Milestone dates in the building of the Scottish Parliament

Here is a summary of the project history outlining the key events in the development of the Holyrood Building.

1997

Month Milestone
July  White Paper 'Scotland's Parliament' published
December Choosing a Site: Short-listed sites published

Holyrood added to short-list

December
Exhibition of short-listed sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow
 

1998

Month Milestone
January 

Site Selected: Holyrood announced as site for new building

Designer Competition: launched 

March

Designer Competition: 70 submissions

12 practices selected for first interview

April

Cost consultants appointed and first draft building user brief issued

Archaeology at Holyrood: Archaeological work commenced 

May

Designer Competition: 5 practices invited to prepare conceptual ideas 

June  Designer Competition: Exhibition of conceptual ideas
July 
Designers: EMBT-RMJM appointed as architects  
September Site formally purchased from Scottish and Newcastle 
October

Demolition work started on site

Designs on Display: Public exhibition of outline design proposals 

1999 – Before Construction and Design Phase G

Month Milestone
January  Large scale archaeological excavations commence 
April

Preconstrucion work begins on site

Designs on Display: Public exhibition of final scheme designs  

May  Launch of Hoardings Artwork initiative (Future Face of Your Parliament)  

1999 – Construction and Design Phase begins

Month Milestone
June 

Responsibility for the project transferred from Secretary of State to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

1st Parliamentary debate on the project

Demolition works completed  

July
Main construction work began on site  
September  Revised chamber design agreed  
October

First pour of concrete for substructure of MSP building including car park

Children's artwork unveiled on site hoardings  

November
First Tower crane arrived on site  

2000

Month Milestone
March 

Spencely Report published 

April 

Construction of MSP building frame started

2nd Parliamentary debate on the project  

June 

1st vaulted ceiling of MSP building installed on site

Holyrood Progress Group established 

July 

Death of Enric Miralles 

September  Auditor General reports on Holyrood  
October

New Parliament Building Visitor Centre opened

Death of Donald Dewar, First Minister  

December Contract for Kemnay Granite awarded  

2001

Month Milestone
January 
MSP accommodation topped out  
May 3rd Parliamentary debate on the project 
June  4th Parliamentary debate on the project

2002

Month Milestone
September 
First beams for Debating Chamber roof installed
October 
First of the MSP feature windows installed
November New Parliament Building Visitor Centre closed 
December  Building Information Centre opened at The Tun

2003

Month Milestone
March 

Construction began of vaulted roofs in the committee rooms.
Completion of beams and steelwork for chamber roof. Steelwork in the lobby roof in place.  

June 

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, former Lord Advocate, appointed to lead investigation into cost of the new Parliament building

July 

SPCB started monthly progress reports for Finance Committee

December 

Chamber crash deck removed

MSP Offices completed

Queensberry House building work completed 

2004

Month Milestone
January 

North elevation of Canongate Wall is completed

Debating Chamber ceiling presented to Media

March Last tower crane leaves Holyrood site
May 

Installation of desks and carpet in the Debating Chamber begins

August  Staff move in to Holyrood Building
September

Holyrood Inquiry Report published

Scottish Parliament met for first time in Holyrood  

October 

Official opening of the Building 

Guided tours began

November  Holyrood reached 100,000 visitors