Scottish Parliamnet appoints Scheme

December 2002

The Considerate Constructors Scheme; a Government backed initiative to improve the image of construction. The Holyrood site, which will be used for parliamentary business from the end of 2003, has registered with the Scheme to provide help and guidance for their efforts in minimising any negative effect to the public and the environment.

“Bovis Lend Lease Scotland fully supports the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The core values of the Scheme are central to the way in which Bovis Lend Lease delivers all projects. As an active participant of this Scheme we are committed to the core values it promotes, in particular safety and environmental issues. As an independent check of our site set up and operations, the Scheme is a valuable addition to ensuring nothing is taken for granted. It is perhaps one reason why we receive very few complaints.”
Alan Mack, Project Director from construction managers, Bovis Lend Lease.
“From the performance of these leading edge building sites we can monitor real achievements.  Equally, we are also helping to achieve the same level of environmental and general public awareness on much smaller sites.”
David Hardy, General Manager of the Scheme
“It’s great that our efforts attain high standards in our dealings with the general public. The external monitoring of the Scheme also provides a benchmark from which to measure our success year on year.”
Project Director from construction managers, Bovis Lend Lease

The new Parliament building at Holyrood was conceived by Catalan architect, the late Enric Miralles, as a joint project between his practice, EMBT (Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue) and the Scottish-based RMJM. Work on the design was almost entirely completed before his untimely death in July 2000.

Building works, excluding landscaping, with an estimated cost of £294.6m is currently targeted for April 2003 completion. The EU has said it will be probably Europe’s most accessible new building, ensuring full disability access as well as environmentally sustainable; already achieving excellent ratings so far by BREEAM ecological assessments.