Plan to beat Leeds Bridgewater Place wind trap revealed

An artists impression of the structure which will protect pedestrians from high winds outside Bridgewater Place, Leeds.

An artists impression of the structure which will protect pedestrians from high winds outside Bridgewater Place, Leeds.

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THIS IS the first glimpse of the radical scheme being proposed to ease the dangerous ‘wind-tunnel’ effect plaguing the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds.

The site’s owner, CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited Partnership, today released computer-generated images of the changes it wants to make at the 32-storey tower.

They show the massive scale of what is being proposed to improve safety around the base of the building after a series of accidents caused by powerfully whipped-up winds. Planned measures include installing huge porous barriers – or ‘baffles’ – above neighbouring Water Lane and fixing vertical screens up to 18 metres tall on the north western corner of Bridgewater Place itself.

 

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