Work begins on build of 338 apartments in Leith

Leader of Edinburgh Council, councillor Cammy Day with Goodstone Living, McAleer & Rushe, and 3DReid Architects

MCALEER & Rushe has officially broken ground on the construction of Goodstone Living’s build-to-rent development in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

Once complete, the dockside scheme will supply at least 338 rental homes across four apartment blocks and provide over an acre of new public realm space – with the development expected to be complete in October 2025.

A recent ground-breaking ceremony was attended by key stakeholders including leader of Edinburgh Council, councillor Cammy Day, and deputy lord provost, councillor Lezley Cameron.

Lee Hawkins, construction director at Goodstone Living, said, “We are proud that this will be one of Scotland’s most sustainable housing developments. Operational carbon will be reduced by more than 50% through a series of pioneering technologies including the provision of an air-sourced heat pump in every apartment.

“Construction starting at Dockside is a major milestone for Goodstone Living. It marks the beginning of our portfolio-build out, where we will deliver and operate highly sustainable, accessible rental communities across the UK.”

Shane McCullagh, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe, added, “We are excited to mark breaking ground of the Dockside development as a key step forward in bringing homes, jobs and public realm space to Leith.

“McAleer & Rushe have an exemplary track record in the delivery of residential homes, particularly Build-to-Rent schemes, throughout the UK. Coupled with Goodstone’s forward-thinking vision to lead from the front in sustainable development, we are confident that Dockside will provide a positive lasting impact for the local area, both during construction and once completed.”

Councillor Cammy Day commented, “Access to high-quality and sustainable rental housing is vital for Edinburgh’s continued economic growth, and Dockside, once completed, will deliver this much-need supply. By helping address the housing shortage in the area, the project will offer long-lasting benefits to the local economy and community.”