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Repairs to FM's Bute House residence cost £504,216 Repairs to FM's Bute House residence cost £504,216
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Repairs to the official residence of Scotland's first minister have been completed at a cost of £504,216.Repairs to the official residence of Scotland's first minister have been completed at a cost of £504,216.
The A-listed Bute House in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.The A-listed Bute House in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Work began on the Georgian property in October after a survey found that "urgent ceiling repairs" and other "essential" works were needed.Work began on the Georgian property in October after a survey found that "urgent ceiling repairs" and other "essential" works were needed.
As well as the repair costs, spending on temporary accommodation for Nicola Sturgeon came to £19,220.As well as the repair costs, spending on temporary accommodation for Nicola Sturgeon came to £19,220.
The premises, which are owned by National Trust for Scotland, will return to full operation when they host Tuesday's Scottish Cabinet meeting. The premises will return to full operation when they host Tuesday's Scottish Cabinet meeting.
It would normally have been held at Bute House, but during the six-month closure it took place at the government's St Andrew's House headquarters.It would normally have been held at Bute House, but during the six-month closure it took place at the government's St Andrew's House headquarters.
Cultural assetCultural asset
Extensive work was carried out to stabilise and retain the ornate plaster ceiling in the drawing room - which is the building's main public reception space - and strengthen the floors above it.Extensive work was carried out to stabilise and retain the ornate plaster ceiling in the drawing room - which is the building's main public reception space - and strengthen the floors above it.
Maintenance and modernisation work also took place, including;Maintenance and modernisation work also took place, including;
Improving the heating system cost £202,119 and about £1,800 a month was spent on a two-bedroom Edinburgh New Town flat for Ms Sturgeon.Improving the heating system cost £202,119 and about £1,800 a month was spent on a two-bedroom Edinburgh New Town flat for Ms Sturgeon.
Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop thanked the "skilled team of craftsmen and women" who were part of a "complex restoration project".Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop thanked the "skilled team of craftsmen and women" who were part of a "complex restoration project".
She added: "These necessary repairs and refurbishments mean Bute House can continue to be available for official Scottish government business, as well as being preserved as an important historical and cultural asset for the nation."She added: "These necessary repairs and refurbishments mean Bute House can continue to be available for official Scottish government business, as well as being preserved as an important historical and cultural asset for the nation."
What was spent and on what?What was spent and on what?
£67,411 - Ceiling and floor repairs to the drawing room.£67,411 - Ceiling and floor repairs to the drawing room.
£40,994 - Art work removal, repair to the chandelier and storage£40,994 - Art work removal, repair to the chandelier and storage
£202,119 - Upgrade heating system including putting heating on the third floor and basement offices£202,119 - Upgrade heating system including putting heating on the third floor and basement offices
£48,398 - Repair of drainage and ventilation systems across four floors£48,398 - Repair of drainage and ventilation systems across four floors
£96,834 - Upgrade and repairs to four cloakrooms/toilets and three bathrooms in both public and private areas£96,834 - Upgrade and repairs to four cloakrooms/toilets and three bathrooms in both public and private areas
£19,220 - Fees and rent for FM's alternative accommodation in Edinburgh's New Town£19,220 - Fees and rent for FM's alternative accommodation in Edinburgh's New Town
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