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9 skyscrapers that will transform the London skyline by 2020 – Tech – Pulselive.co.ke

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London is in the midst of an unprecedented architectural boom, with around 510 tall towers — those with more than 20 stories — planned or under construction in the next decade.

Much of this development will take place in the next two years.

As new buildings spring up along the waterfront, residents are bracing for the sudden transformation of their neighborhoods.

Forthcoming structures include a 26-story high-rise with a rock-climbing window and a mixed-used development with the world’s first “floating” swimming pool.

Here are nine of the most stunning skyscrapers that will transform the London skyline by 2020.

Twentytwo


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It takes 3.3 million pounds of steel a week to construct Twentytwo, a 26-story “vertical village” that’s set to become one of London’s tallest towers.

The project — formerly known as The Pinnacle — was rebranded after developers ran out of money in 2012. The new building, which will be completed in 2019, features a rock-climbing window on the 42nd floor for some of its more adventurous tenants.

Can of Ham


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Yes, that’s actually the nickname for this 24-story office building, which bears a slight resemblance to potted meat. The structure won planning approval in 2008, but its construction was delayed due to the financial crisis.

Once completed, it will join two other food-themed structures: the Gherkin (named after a type of pickled fruit) and the Leadenhall Building, also known as “the Cheesegrater.”

Embassy Gardens


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The central London neighborhood is in its third and final phase of construction. In addition to hosting the US Embassy, Embassy Gardens offers nearly 2,000 residences and 130,000 square feet of retail and dining space.

Its key architectural feature is Sky Pool, the world’s first “floating” swimming pool, which stretches between two buildings. The project’s Linear Park also provides 24-7 pedestrian access. It was inspired by the High Line in New York City.

Chelsea Waterfront


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Chelsea Waterfront

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Construction on the Chelsea Waterfront is well underway, with developers working on a trio of riverside buildings consisting of two glass residential towers and the redeveloped Lots Road power station.

The shorter of the two towers, Tower West, was unveiled to the public in June. Apartments are said to start at around $2.6 million.

Manhattan Loft Gardens


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Manhattan Loft Gardens is both a hotel and an apartment complex, featuring 145 boutique hotel rooms and 248 residential units. As its name suggests, the high-rise also features three rooftop gardens that overlook Olympic Park.

In mid-September, the building announced it was getting ready to open its doors, starting with the launch of its residential units.

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The Corniche


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The Corniche is part of a trio of luxury developments along the Thames River in South London. The first to be built, Merano, was completed in 2016. The Corniche is next in line, with a scheduled opening in November.

With buildings ranging from 15 to 27 stories, The Corniche has been dubbed “the largest and most extravagant” of the three developments. In addition to its bar, gym, pool, and spa, the building has set aside a handful of affordable units for senior citizens.

One Nine Elms


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Completion of One Nine Elms isn’t scheduled until 2019, but the towers have already sold out of their available units. At 56 stories, the dual skyscrapers are part of the largest reconstruction project in Europe, located in London’s Nine Elms neighborhood.

The buildings replace the now-defunct Market Towers, which were built in the 1970s. Once completed, the new project will feature a five-star hotel, private homes, and a mix of office and retail space.

Landmark Pinnacle


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Landmark Pinnacle

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At 784 feet tall, Landmark Pinnacle offers 360-degree views of the city and River Thames — the kind one might only experience from an airplane or helicopter.

The first round of residential units, which start at around $587,000, are expected to be finished by March 2020.

One Blackfriars


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At 50 stories high, One Blackfriars is London’s tallest residential tower. Upon completion at the end of the year, the skyscraper will feature more than 270 apartment units and a boutique hotel with more than 160 bedrooms.

Its design — which has garnered the nickname “the Vase” — was inspired by a glass Scandanavian vessel owned by the architect, Ian Simpson.



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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11- The High Court will on Thursday render its judgment on the consolidated petitions against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill that was passed by Members of the National Assembly last week.

The Senate was set to vote on the Bill Tuesday.

The High Court had in February issued a temporary conservatory order restraining the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from subjecting the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 popularly known as BBI Bill to a referendum.

A 5-judge bench presided by Justice Joel Ngugi issued the order pending hearing and determination of the petition as consolidated by Turkana County Assembly, Thirdway Alliance and with six others.

On Thursday last week, 235 out of the 320 members of the National Assembly who participated in the voting exercise on the Second Reading of the Bill supported it against 83 who rejected while two abstained.

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The vote was largely divided along MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga against those loyal to Deputy President William Ruto who had vowed to shoot down the bill, following a series of meetings at his official residence in Karen and during countrywide political rallies.

Some eleven MPs, including Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri, however voted in its favour despite having vowed to shoot it down.

The House then proceeded to plenary where a vote on the Bill’s Third Reading was taken. 224 MPs voted yes, 63 rejected and 2 abstained.

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The vote that lasted four hours was conducted through a roll call as others voted virtually.

The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi will retreat to embark on the correction of typographical errors in the Bill before transmitting it to President Uhuru Kenyatta for assent.

Before assenting to the Bill, President Kenyatta shall request IEBC to conduct, within ninety days, a national referendum for approval of the Bill, subject to the determination of pending court cases challenging the Bill’s constitutionality which was due on Thursday.

Once the court gives the electoral body the green light to prepare the national referendum, within thirty days after IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati confirms to the President that the Bill has been approved in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the President shall assent to the Bill and cause it to be published.

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Kenya: Hope in Kenya as Covid Rate Slows to 3.6%

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Nairobi — Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate slowed down to 3.6 percent Monday after weeks of a sustained increase.

On Monday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said only 66 new positive cases were logged from 1,833 samples tested since Sunday.

This represents the lowest figure in nearly two months and is below the five percent threshold recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

President Uhuru Kenyatta re-opened the country on May 1 when he lifted a partial lockdown placed on five counties, including the capital Nairobi. The others are Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru and Kajiado.

He also allowed the resumption of hotels and restaurants for sit-in services while reopening bars which had remained closed since last year. They close at 7pm.

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Kagwe said there were 1,122 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide with 4,783 patients on the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Another 134 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit including 23 who are on ventilatory support, 85 on supplemental oxygen, and 26 who are under observation.

“Eighty-nine patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 83 of them in general wards and 6 n High Dependency Units,” Kagwe said in his daily updates on the disease.

He said 917,068 people including 280,876 who are aged 58 years and above, 143,684 teachers, 77,417 security officers had been vaccinated by May 10.

Total confirmed positive cases stood 163,620 out of the 1,721,122 cumulative tests conducted by Monday 10.

Majority of the cases were spread across Nairobi(32), Kisii(11), Meru(5), Uasin Gishu(4) and Nakuru (3).

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Ugandan security official arrested in possession of 3 pieces of ivory worth Sh3M – The Informer

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Senior Security Officer from Uganda has been arrested in possession of three pieces of animal trophies worth Kshs 3 million street value.

Kennedy Wabwire, a lieutenant working in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UBDF) in Uganda was arrested on Friday at around 2.00 pm through a tip off from members of the public.

According to the Busia DCIO Benard Wamalwa, they got information that some Ugandan Nationals were on a mission to traffic ivory into Kenya with the aim of selling.

“Police officers liaised with the informer and lured the suspects that the buyer was waiting for the items at one of the Mosques in Busia town,” he said.

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“The suspects arrived in two motorbikes and we managed to arrest one as the other one fled.”

Wamalwa says that efforts are underway to arrest the other culprits who escaped on another motorcycle with a sack of ivory.

According to him, the suspect disclosed that they used the Mariachi route to access the Mosque.

He urged local residents to report suspected people dealing in the any illegal activity, adding trade in ivory was affecting both Kenya and Uganda negatively through loss of revenue that could be gotten from tourism.

Further, he said that the boda boda rider who was carrying the suspects has also been arrested and has recorded statements with the police as a witness.

The suspect has been taken to court and will be charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act of 2013.

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