Proposed £5m Scottish Parliament suicide bomber defence recommended by MI5. Contest to design a new screening facility, possible relocation of the public entrance to the parliament and a redesign of the public area inside it.
TheEdinburgh Evening News report that the Scottish Parliament is seeking an architect-led team to design the extension, which would have to be in keeping with the rest of the building. The area where visitors currently queue for airport-style scanners is almost directly underneath the debating chamber and MI5 warned screening ought to take place before people enter the building. Concerns have been raised about the position of the parliament's public entrance close to the corner with the Royal Mile- one option is to move it south, beside the public cafe location. The proposed new extension is expected to cover an area of about 250 square metres. 13 Mar 2010
Scottish Parliament requirement for the Design of a Visitor Security Screening Facility and Associated Areas - details at www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk where registered suppliers are able to download the Prequalification Questionnaire (PQQ) and the PQQ Evaluation Guidance.
Scottish Parliament Building
Architect : Enric Miralles - EMBT/RMJM
Location : east end of Royal Mile, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built : 2004
Key award : Stirling Prize + Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture, 2005
Style: contemporary architecture, mixing Catalan + local influences
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