Scottish Parliament [building] falls apart

Originally estimated to cost £40million in 1997, the final cost on completion in 2004, 3 years late, was £431million. Today, two years after it opened, and with a gaggle of architectural awards on the mantelpiece, the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood started to fall apart at the seams. A 12ft by 1ft oak beam came loose from the ceiling and was left swinging 20ft above the seats of the Conservative MSPs, one of whom said afterwards, “There has been a serious structural failure in one of the trusses that supports the roof of the debating chamber.” And you thought money was wasted at Stormont? Here’s a time-line of the Scottish Parliament building project.