Anderson Lloyd early mover back into the Christchurch CBD01 May 2013 |
After nearly three years operating from a converted warehouse, Anderson Lloyd’s Christchurch staff will soon be back in the central city.
The firm has taken naming rights on a six level office building currently under construction at 72 Gloucester St, and hopes to shift into the prime space next April.
The $20 million building was the first major project to receive resource consent after the release of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
Chief executive Richard Greenaway says Anderson Lloyd will take level three of the new building.
“Due to the importance of business networks, being back in the CBD was always important for us and we had always committed to being an early mover into the central city. The firm was involved commercially in the development of the new central city blueprint and therefore we saw moving back to the CBD as being important from a Christchurch leadership perspective.”
Richard says the firm’s partners were very mindful that since the earthquake it has been a difficult and challenging few years for staff.
“We undertook a staff survey to understand what was important for them – naturally safety was critical but also improved amenities and somewhere that fits our sustainability aspirations.”
Having signed a 10-year lease, Richard says it was crucial to identify a space which would still suit the firm in five to 10 years.
“We have around 30 staff in Christchurch and want the ability to grow that number, which these offices will allow. Christchurch is a critical market for Anderson Lloyd and we’ve operated there for more than a decade. It’s the largest economy in the South Island and we want to be a part of its growth and the rebuild.”
The building is being developed by Amherst Properties, designed by international architects Fourfoursixsix, and built by Ganellen