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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 10:08 GMT
Shedding new light on Holyrood
Pupils in public foyer - Scottish Parliament image
Pupils look at displays in the public foyer
The entrance to the Scottish Parliament building is to be given a makeover - just months after its official opening.

The low-ceilinged foyer is to be given new lighting to counter what has been described as an unfriendly appearance.

Some 150,000 people have visited the Holyrood building at the foot of Edinburgh's Royal Mile since it opened its doors in September.

The Queen performed the official opening of the new parliament the following month.

Presiding Officer George Reid believes that the opening of the building saw Holyrood turn a corner.

The project has long been mired in controversy over its past delays and its price tag, which has settled at 431m.

However, there has been a generally positive reaction to the completed building, from both the public and the architectural community.

It has now been decided that more could be done to make the visitor welcome, with the fitting of new, warmer lighting in the foyer.

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