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Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Architecture

Holyrood Building Design Contest, Scotland

post updated 2 July 2023

Limited public access to the building

Scottish Parliament Building Tours + Background on dates / opening times

Scottish Parliament Architecture

Scottish Parliament Security Competition

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.

The Edinburgh 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 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

Edinburgh Architecture Walking Tours – include a visit to the building & description of the exterior: Contact Isabelle Lomholt on

Stirling Prize Winner
photograph © Keith Hunter from RMJM

Scottish Parliament Architecture – Tours

Visit and try to understand the legacy of late architect Enric Miralles – check with the Scottish Parliament: Contact on 0131 348 5200 or 0800 092 7600
Debating Chamber access depends on parliamentary business

Spanish Architect – Information & Books:
Scottish Parliament Architect – Enric Miralles

Scottish Parliament Building Tours: scroll towards base of page for details

Scottish Parliament – Photos
Scottish Parliament Building
photograph © Jason Baxter

Edinburgh Walking Tours can include a visit around the building’s exterior
info(at) / for details

New Scottish Parliament Building – Book: Enric Miralles Architect

MSP Block, Holyrood Scottish Parliament Building
MSP Block with Queensberry House ; Debating Chamber – nodes : image © Keith Hunter from EMBT/RMJM

Archived images of the Scottish Parliament available upon request to info(at)

Scottish Parliament award : Scottish Design Awards 2005 – Best Publicly Funded
Building in Scotland + Architecture Grand Prix

Scottish Parliament Building : Edinburgh Architectural Association Centenary Medal

Other Building designed by RMJM Architects in Edinburgh:
Scottish Executive Building, Leith

Scottish Parliament Architects – RMJM Architects, headquartered in Scotland at Bells Brae, Edinburgh

Scottish Parliament photos without direct credits were all approved by RMJM/Scottish Parliament in 2004 for use on the website. Parliament building images are frequently requested – please right click on the photographs you desire and mail us with the titles. We will try to contact the relevant people / photographer

Old Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Old Town – historic architecture

Scottish Parliament Award : Civic Trust Awards 2006 Scotland winner

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Contemporary Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:

Key Pages re Scotland

Royal Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle


Hotel Missoni Edinburgh Edinburgh

Comments / photos for the Scottish Parliament Edinburgh building design led by Catalan architect Enric Miralles and executed by EMBT/RMJM joint venture page welcome