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Chetwood's proposed ‘fix’ for Bridgewater Place wind danger approved

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Chetwood Architects has won permission to install baffles and canopies to solve ongoing problems with dangerous winds at the base of the troubled Bridgewater Place Tower in Leeds

The proposed ‘fix’ for the tower, drawn up with engineer Buro Happold, has been designed to combat high winds around the skyscraper which became Yorkshire’s tallest building when it opened in 2007.

Three years ago strong winds at the base of the 112m-tall building, which was designed by Aedas’ former UK arm (now AHR), blew a lorry over killing pedestrian Ed Slaney. At the conclusion of the inquest into his death the coroner advised that, until a remedy could be found, roads around the foot of the tower should be closed in high winds.

The scheme includes anti-wind structures across Water Lane and new ‘vertical screens and canopies’ which will be added to the 32-storey tower.

Following the approval, the building’s owner CPPI now have three months to produce a programme of works explaining how the solution will be implemented.

Construction of the scheme is expected to take around a year.

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