A central Christchurch retail precinct gets another boost this week as 500 office workers move in.
Staff from ANZ bank and engineering consultancy Beca are shifting into new premises in the $80 million ANZ Centre on Cashel St. The shift follows the November opening of the four-level complex, which is diagonally opposite Ballantynes on the former Triangle Centre site.
The central city’s returned office-worker population has been forecast to reach 11,000 by the middle of this year and 14,000 by next year.
Retailers Glassons, Hallensteins, Superette, Mecca Maxima, Partridge Jewellers, Macpac and Merchants were already in the ANZ building, as was an ANZ branch.READ MORE: * Thousands of office workers add to Christchurch’s parking nightmare * $85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch * Hundreds more office workers join march back to central Christchurch
Inside the complex’s glass atrium, caters White Tie have opened their Arbo espresso bar and cafe. A colour-changing artificial tree imported from Britain is an atrium design feature.
The building has two office and two retail tenancies still vacant. Owner Tim Glasson said negotiations were under way with other potential tenants.
In January 500 public servants from several government departments moved into the new $85m Grand Central building just east of the ANZ Centre.
In March hundreds of workers shifted into the second stage of the $140m BNZ Centre, owned by Nick Hunt.
Staff from law firm Cavell Leitch and ACC joined BNZ staff and government tenants in the two-building complex. Downstairs are about a dozen retailers plus food and drink outlets.
Last week the ANZ Centre’s public car-park building opened across the road between High and Hereford streets.
Some of the new building’s 580 parks were earmarked for private parking, but most were for casual use.
The new Crossing car-park building on Lichfield St is reopening this week after closing temporarily for nearby construction to be finished and parking technology to be installed.