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Holyrood Scottish Parliament Building

General Information

Beginning of works: June 1999
Completion: 9 October 2004
Status: in use

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Function / usage: Parliament building


Location: , ,
Coordinates: 55° 57' 7.47" N    3° 10' 29.63" W
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July 1997

The Scottish Government publishes a white paper detailing the intentions for the parliament building to become a symbol for Scottland.

September 1997

The public votes in favor of a Scottish Parliament.


A site at the foot of the historic Royal Mile is chosen as the home of the Scottish Parliament.

6 July 1998

Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) in partnership with RMJM Scotland Limited (EMBT/RMJM), winners of the design competition, are appointed to design the new Parliament building.

April 1999

Pre-construction work begins to make the site ready by summer.

July 1999

All demolition work is completed so that construction may begin.

July 2000

Enric Miralles dies after surgery to remove a brain tumor.

September 2000

Auditor General makes a number of recommendations to improve the management of the Holyrood project in a report to the parliament.

October 2000

Work on the assembly and the committee tower begins.

January 2001

The MSP building is topped out.

January 2004

MSP building and Queensberry House are completed.

August 2004

First staff move into the complex.

7 September 2004

First debate is held.

9 October 2004

Official inauguration of the new parliament building by Queen Elizabeth II


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