Passivhaus project brings community benefits

Friday June 30th 2023

Fleming Buildings Bonnyrigg Rose

Fleming Buildings Ltd Director Ronnie Burrows centre (yellow jacket) is pictured with the players and coaches of the Bonnyrigg Rose Community Club's 2014s squad of eight and nine-year-olds.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The contractor building Midlothian Council’s first Passivhaus project in Bonnyrigg has donated £2,000 towards Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club’s (CFC) Summer Football Festival.

Director of Fleming Buildings Ltd Ronnie Burrows presented the cheque to coach David Fairgrieve of Bonnyrigg Rose at a special ceremony at Burnbrae Primary with the club’s 2014s squad.

Mr Burrows said: “As a family-owned SME, we are very community minded and are committed to delivering wider benefit to the communities we work alongside.

“We were delighted to be able to support this initiative.

“We have had extensive community engagement, particularly with the children at Burnbrae Primary School and hope this donation allows as many children as possible to benefit from this summer programme focused on wellbeing.”

Mr Fairgrieve said: “On behalf of Bonnyrigg Rose CFC 2014s we were absolutely delighted to receive this donation. This will allow the boys to take part in the Summer Festival which will attract teams from all round Scotland and will also make long lasting memories when they all get the opportunity to go on a trip.

“On behalf of all the players we would like to thank Ronnie and his team at Fleming Buildings for making this possible. “

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for housing, Councillor Stuart McKenzie said: “We’re committed to building energy-efficient and affordable homes for our residents and also getting maximum benefit for the existing local communities.

“We attached a number of stipulations to this project, one of which was that Fleming Buildings would sponsor a local group with links to the primary school nearby.

“We’re delighted they’ve chosen to sponsor a summer festival. This club has a long history in the community and I’m sure many of the local primary pupils will have great fun enjoying the fresh air and exercise thanks to the donation from Fleming and the hard work of the volunteers at the club.”

Passivhaus literally means a ‘Passive House’. This sets building standards developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany for homes that are energy efficient, comfortable and affordable. These are the first ever council houses planned for Midlothian which meet these energy efficiency standards.

These new homes are part of Phase 3 of the council’s innovative house building programme. The homes were designed by architects Smith Scott Mullan Associates.

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