HC Deb 18 October 1989 vol 158 c152W
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the cost of repairing and redecorating the Nature Conservancy Council offices in Hope street, Edinburgh; and how many rooms were repainted in the building, how many times and at what cost.

Mr. Trippier

The headquarters of the Nature Conservancy Council in Scotland were recently repaired and redecorated to meet the needs of the existing council's increased staff and responsibilities, and to comply with current fire regulations. The final account for the work has not yet been submitted, but is expected to be in the region of £ 580,000.

This was the first major refurbishment of the NCC's Scottish HQ since the council occupied Hope terrace in 1949. As part of the programme, all 98 rooms were decorated. I understand that the staircase, landing and one office in the main building had to be repainted below the dado in order to meet the contract specification. This work was carried out within the overall contract price.