Work begins on Midlothian Council’s first Passivhaus development

Councillor Stephen Curran (left) and Brian Pettigrew (right)

WORK is underway on a new build housing development in Dalkeith town centre. The Passivhaus project is the first of its kind for Midlothian Council, with builds at Burnbrae and Easthouses also planned to use the energy efficient building standard.

The town centre development on Buccleuch Street will consist of six residential units, built by Morris and Spottiswood and designed by Smith Scott Mullan Associates.

Cabinet member for housing at Midlothian Council, councillor Stephen Curran, said, “I welcome the start of work to build these new passive homes which aptly coincides with the COP26 conference currently being held in Glasgow.

“This project demonstrates how the latest design and construction standards can contribute to lower energy costs and sustainability. The decision to build these new homes is part of our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 as outlined in the council’s Climate Change Strategy.”