New business centres in Jerusalem
Major plans have been announced for the building of substantial new business centres at the western entrance of Jerusalem.
As the plans stand, there will be 12 new skyscrapers built in the Binyanei Hauma. district which will add one million square meters of business space. Work is expected to begin within the next two years.
It is estimated that the new projects will add 40,000 jobs during construction. The plan contains six main sections. The Foreign Ministry North area will consist of four towers of 24 stories, two of which will be used by Government.
In the "Blilious" area there will be two towers, one residential and the other is set to become either a hotel or residential property. The two towers will have 33 floors with an area of 80 thousand square metres.
The ICC Compound will have two towers, hotels, trade, and convention centre halls. The current Convention Centre will be expanded and additional halls built.
The plans represent a major bid by the city to attract investment and burnish its business credentials. Previously plans for skyscrapers in Jerusalem drew opposition as they were seen as out of keeping with its historic identity and architecture, but the latest scheme has attracted less criticism.