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Conserving, reinstating and converting Queensberry House

Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (2008) Conserving, reinstating and converting Queensberry House. In: Proceedings 8th International Seminar on Structural Masonry (ISSM 08). UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 978-975-561-342-0

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This paper discusses the work that the author has carried out as project and resident architect for the conversion of Queensberry House, a 17th century Grade A-listed townhouse, as part of the new Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh. The complex stratification of this fine masonry building together with severe water penetration caused major problems when carrying out the works. The richness of the original masonry, the abusive additions and reconstruction over the centuries, like the late conversion to hospital, and the way the building fabric was conserved and reinstated are illustrated. Very little of the original interiors survived and there was a need to strengthen the building for reasons of security. The building now provides accommodation for the Presiding Officer and staff of the Parliament. The process followed since the author took over the conservation and conversion project, with the building as an almost masonry shell, until conclusion is discussed, including a record of the fabric condition and the decisions concerning its repair and final presentation.