New Passivhaus extra care complex and flats get underway in Bonnyrigg

Monday May 6th 2024

Passivhaus extra care complex and flats Bonnyrigg

From left to right are: Chair of Midlothian Integrated Joint Board, the decision-making body for the HSCP, Councillor Connor McManus, Chief Officer Midlothian IJB and Joint Director of Midlothian HSCP Morag Barrow, Grier Edmead Operations Director of Ogilvie Construction, Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Councillor Stuart McKenzie and Midlothian Council’s Head of Development Fiona Clandillon.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Work is underway to build a 40-bedroom care complex and 46 extra care flats alongside a day-care unit in Bonnyrigg.

Ogilvie Construction is building the development, which will be constructed to the Passivhaus green-energy standards, on behalf of Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership and Midlothian Council. It sits at the former St Mary’s primary school site bounded by Polton Street, Moorfoot View and Moorfoot Place.

The Intermediate Care facility is for up to 40 short term residents and will provide assessment, rehabilitation, interim and respite care.

The extra care housing development, part of the council’s affordable housing programme, will offer tenancies with on-site care and housing support services for older people and those diagnosed with a variety of degenerative conditions.

The school annexe will be refurbished and become a community wellbeing space.

Chair of Midlothian Integrated Joint Board, the decision-making body for the HSCP, Councillor Connor McManus said: “This will be of enormous value to the local areas, offering older people and those with degenerative health conditions more choice to stay in their community, close to friends and family, for as long as possible.

“Working as part of the Health and Social Care Partnership and with the council on this project, we are committed to helping local people living well for longer.”

Chief Officer Midlothian IJB and Joint Director of Midlothian HSCP Morag Barrow said: “These facilities will help the partnership provide the right support, at the right time and in the right place for local people.”

Grier Edmead, Operations Director, Ogilvie Construction, said: “We are proud to be working with Midlothian Council to build these new care facilities which will serve the community for many years to come. We look forward to handing over two new centres built to the Passivhaus standard that puts energy-efficiency and environmental impact at the heart of the design and construction. Our team will engage with surrounding neighbours throughout the construction phase to keep them advised of progress and minimise disruption in the area.”

The work is due to finish in 2026.

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