In January 1998, Donald Dewar, the then Secretary of State for Scotland made an announcement, that the new Scottish Parliament Building would be permanently housed in Holyrood. . In order to start the construction of the Parliament building the architectural firm led by Enric Mirallees of Belgrade and RMJM based in Edinburg was chosen to make the architectural design for the new building.
The Holyrood building project was handed over in June 1999 to the legal responsibility of an entity created with representatives of Scottish parliament which was called Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB). The Construction process of the building commenced in Summer 1999. As per a resolution passed by the Scottish Parliament in April 2000, a Holyrood Progress Group (HPG) comprises of representatives of the Parliament and construction professional to work with the SPCB. The mission of this body is to finalise the design, control the progress of the building, complete the project in time and make periodical reports to the SPCB. In turn SPCB will advise the Members on the total amount spent so far on the project and the estimated time and cost for completion of the project. There were regular meetings and reports of the HPG since summer 2000 compiled and presented by the project director and key consultants. In June 2001, the Scottish parliament advised the SPCB to make quarterly reports to the Parliament's finance Committee on the progress of the Holyrood building Project, highlighting especially the escalation in the costs of completing the project for getting the concurrence of the Committee for the increase in costs in the annual budget sanctions. The Chief Executive of the project made monthly reports to SPCB on issues relating to program budgets and quality. All these reports were based on the regular meetings and discussions between HPG and the SPCB.
2.1 PROGRESS OF THE HOLYROOD PROJECT:
Because of the unusual design, aesthetic construction features and usage of high quality materials the Scottish Parliament building project was made to a complex construction project. The project saw a lot of slippages during the progress, due to multifarious reasons. Especially in the area of cost escalation the project suffered many set backs in that 195 million target fixed in June 2001 was unachievable and was subsequently been fixed at 431 million with so many upward revision of estimated construction costs in between. The procurement of works changed radically because of program pressures in 2000 and 2001. Only in June 2001 the project witnessed some foreseeable completion process. However even after this stage, the project suffered many set backs through the year 2002, with the result that a complete status of the costs involved and the underlying problems in completing the project was taken in November 2002. From January 2003, more thrust was placed on completing the project as quickly as possible with the idea that the completing the project at a greater speed is the only way to contain costs.