Built wealth

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The figures quoted from the Office of National Statistics (News, 30 December) indicate that dwellings, commercial and industrial buildings, and civil engineering together comprise some 75 per cent of the United Kingdom’s wealth of nearly £5 trillion.

The built environment is thus an asset which is of staggering importance.

If Scotland has about one tenth of the UK assets, say 500 billion, that would make the Parliament building, at 400 million, worth about 0.08 per cent of Scotland’s total wealth; or 0.11 per cent of its built environment wealth.


Secretary/Chief Executive

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Rutland Square


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