralled from the original estimate of £40 millions to £430 millions amid allegations of irregularities, incompetence and corruption.
An ecstatic George Reid, the presiding officer of Scottish Parliament, described the new complex as a "remarkable building— a building that is very close to the people''.
But the Opposition could not resist a dig, and the Scottish Tory leader, David McLetechie, said it was a "matter regret that (because of its cost and repeated postponements) our Parliament has become a matter of shame when it should have been a matter of pride''.
www.hindu.com /2004/10/10/stories/2004101000801300.htm   (395 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Special report: Scottish parliament
March 3: The Scottish parliament building was at the centre of a safety scare yesterday when a heavy wooden roof beam came loose in the main debating chamber.
November 9: Annabel Goldie was confirmed as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives yesterday after a pact with the rightwinger Murdo Fraser left her unchallenged for the position.
February 20: The Scottish Executive's high-profile summit to end sectarianism was last night dismissed as tokenism by the SNP, who claimed that prejudice was inevitable as long as legislation banning Catholics from the throne remained on the statute book.
politics.guardian.co.uk /scotland/0,9054,440999,00.html   (1634 words)

 (GCM021) Holyrood Horror? by Firth of Forth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The management of the Scottish Parliament building was the subject of an inquiry by Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, who published his report in September 2004.
The Parliament was restored in 1661, but in 1707, with the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England, the Scottish Parliament was dissolved.
In 1978 a proposal for a separate Scottish Assembly was made, and as a result of a referendum in 1997, a new Scottish Parliament was born.
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 Holyrood Inquiry : Scottish Parliament Building : Introduction
First Minister Jack McConnell has written to the Parliament’s Presiding Officer, George Reid, saying the inquiry must be independent of both the Executive and the Parliament.
I have asked Lord Fraser of Carmyllie to look at the decision making prior to and since responsibility for the project was handed from the Scottish Office to the Parliamentary authorities in 1999 and he has accepted my invitation to take part.
I envisage that the report of the investigation would be submitted to the appropriate Parliament Committee to allow further additional scrutiny at that stage.
www.holyroodinquiry.org /introduction.htm   (366 words)

 Arup engineers 2005 Stirling Prize winner — Scottish Parliament Building | Arup
The striking building has been considered and judged to be an exemplar of architectural expression, demanding a level of design and discipline to render it a Stirling Prize winner.
The judges said: 'The Scottish Parliament Building is a remarkable architectural statement which has an enormous impact not only on the visitors to the building but also on the users who repeatedly move through a series of extraordinary spaces and their changing effects.'
The building was modelled in three dimensions, which helped to accommodate the lack of traditional shear walls or braced cores.
www.arup.com /newsitem.cfm?pageid=7371   (522 words)

 The Epoch Times | UK May Have Broken Rules on Scottish Parliament, EU Reports
The action by the Commission adds to a bitter row over the building, which has dominated public debate in Scotland for years as the cost spiraled 10 times over budget, reaching 430 million pounds ($827 million).
The modernist glass, steel and granite building next to the 12th century Palace of Holyroodhouse- official Scottish residence of Britain's royal family- has been dubbed "Follyrood" by critics but praised by some architectural writers.
The building is a result of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to give Scotland its own legislature with powers over local affairs as part of his devolution policy.
english.epochtimes.com /news/5-3-16/27118.html   (306 words)

 The Scottish Parliament - Homepage
Inverness will be the location for a meeting of the Environment and Rural Development Committee on Monday 15 May. The Scottish Crofting Foundation, Highland Council and the Crofters Commission will be among those giving evidence on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill at Highlands and Island Enterprise from 2pm.
Crèche facilities at the Parliament will be open to the public and passholders on Saturdays, Nora Radcliffe MSP announced this week.
Welcoming students to the Parliament George Reid said: "The main outcome of this Youth Forum will be a report to the European Commission as a formal submission to their future of Europe project, Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate."
www.scottish.parliament.uk   (542 words)

 ARTINFO :: News
In their defense, these buildings are quite varied, both typologically (noted for convenience) as well as stylisticallyand thematically (omitted to spare you).
The effect is one of building a new small city in a way never quite seen before.
With its exaggerated structural elements and quirky façades, the building's outward image suggests the freeway culture that its owner, the state department of transportation, oversees.
www.artinfo.com /News/Article.aspx?a=9542   (1643 words)

 CNN.com - Top prize for Scottish Parliament - Oct 17, 2005
The Scottish Parliament: A "statement of sparkling excellence," according to RIBA's judges.
"In its context the building manifests itself as an attempt at an organic transition between the city and the drama of the Scottish countryside surrounding it," the judges said in a statement.
The Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer George Reid said that the Stirling Prize "confirms the Scottish Parliament as Britain's most important new building.
edition.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/europe/10/17/scotland.stirling   (315 words)

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