Partner of Sowerby Bridge man killed near tallest building in Leeds says ‘wind tunnel effect’ still exists

Leeds city centre skyline with the towering Bridgewater Place
Leeds city centre skyline with the towering Bridgewater Place

The partner of a Sowerby Bridge man who was killed by a wind tunnel effect caused by Leeds’ tallest building has said nothing has been done to tackle the problem.

Pedestrian, Edward Slaney, 35, was crushed by a lorry that was blown over near Bridgewater Place in March 2011.

Ruth Evans, his partner, said “accidents are waiting to happen” near the building due to the wind tunnel created by the building’s design.

Leeds City Council said it was working on a solution to the problem.

Last month, a report by the council detailed 25 incidents caused by high wind around the 367ft (112m) building since 2007.

Ms Evans told the BBC she recently drove past it and felt the effect of the wind.

“I don’t see any progress and that’s not right,” she said.

“Until something is actually done that rectifies the situation, that solves the problem of the wind caused by the building, then I don’t think it is a very safe area.

“I think there’s been plenty of time, plenty of ideas, and I think there’s been plenty of money thrown at it soa solution should have been found and it should be in place.”

Leeds City Council said it was hiring a consultant to design a series of baffles that would act as a solution to the problem but that designing them was a complex piece of work.

In a statement, the council said it wanted a solution to be in place as a matter of urgency and also ensure that it is done properly.

“In the meantime, we’re confident the measures we have already taken to safeguard the public will continue to provide protection.”

The council has installed its own equipment around the building in order to monitor wind conditions so that mornings and diversions can be put in place when necessary.