Bridgewater Place

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Bridgewater Place
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General information
Status Complete
Type Skyscraper[1]
Location Leeds, England
Coordinates 53°47′31″N 1°32′52″W / 53.7920°N 1.5479°W / 53.7920; -1.5479Coordinates: 53°47′31″N 1°32′52″W / 53.7920°N 1.5479°W / 53.7920; -1.5479
Estimated completion 2006
Opening 2007
Height
Roof 112 metres (367 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 32
Floor area 40,000 m2 (430,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Aedas
Developer KW Linfoot
Main contractor Bovis Lend Lease

Bridgewater Place, nicknamed The Dalek,[2][3] is an office and residential skyscraper development in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is the tallest building in Yorkshire, and has held this record since being topped out in September 2005. It is visible at up to 25 miles (40 km) from certain areas.

The building[edit]

The development has been designed by Aedas Architects with the developer being Landmark Development Projects and St James Securities with Bovis Lend Lease being the contractor.[2] The developer of the residential element of Bridgewater Place is KW Linfoot.

It was first announced in 2000 and, following several redesigns and delays with the construction process, construction of the building began in 2004 and was completed in 2007. It became the tallest building in Leeds, by a significant margin, and Yorkshire (although this does not take into account structures such as Emley Moor). Bridgewater Place has a height of 112 metres (367 ft) to roof level. Originally the tower was to have a spire which would have extended the height of the building to 137 metres (449 ft), however this was never built.

Bridgewater Place has 32 storeys, of which two are used for car parking, ten for offices and twenty for residential purposes. There is 40,000 square metres / 430,560 square feet of floor space in the building with 200 flats and 400 underground car parking spaces serving both the residential and commercial areas of the building.

Current office tenants include Eversheds, Ernst & Young, ghd, BDO Stoy Hayward and DWF LLP. Retail tenants include Tesco, Starbucks, Panini Shack and Philpotts. The residential element of the development has proved to be a prestigious city centre address.

The major part of the building's construction was completed by late December 2006.[citation needed] The completion of the entire building was commemorated on Thursday 26 April 2007. A special episode of Look North, the BBC's local regional news programme was produced to commemorate the opening of the tower. The tower is illuminated at night with bright coloured lighting effects, colours used so far[when?] include blue and purple.

Criticism[edit]

In 2008, Building Design, the architectural journal, shortlisted Bridgewater Place for its annual Carbuncle Cup, which is awarded to 'buildings so ugly they freeze the heart'.[4][5]

Wind issues[edit]

The building's shape appears to be accelerating winds in its immediate vicinity to the extent that pedestrians have experienced severe difficulties walking past. These winds have led to some of the entrances to the building being closed for safety reasons.[6] To rectify these issues in the design may require the addition of 'vertical fins' to the facade of the building.[7] In March 2011 a man was killed by a lorry overturning during windy conditions.[8] On 5 December 2013 Leeds Deputy Coroner Melanie Williamson concluded the inquest and recommended the roads nearby should be closed to vehicles when wind speeds exceeded 45 mph. This was done on 6 December, though several pedestrians suffered injuries by being blown over.[9]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under the Emporis Standards Committee, a skyscraper is defined as a multi-storey building which is at least 100m. Any building from 35m to 100m tall is generally considered to be a high rise building.
  2. ^ a b "Building - 734 - Bridgewater Place - Leeds". SKYSCRAPERNEWS.COM. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Why we should all love Leeds's Dalek". yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-05. [dead link]
  4. ^ "A Bridgewater too far?". BBC Leeds. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Who will get the wooden spoon in BD’s Carbuncle Cup this year?". BD: The architects' website. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  6. ^ "The answer is blowing in the wind". Yorkshire Post. 2008-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Fins may solve Aedas towers wind grief". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  8. ^ "Police investigate 'Dalek' after man killed by overturned lorry". Telegraph. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Britain's windiest street: Major road which becomes 'man-made wind tunnel' in storms closed due to gusts two years after man was killed by lorry". Daily Mail. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 

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