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Scottish Parliament

Building

 Holyrood Building

    Photograph by Peter Stubbs  - Edinburgh  -  November 2002  -  View from Queen's Park towards Arthur's Seat

Parliament - 2002

under construction

A new building to house the Scottish Parliament is being created at the foot of the Cowgate, close to Holyrood Palace.

This decision was reached following consideration of sites at:

-  Leith Harbour (close to the Scottish Office Headquarters

-  The old Royal High School building beneath Calton Hill

The original cost of the building, before the final design was chosen, was estimated to be 40m.  But the estimated cost has increased dramatically, despite some of the more adventurous features of the original plan -  roofs resembling sails  -  having been removed on cost grounds.  The opening date has been delayed.

The latest estimates (January 2003) are that the building will cost 338m and will be opened in November 2003.

[Evening News  21 January 2003, p.13]

June 2003

Further increases in the cost of the Scottish Parliament building have now been announced [9 June 03]  taking the total cost to 375m.

[Evening News  6 June 2003, p.2]

August 2003

The cost of the Scottish Parliament building is now [22 August 03]  expected to be 400m.  The building is now due to be completed in July 2004, with external landscaping being completed at end-August 2004.

[The Metro  22 August 2003, p.9]

September 2004

The Scottish Parliament building is now in use, and arrangements for the opening ceremony have been announced.  See 'October 2004'.

October 2004

Formal Opening of Parliament

The formal opening of the Parliament by the Queen on 9 October is to be marked by a 1,000-strong procession down Edinburgh's Royal Mile from the High Court to the new Parliament.

The procession will be led  by military and brass bands from each region of Scotland.   The Edinburgh-born James Bond star, Sean Connery, will join the celebrations.

There will be Scottish dance, music, poetry and drama readings in Royal Mile at Parliament Square, and in the gardens of the new Parliament. 

Parliament Square will also see a re-enactment of Scotland before 1707.

Further entertainment will be provided in Our Dynamic Earth, close to the new Parliament.

[Evening News  10 September 2004, p.5]

 

October 2004

Photographic Competition

A photographic competition to commemorate the Opening of Parliament has been announced by Scottish National Photographic Centre Ltd.  Photographs are to be taken in the 24 hours beginning at midnight on 8 October 2004.

March 2006

Temporary Home

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 immediate future.

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, until 2004.

-  The Edinburgh City Chambers in the Royal Mile

 

 - Dynamic Earth, exhibition centre, close to the new Scottish Parliament.

-   Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

- The former Royal High School beneath Calton Hill, a venue considered at one time for the new Scottish Parliament, then rejected.

Royal High School

   Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh  -  23 November 2002  -   The Royal High School  -  Gallery Looking south

Edinburgh Evening News: March 7, 2006,  p.7

Edinburgh Evening News:  March 11, 2006, p.10

The 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.

Several 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.

Edinburgh Evening News:  March 25, 2006, p.10

October 2007

Lansdscaping

Landscaping in front of the Scottish Parliament includes some shallow ponds. I found that these enhanced the site, especially in the early mornings when the buildings were reflected in the water.

 The Scottish Parliament Building  -  June 2006

However, following a number of minor accidents when people did not notice the ponds and ended up in the water, the police erected temporary safety barriers around the water.

Over the past 18 months, the Scottish Parliament has considered three separate reports on what action might be taken for the ponds.

Options being considered include:

-   barriers around the ponds

-  draining the ponds and convert them into sunken gardens

-  paving them over completely.

Discussions are ongoing.

 

Poem

by

Dave Ferguson

Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross, Scotland

David Ferguson recently sent me three of his poems of growing up in Granton.

Here he gives his views on the Scottish Parliament building:

 

The New Hoose by the Palace

Doon by the palace there stauns a new hoose,

the cost unbelievable, they've cut the purse loose.

The folk roond the country are whingin an' girnin,

'They're bleedin' us dry an' naebody's winnin'.

The Polis need money tae help them get by

Auld pensioners, tae, reach their hauns tae the sky.

Naethin' comes back tae keep us a' happy,

'cause the hoose by the palace needs every drappie.

So whit dae wi' dae tae get a wee penny?

Just ring the new hoose tae see if they've any.

'Cause they've got the key tae that wonderful chest

It's jist fu' o' riches an must be the best.

So when ye are skint an' feelin' a bit gallous,

go roond tae the new hoose doon by the palace.

DF.377

 

Dave Ferguson, Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross, Scotland:  February 12, 2012

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks