New safety measure at storm-hit Leeds Bridgewater Place skyscraper

The new screen taking shape close to the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds city centre.
The new screen taking shape close to the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds city centre.
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WORK IS nearly complete on a new safety shield at a Leeds skyscraper plagued by a dangerous ‘wind tunnel’ effect during stormy conditions.

Around 60 metres of reinforced glass is being put up to protect pedestrians on Great Wilson Street, close to the base of Bridgewater Place.

Leeds City Council is installing the screen as preparations continue for the start of work on a much larger safety scheme at the site.

Bridgewater Place’s owner is due to construct huge gantry-style barriers above Water Lane as part of the main project.

A glass canopy will also be put in position at the 32-storey tower’s northern elevation while a perforated metal screen will be placed to its south.

Pedestrian Edward Slaney, from Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, was crushed to death by a truck that was blown off its wheels close to the building in 2011.

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