Parliament should be able to reflect the land it represents.
The building should arise from the sloping base of Arthur's
Seat and arrive into the city almost surging out of the
by Andrew Cowan © 2005
Scottish Parliament has a building that meets the vision
I believe Donald Dewar and his colleagues set for it. I
express the hope shared by many that the excellence of
the parliamentary activity within the building will reflect
the quality of the structure, and that the painful lessons
of it's procurement are not lost on those privileged to
serve there as representatives of the Scottish People"
Fraser Holyrood Inquiry Report Sept 2004
Scottish Parliament Building is situated at the foot of the
Canongate (formerly the site of Scottish & Newcastle
brewery) opposite Holyrood Palace.
architect for the building was selected by means of a design
competition in 1998. The winning design by Enric
Miralles from Barcelona Spain, was chosen from a
shortlist by design panel chaired
by Donald Dewar (then Secretary of State
of Scotland and later First Minister.)
chosen design featured the forms of upturned boats, in his
design for the roof.
Historic Scotland ensured that listed building Queensberry
House was retained as part of the development.
Miralles died in July 2000 just a few months after the project
began. Donald Dewar then also died in October the same year.
threw the project into a series of debates, delays and spiralling
final costs far exceed the initial estimates by more than
10 times to a staggering £431 million. An inquiry was
set up by Lord Fraser to investigate.
The building was completed and opened by the Queen on 9th October
2004, three years longer than planned.