Speakers of the House of Peoples’ Representative (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) in Ethiopia have signed a deal that will herald the construction of a US$101m new parliament complex.
According to the speaker of (HPR): Abadula Gemeda, the process of selecting the best design took longer than expected. This was to ensure critical examination of the different designs proposed for the project. The new parliament is to have three halls. The halls will serve as offices for Members of Parliaments, members of the House of Federation and venue for public assembly.
The shortage of offices in the current parliament building which is what prompted the request for a spacious complex. The new complex will be constructed closer to the old parliament hall which has been in operation for 72 years in Arat kilo area in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba.
The architect for this project, Addis Mebratu indicated that the complex will also have research corners, a printing press, children’s playground, parking garage, restaurants and a cafeteria.