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Thermal insulation included in Scottish govt building upgrades

Holyrood executives are investing around £1 million every year in upgrades to the Scottish Parliament building.

The establishment - which was constructed eight years ago - has received more than £6 million towards improvements since 2006, which include energy-efficient measures such as draught-proofing and loft and wall insulation, the Scotsman reports.

In its most recent developments, it was awarded £271,775 towards a new chiller unit in order to cool the IT server rooms, £15,621 for committee room lighting and £2,904 on timers for tea points.

According to the government, the majority of the work is seeking to reduce energy costs and lower carbon emissions.

Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) in Lothians Green Alison Johnstone welcomed the measures but said they should have been considered earlier on.

She was quoted as adding: "Perhaps in all the excitement of a new building, the simple steps that can make a big difference were overlooked."

Over the past two years, the building has also seen new broadcasting equipment, boiler upgrades worth £15,223 and £3,390 for three external display panels to guide visually-impaired members of the public towards the entrance.

Parliament has also spent £412,000 on turnstiles, £232,000 on a roundabout and £233,000 on traffic lights and security barriers.

The £414 million institution - which officially opened its doors in 2008 - was constructed three years late and cost the Scottish government ten times its anticipated price.

Independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald stated there are constant improvements being made to the establishment.

"Nobody likes to say or hear 'I told you so', but my office did try to warn people that the magic of the new building would wear thin a lot earlier than perhaps was imagined," she continued.

At the time of construction, one architect working on the project reportedly said it would need major improvements - such as upgrades to thermal insulation fixtures - for ten years.

Posted by Simon Webster