Plans to cut risk of deadly gales near Leeds Bridgwater Place

People battle through high winds at Bridgewater Place, Leeds.
People battle through high winds at Bridgewater Place, Leeds.
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Fresh details have emerged about plans to combat problems caused by high winds near the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bridgewater Place’s owner is pushing ahead with work on a scheme designed to ease the dangerous ‘wind tunnel’ effect that can grip the area around the 32-storey building during stormy conditions.

Councillors will be given an update on the progress of the scheme at a meeting being held next Thursday. And a city council report compiled for the meeting provides the clearest indication to date of the form the safety measures will take. It says the emerging design comprises the following components:

A number of four-metre-deep barriers set at least six metres above Water Lane, which runs next to Bridgewater Place;

A series of vertical screens, which would be positioned on the north western corner of the building, varying in height between 12 and 18 metres;

A glass canopy running along the full length of Bridgewater Place’s northern elevation to Water Lane;

Another vertical screen at the southern end of the tower, close to the Grove pub.

Bridgewater Place’s owner has also revealed that it will be holding a public consultation on the safety plans.

Nick Sinfield, from CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited Partnership, said: “The technology behind the proposals has taken many years to develop and we believe that it is the right scheme to help alleviate the winds surrounding Bridgewater Place.”

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

Roads around Bridgewater Place were closed during severe weather last month.

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