New look at scheme for wind-effect Leeds Bridgewater Place

LATEST IMAGE: Artists impression of the proposed wind calming measures at Bridgewater Place.

LATEST IMAGE: Artists impression of the proposed wind calming measures at Bridgewater Place.

  • by Paul Robinson

PEOPLE in Leeds have been given their clearest indication to date of the massive scale of the measures being proposed to combat the Bridgewater Place ‘wind-tunnel’ effect.

Computer-generated images show the huge porous barriers – or ‘baffles’ – that would be installed above Water Lane if the safety scheme gets the council green light.

Site owner CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited Partnership has put together plans for the barriers to try to prevent any repeat of the accidents that have been caused around the building’s base by whipped-up winds.

Other measures in the pipeline include the attachment of vertical screens up to 18 metres tall on the north western corner of the skyscraper.

CPPI’s multi-million pound proposals went on public display on Saturday at Bridgewater Place. A spokeswoman said: “The exhibition was really well received. Around 100 people attended throughout the day and the feedback was largely positive.”

CPPI’s scheme may not be in position until the end of 2015 and Leeds City Council is therefore proposing its own set of interim safety measures. They include shutting the area’s Water Lane-Neville Street-Victoria Road junction to traffic when wind speeds hit 45mph, rather than 65mph as has previously been the case.

The council’s plans are in line with recommendations made by the coroner at the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney, a pedestrian from Sowerby Bridge who was killed in 2011 after being crushed by a truck that had been blown off its wheels near Bridgewater Place.

* For more details about CPPI’s plans, visit the www.bridgewaterplace-wms.co.uk website.




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