In order to get rid of the visual pollution scattered around Çamlıca Hill and to collect all the antennas within one tower on top of the hill, an international competition will be launched for the “Çamlıca Common Antenna Tower Project.” The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality began the project.
The Municipal Council of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality began applications for the “the Çamlıca TV Tower and its Integrated Facilities” project during its session on November 22, 2011 at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul. It has already been signed by both Mr. Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Transportation of Turkey, and Mr. Kadir Topbaş, the mayor of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Mr Kadir Topbaş was authorized to determine whether the project should be a national or global competition with a report unanimously passed in the Municipal Council.
The removal of the antennas located on the various sites throughout the city will reduce the visual pollution in its stead, the city of Istanbul will have a modern and monumental work in the new antenna tower to be built on top of Çamlıca Hill. The capital cost of setting up the tower and its integrated facility will be met by the Ministry of Transportation and which will be built on an area of 14,000 sq. meters that the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has allocated to the Ministry of Transportation on the Çamlıca Hill. The project, which aims at building a beautiful image which will not negatively affect the silhouette of the city of Istanbul, will also be approved by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection Council. The project to be built will be determined by the Istanbulians among the three projects selected in the competition.
The 280 meter high Tower will be built on the hill as a part of the application project to be implemented with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation. A fifty acre area on Çamlica Hill, which is also an important recreation area, will be presented to potential investors in the public and private sectors and design-build-finance-operate cooperation models. The concept includes a television tower, hotel, assembly hall, shopping, and entertainment facilities. Also, a cable car which will be provided by the municipality.