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Safety improvements yet to begin at Bridgewater Place

Two years after a coroner ruled that more lives are at risk if safety work doesn't take place to control high winds around Yorkshire's tallest building, improvements still haven't begun.

Doctor Edward Slaney from Sowerby Bridge died after a lorry was blown onto him near Bridgewater Place in Leeds.

CPPI which owns the building says it's working closely with Leeds City Council to finalise a safety program.


Bridgewater Place junction to close at 4pm due to high winds

The Bridgewater Place junction in Leeds is to close at 4pm today due to forecasts of increasingly high winds. It is expected to reopen at 10pm.

From 2pm diversion signs will be operating for high-sided vehicles. When the road reopens at 10pm these signs will again be operational until midnight.

Leeds City Council will continue to monitor the wind conditions and further updates will be issued as necessary.

Bridgewater Place design solution to be considered by councillors

A detailed design scheme aimed at tackling problems with high winds at Bridgewater Place in Leeds will be considered by councillors next week.

Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel is being recommended by officers to approve a complex scheme submitted by the building’s owners CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited to reduce the impact of high winds on pedestrians and traffic in the area.

They are seeking approval for a solution that combines screens and canopies- on the building itself and in the surrounding area- and a series of perforated “baffles”- described as being similar in design to aircraft wings- at least six metres above the road.


Bridgewater Place junction to close this afternoon

Bridgewater Place junction will be closed from 4pm this afternoon, as winds of up to 60 mph are expected to hit.

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The council say anyone working in the area may want to consider staggering journeys home and people should be aware that pedestrians as well as traffic will be diverted from the junction of Water Lane, Victoria Road and Neville Street.

It is expected that the diversions will be in place until the early hours of the morning, sometime between 2am-4am.

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