Bute House closed for unplanned '˜essential works'

Nicola Sturgeon's official residence in Edinburgh has been closed to enable unscheduled '˜essential works' to be carried out.

Monday, 23rd October 2017, 4:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:45 am
Bute House was built in the 1790s and is now in the care of National Trust for Scotland. Picture: Greg Macvean

Bute House, a striking 18th century property in the Capital’s exclusive Charlotte Square, was shut after routine monitoring revealed that urgent ceiling repairs and further inspection work were required to the A-listed building.

The Scotsman understands ‘visible damage’ was discovered and the building was shut at the end of last week. Due to the Scottish Parliament being in recess, the First Minister was not in residence at the time.

Ms Sturgeon will use hotel accommodation in the city until a more permanent replacement is arranged.

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Nicola Sturgeon and Brexit minister Mike Russell pose for a picture at the entrance to Bute House, which has been home to First Ministers since 1999

Meetings of the Scottish Cabinet will take place at St Andrew’s House on Calton Hill for the duration of the works.

Temporary alternative arrangements are being put in place for the First Minister’s accommodation and working requirements while she is in Edinburgh.

The repairs, which have been advised by the building’s conservationists, are being coordinated by Historic Environment Scotland and are expected to be completed over the winter months.

Bute House, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, was formerly the grace-and-favour residence of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon and Brexit minister Mike Russell pose for a picture at the entrance to Bute House, which has been home to First Ministers since 1999

It was handed over for use by the First Minister following devolution in 1999.

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