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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.

  • by Paul Robinson
 

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.

A new glass canopy would also run the full length of the skyscraper’s northern elevation to Water Lane.

The images were released after CPPI gave a Leeds City Council plans panel a presentation on the scheme.

A planning application is due to be submitted to the council in late February or early March.

Council bosses say that, until safety measures are implemented by Bridgewater Place, they will continue with their practice of closing the roads near the skyscraper during windy weather.

The council also says that it is too early to state how construction work could impact on traffic on one of the busiest routes into the heart of Leeds.

Edward Slaney, from Sowerby Bridge, was crushed to death by a truck that was blown off its wheels close to Bridgewater Place in 2011.

In another incident that happened in 2008, a pedestrian was left with a torn liver and internal bleeding after being swept off their feet.

 

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