A few months after outstanding work on the
parliament was completed, an
unexpected problem arose.
During a debate in the debating chamber on 2
March, it was noticed that one of the 12ft oak beams supporting the
roof was hanging loose.
Following initial investigations, it was agreed
that MSPs should move to a temporary home for their debates in the
The next debate, on March 8, will be
held at The Hub , near the top of the Royal Mile. The Hub will not be available from late March onwards, so other possible
venues are being considered, including:
- The Church of Scotland Assembly Hall at
The Mound, where the Scottish Parliament met for its first five years,
- The Edinburgh City Chambers in the Royal
- Dynamic Earth, exhibition centre, close to the
new Scottish Parliament.
- Edinburgh International Conference
- The former Royal High School beneath Calton
Hill, a venue considered at one time for the new Scottish Parliament, then
Royal High School
Edinburgh Evening News: March 7, 2006,
Evening News: March 11, 2006, p.10
Scottish Parliament was only able to meet at The Hub for two weeks
at a cost of £120,000. But the venue then became no longer
available, so a new venue had to be found.
were considered (see above) but the parliament decided, instead, to adapt
then use the top floor committee room at Holyrood. This has been
done, and it is expected that this will be the venue for further debates
in the immediate future.
Evening News: March 25, 2006, p.10