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.
Living History 1968-74
A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.
Live interviews with: Bernadette McAliskey, Austin Currie, Brid Rogers, Baroness Blood, Dennis Bradley, Baroness Paisley, Lord Kilclooney, Tim McGarry, Danny Morrison, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and others…