The Scottish Parliament was suspended in 1707 when it was decided to join a union with England to create Great Britain. It was reopened in 1999 and it was decided to commission a new building for the Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. The initial cost, in 1999, was between £40 million and £50 million but over the next 5 years soared to over £400 million.
The building has a controversial design and polarises opinion – some people hate it and condemn it as a colossal waste of money. I think it looks fabulous and is a real asset to the city. It’s a building that Scotland can be proud of and these have been few and far between in the last 20 years.