Scottish parliament splits public opinion

Scottish parliament splits public opinion


Matt Weaver




The controversial new Scottish parliament is one of Britain’s best-loved buildings according to a new poll out today – just a day after another survey found it was one of the most hated.


Today’s poll by YouGov of more than 2,000 people – for Construction Skills, the skills councils for the construction industry – found that the controversial new parliament was the eighth most popular new building in the UK.


But the public can’t seem to make up their minds about a building that went 10 times over budget and was three years late.


Yesterday a survey of more than 10,000 people for Channel 4 found that the Holyrood building, with its upturned boat motif, was regarded as one Britain’s biggest eyesores. The building, by the late Catalan architect Enric Miralles, was also ranked eighth on that list.


Top of YouGov’s popularity poll was the Eden Project in Cornwall, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw. Tim Smit, the Eden Project chief executive, said: ‘Eden was built for the nation so obviously we’re tickled pink that it has found such a place in the heart of the great British public.


‘If there’s one thing that all the shortlisted projects have in common it is that they are sexy, challenging and inspiring.


‘Britain is in the middle of a real flowering of creative talent in architecture, design and construction that is going to change the way we look at ourselves and our built environment forever.’


Four of the top 10 buildings were designed by Norman Foster’s firm, Foster and partners. They are 30 St Mary Axe, London, better known as the Gherkin; Mclaren Technology Centre, Woking; the British Museum’s new Great Court, London and the Millennium or ‘wobbly’ bridge, London.


The full list of top 10 most popular buildings is:


· 1 Eden Project, Cornwall;

· 2 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), London

· 3 McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey

· 4 Great Court, British Museum, London

· 5 Gateshead Millennium Bridge

· 6 Cardiff Millennium Stadium

· 7 Millennium Bridge, London

· 8 Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

· 9 Selfridges, Birmingham

· 10 Tate Modern, London