The original Scottish Parliament at Holyrood designed by postmodern Architect Enric Miralles, began construction in 1999 and was completed in 2004. Whilst he didn’t live to see its realisation it was welcomed by architectural academics and critics and regarded as a critical success.

The Architect’s vision for the building: to conceive a 'poetic union between the Scottish landscape, its people, its culture and the city of Edinburgh'. This approach won the parliament building numerous awards including the prestigious 2005 Stirling Prize and its description as "a tour de force of arts and crafts and quality without parallel in the last 100 years of British Architecture.

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) takes seriously its duty to safeguard the wellbeing of the Members, staff and 400,000 visitors who come to Holyrood each year. Following “clear and consistent” security advice from its security advisers, SPCB took the decision to undertake construction of a new External Security Facility.

The new facility will protect the integrity of the building by relocating the point at which security screening takes places.  The current entrance and security facility is considered by security advisers to be too close to the debating chamber and to areas heavily populated by members of the public and school groups.

Based on our expertise in accommodating clients with bespoke blast solutions, Windell were contacted by the architects and cost consultants in the initial concept stages for assistance with design technicalities and projected budget rates.

Following an open competitive tendering process, as the most economically advantageous bidder, Windell were successfully awarded the contract to deliver the new blast protection solution for the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. 

The project involves the design, manufacture, delivery and on-site installation of Windell’s anodized aluminium blast resistant curtain walling, doors and windows, both internally and externally to the façade of the newly built security facility as well as partial refurbishment of the pre-existing building. 

The high level blast resistant system is a bespoke combination of steel and pressure plate blast protection and is designed to resist roadside vbied detonation at 15 metres.

On-site works commenced in November 2012 and Windell are currently on programme to facilitate the target that the building will be fully operational by late summer 2013.