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Scottish Parliament - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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N 55° 57.127 W 003° 10.456
30U E 489117 N 6200764
Quick Description: The Scottish Parliament is the devolved national, unicameral legislature of Scotland. Located in the Holyrood area of the capital city, Edinburgh, it is frequently referred to by the metonym Holyrood.
Location: Southern Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/11/2018 2:54:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMZB08
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
 

"The Scottish Parliament Building (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba, Scots: Scots Pairlament Biggin) is the home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Edinburgh. Construction of the building commenced in June 1999 and the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) held their first debate in the new building on 7 September 2004. The formal opening by Queen Elizabeth II took place on 9 October 2004. Enric Miralles, the Spanish architect who designed the building, died before its completion.

From 1999 until the opening of the new building in 2004, committee rooms and the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament were housed in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland located on The Mound in Edinburgh. Office and administrative accommodation in support of the Parliament were provided in buildings leased from the City of Edinburgh Council. The new Scottish Parliament Building brought together these different elements into one purpose-built parliamentary complex, housing 129 MSPs and more than 1,000 staff and civil servants.

From the outset, the building and its construction have been controversial. The choices of location, architect, design, and construction company were all criticised by politicians, the media and the Scottish public. Scheduled to open in 2001, it did so in 2004, more than three years late with an estimated final cost of £414 million, many times higher than initial estimates of between £10m and £40m. A major public inquiry into the handling of the construction, chaired by the former Lord Advocate, Peter Fraser, was established in 2003. The inquiry concluded in September 2004 and criticised the management of the whole project from the realisation of cost increases down to the way in which major design changes were implemented. Despite these criticisms and a mixed public reaction, the building was welcomed by architectural academics and critics. The building aimed to achieve a poetic union between the Scottish landscape, its people, its culture, and the city of Edinburgh. The parliament building won numerous awards including the 2005 Stirling Prize and has been described by landscape architect Charles Jencks as 'a tour de force of arts and crafts and quality without parallel in the last 100 years of British architecture'."

Source and further information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Parliament_Building

Type of Capitol: National

Address:
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
EH99 1SP


Dates of Construction: Opening 9 October 2004

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10.00 to 5.00 (last entry 4.30)

Capitol Web Site: [Web Link]

Major Renovations: Not listed

Historical Monuments/Memorials: Not listed

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