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Holyrood maintenance spend rises sevenfold

7 October 2009

The annual cost of maintenance at the Scottish Parliament building has increased sevenfold since it opened in 2004.

In 2004 the total cost of planned and unscheduled maintenance at Holyrood was £133,796.52. By 2008 that figure had ballooned to £978,076.03.

The figures were released under a freedom of information request.

Much of the increase in spend came from planned M&E maintenance, up from £129,350.92 in 2004 to £379,059.01 last year. Building fabric maintenance cost £442,994 in 2008, with nothing at all being spent in 2004 when the building was opened.

M&E and fabric maintenance at Holyrood is delivered by Norland, with a total of £5,593,600 spent to date. Honeywell provides the building’s security maintenance.

A Scottish Parliament spokeswoman said: “Given Holyrood opened in 2004 it is natural for maintenance costs to rise with on-going, and increasing, building use. Planned fabric maintenance makes up almost half of this budget and includes projects such as the upkeep of floors, roofing, windows and walls across the Parliament campus as well as the maintenance of oak poles which are unique features at Holyrood.

“Holyrood is a unique building, bespoke in its design, which is used by up to 1,000 people every day and has welcomed almost two million visitors in five years. Naturally this has an impact on maintenance - both planned and reactive. We constantly review and develop our maintenance plans to ensure asset performance meets business needs and cost-effective solutions are delivered.”

Arup, which worked on the design of the building, told FM World that it was unable to comment on the cost of maintenance without the permission of its client.

A separate freedom of information request revealed that the cost of security has been flat in real terms, rising from £3,033,000 in 2006/07 to £3,100,000 in 2008/09. Security at the parliament building is delivered by an in-house team.

The Scottish Parliament building achieved an excellent Breeam rating. It also holds Iso-14001 accreditation and its green credentials were recognised in 2008 with a gold award from the Keep Edinburgh Clean campaign.