My thanks will be extended also to my family including Dad, Mom and -----, my youngest brother for their kind and invaluable support during the whole project.
The building is situated at Holyrood, in the central Edinburg. The Scottish Parliament project commenced in June 1999 and the first parliamentary debate was held on September 7, 2004. The design of the Scottish Parliament was given by the architect - Enric Miralles, who died before the project completed. Ever since the project started, it has been the target of controversies and criticism for the selection of its location, design and cost involved. Estimated to open up in 2001, the project completed in 2004, three years behind the schedule and overran the cost of 40m to 414m which was many folds higher than the allocated budget. The reasons for the cost overrun as described in the public enquiry by Peter Fraser in 2003 were the inefficient methods in which major design changes were implemented by the project team. In spite of the criticism, over costing, late delivery of the project, the building was highly appreciated around the world and won numerous awards for the design and architecture.
Giving a brief summary about the project management methodologies, it comprises of the customary practices that are extensively used in the industry and is a method of categorizing and organizing activities which can be difficult to attend during the regular organization's operational confines. Project management is used to achieve the strategic goals of the organization in a well planned manner. The processes involved in a Project management are a group of inter linked activities to accomplish a pre defined set of results and are closely integrated with the other project management processes. Conception, Development, Realization, Termination processes are co-related via the cost, schedule and time limits of the project. Discussed below is a detailed study of the Scottish Parliament project and the course of direction as the project advanced to its final stage.
This section of the report makes a study about the Initial Conception phase of the Holyrood building project since it started in 1997.
1.1 In the early 1997, a procedure to assess some appropriate location for the building of a new Scottish parliament actually paved the way for the final selection of the Holyrood in January 1998. Soon after the general assembly elections that were held in May 1997, the parliamentary members faced problems over the housing issue of the new parliament. In June 1997, it was proposed that a new parliamentary structure with an estimated cost budget of 10 million to 40 million could be set up, however the final costs of the whole project would be impossible to comprehend until the site, design, resource procurement, and contract was finalized. A total of 27 site locations were proposed within Edinburg.
1.2 Three site locations and three main civil constriction companies were shortlisted by November