Council gives go-ahead to Bridgewater Place design solution

Councillors have today given the go-ahead to a complex bespoke design scheme to tackle problems with high winds at Yorkshire’s tallest skyscraper- Bridgewater Place in Leeds.

It involves an intricate system of screens and canopies on the building itself and in the surrounding area, along with a series of perforated “baffles”- described as being similar in design to aircraft wings- at least six metres above the road.

The scheme was submitted to Leeds City Council’s city plans panel by the building’s owners CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited in a bid to reduce the impact of high winds on pedestrians and traffic in the area.

Following councillors’ approval, the owners now have three months to produce a full programme explaining how the scheme will be implemented. They will have to outline their timescale and when the work is expected to be complete, along with an explanation of how they intend to monitor its effectiveness.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:

“I’m delighted that members of the city plans panel were satisfied that this scheme offers the best solution to solving the wind issues at Bridgewater Place, since the council has been pressing for a very long time for this to be resolved.

“Now we look forward to the owners bringing back their detailed schedule to us so that work can start as soon as possible on providing permanent protection, whatever the weather, for everyone passing through one of Leeds’ busiest junctions.”

Notes to editors:

It is revealed in the detailed report to councillors that the proposed solution is the result of testing of over 30 possible wind mitigation schemes, with measurements being taken at 70 different locations around the building to take into account 16 wind directions.

The report notes that a “considerable” amount of work has taken place in an attempt to produce “the most effective scheme possible, given the physical constraints of the site”.

It goes on to say that the proposed scheme would have a “significant mitigating impact on the wind speeds” which would result in a “much safer” environment for pedestrians and vehicles. The plans have been checked by both the applicant’s own experts and by independent specialists on behalf of the council.

A copy of the report (Item 9) can be viewed online here: City Plans Panel Nov 20 2014

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