Holyrood External Security Facility

Following “clear and consistent security advice” from its security advisers, the SPCB agreed to the construction of a new, external security facility at Holyrood.

The new facility became operational on Friday 23 August 2013.  The project was completed on time and within budget.  The final Project Report was presented to the SPCB on Wednesday 13 November 2013 and can be accessed below.

Visitors entering the facility are subject to the same security screening arrangements as previously.  However the new facility provides a significantly safer and more secure environment.  A number of enhanced accessibility features, such as an induction loop, have been incorporated into the design and the facility now includes a new baggage store area for visitors so that those who wish may deposit bags free of charge while visiting the Parliament.

The SPCB takes seriously its duty to safeguard the wellbeing of the Members, staff and 400,000 visitors who come to Holyrood each year and your patience while this work was carried out was appreciated.


SPCB Papers

 


News releases

 

SPCB agrees to build external security facility at Holyrood 

Published 06 September 2012 

SPCB invites construction tenders for Holyrood external security facility 

Published 19 April 2012

SPCB to submit planning application for external security facility at Holyrood 

Published 15 November 2011

 

  • photograph of the entrance to the Scottish Parliament building
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    A photograph of the entrance to the Scottish Parliament building through the new external security facility

  • photograph of inside the security facility
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    A photograph of the screening area inside the security facility

  • photograph of the corridor leading to the Main Hall
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    A photograph of the corridor leading to the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament building. 

  • View of the external screening facility
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    A computer-generated view of the external screening facility from the front of the Scottish Parliament building.

  • Inside view of external screening facility
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    A computer-generated view of the inside of the external screening facility.

  • Corridor within the external screening facility
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    A computer-generated view of the corridor within the external screening facility.