Goodstone and McAleer & Rushe break ground at Dockside BTR

Goodstone Living and McAleer & Rushe break ground at the Dockside Build to Rent development in Edinburgh.

Goodstone Living and McAleer & Rushe breaking ground at the Dockside Build to Rent development in Edinburgh | BTR News
Goodstone Living and McAleer & Rushe breaking ground at the Dockside Build to Rent development in Edinburgh.

Goodstone Living and McAleer & Rushe – who were appointed as contractor – officially break ground on the construction of Dockside, its next-generation Build to Rent neighbourhood in Leith, Edinburgh.

Marked by a ground-breaking ceremony, attendees included key stakeholders – including the Leader of Edinburgh Council, Cllr Cammy Day, and Deputy Lord Provost Cllr Lezley Cameron.

“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.”

Shane McCullagh, Contracts Director, McAleer & Rushe

Designed by 3DReid Architects, the Dockside Build to Rent scheme will deliver at least 338 much needed sustainable rental homes across four apartment blocks. There will also be over an acre of new public realm space. 

Goodstone Living’s specialist development team re-engineered Dockside into a fully-electrify scheme. Each apartment will include an air source heat pump – future proofing the scheme for when the electricity supply grid is decarbonised. 

“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.”

Leader of Edinburgh Council, Cammy Day

The waterfront scheme will offer panoramic views and resident amenities include rooftop lounge and dining, co-working areas and a fitness centre.

The first building at Dockside is expected to complete in July 2025, with the entire scheme expected to complete in October 2025.

“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.”

Lee Hawkins, Construction Director, Goodstone Living