Published here August 2010

Note: The Issues for Discussion at the end of this case study may require research on the Internet.

Introduction | Project Evolution | Project Concept
Planning and Organization | Design Timelines | Construction | Project Cost
Project Progress Report, March 1st 2005 | Commentary | Issues for Discussion


Figure 8 shows the Holyrood project in relation to the surrounding site and Figure 1 shown earlier illustrates the project in the context of the surrounding countryside.

Figure 8: The finished site. The complex is bottom right in this photo
Figure 8: The finished site. The complex is bottom right in this photo

Brief notes of construction progress follow.[14]

Responsibility for the Holyrood project was handed over to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) on 1 June 1999. Demolition works were completed on the Holyrood site and main construction work began.

John Spencely commissioned to carry out an independent assessment of the project. His recommendations are shown in Figure 9. Parliament debated the issues raised by Mr. Spencely and voted to continue with the project at a cost of 195m with a completion date of December 2002. The Holyrood Building Project Group were set up to monitor progress of the project against cost and timetable and ensure completion to "a standard suitable for a Parliament building".

The main superstructure of the MSP's office accommodation completed.

May: Holyrood Progress Group visited the Kemnay Quarry to inspect granite purchased for the Holyrood Building. September/October: the first oak beams were installed in the chamber roof and the first of the MSP windows were installed.

The leaf-shaped roofs above the garden lobby became visible for the first time.

January: the Debating Chamber ceiling was presented to the media. Last tower crane removed from the site as the project "entered its final construction phase". July: the Holyrood building was largely complete. August: Staff and MSPs moved into the new building. September: Holyrood opened to over 900 visitors for the first sitting of MSP. October: Holyrood officially opened in the presence of the Queen. Works continued following occupation.

February: Practical Completion of the Holyrood Building Project was certified by the Construction Manager (Bovis) and the Architect (EMBT/RMJM) as having been achieved on 17 February 2005.[15]

Figure 9: Recommendations in the Spencely Report, March 2000
Figure 9: Recommendations in the Spencely Report, March 2000
Design Timelines  Design Timelines

14. From, accessed 5/5/10
15. SPCB Report on Holyrood Project Close-Out (pdf) accessed 5/5/10
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