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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.

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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.

People blown over around Bridgewater Place

Video Credit: Lee Collings Photography

Severe winds have been knocking over pedestrians around Bridgewater Place in Leeds.

The road was closed to cars around Yorkshire's tallest building this morning.

It comes days after a coroner said action needed to be taken after a lorry blew over outside the building, crushing a man to death in 2011.

Leeds city centre grid-locked after road closure

Thousands of drivers in Leeds have faced huge delays this morning, because of road closures in the city centre.

The Council chose to close the road past the Bridgewater Place tower - the tallest building in Yorkshire - after predictions wind speeds in the area could reach 75mph.

Surrounding roads are still congested as drivers try to find alternative routes.

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Inquest resumes into death of man crushed by lorry in Leeds

Two years after a man was crushed by a lorry that was blown over, the owners of Yorkshire's tallest building say they will start working on a solution to cut wind speeds around the site.

An inquest heard how Dr Edward Slaney died after the HGV toppled onto the pavement outside Bridgewater Place in Leeds City Centre. Today the hearing resumed - after it was dramatically halted last year.