Historical lighthouse in Granton completes restoration project

The restoration was part of the Marina Waterfront development.

By Caitlyn Dewar
Thursday, 19th December 2019, 4:14 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:27 pm
The iconic lighthouse has been fully restored
The iconic lighthouse has been fully restored

It was today announced that the restoration of local landmark The Leading Light was complete.

The announcement about the Grade II landmark came today from Edinburgh Marina holdings, the developer of the new Edinburgh Marina Waterfront.

The Leading Light is a remarkable lighthouse steeped in history and located on the iconic Middle Pier which was used to guide ships along the Firth of Forth into Granton Harbour.

Unlike most Scottish designs, the lantern within The Leading Light, is a simple but unusual design as it housed a 4th order Fresnel lens, built by Chance Brothers of Birmingham in around 1869.

The light remained in use until 1970, after which the lens was removed.

The building currently stands at an impressive 12 metres and comprises a lantern gallery supported by a slim, tapering concrete stem in a Modernist style and access to the gallery and light is provided by a ladder.

Charles Price, a spokesman for Edinburgh Marina Holdings, commented: “I am very pleased that we have now completed the refurbishment of this iconic lighthouse.

"Edinburgh Marina’s decision to restore the Leading Light, further demonstrates its commitment to Edinburgh and the development of its waterfront.

"The Leading Light underpins the rich history of the site and in future will once again guide boats towards the new Edinburgh Marina."

The state-of-the-art £500 million Edinburgh Marina development is at the forefront of Edinburgh Waterfront regeneration in Granton and includes; a world class marina comprising 427 full-serviced berths with 24/7 access at all states of tide, new homes for sale and to rent, the Hyatt Regency Spa and Conference hotel, with serviced apartments, in addition to the Chestnut medical hub and neighbourhood shopping.