Pinkhill Residential Development, Edinburgh


KJ Tait Engineers were appointed by Dandara to carry out an assessment of the daylight available at and around their proposed new residential development located at the Pinkhill site in Edinburgh.

We carried out detailed analysis of the Vertical Sky Component (VSC) available at the existing surrounding residential properties to ensure compliance with the City of Edinburgh Council guidelines, to provide guidance on the available daylight surrounding the proposed building scheme and to support the planning application for the development.

The assessment included:

  • Vertical Sky Component Calculation to the existing Cala development to the South

Average daylight factor calculations on the proposed rooms within the development to ensure internal daylight standards were met.

Key Outcome:

We were able to demonstrate that the development satisfied the technical guidance outlined in the BRE document “Site layout and planning for daylight and sunlight: a guide to good practice” in terms of the impact upon neighbouring properties.

Of the neighbouring buildings evaluated as part of this study, all residential elevations fully meet the recommendations of BRE guidance and Edinburgh Technical Guidance with regards to the vertical sky component analysis.

The majority of internal rooms were shown to comply with the ‘no sky line’ approach outlined in the Edinburgh Design Guidance.  The ones that do not comply have been assessed using Average Daylight Factor (ADF) where compliance has been achieved for the bedroom and living areas.