The ANZ and BNZ Centre builds were unique in that they occurred simultaneously, with the locations opposite one another in Christchurch’s CBD.
The three-storey plus basement ANZ Centre has been constructed on a high-profile site bordering Colombo, Cashel and High Streets in the heart of Christchurch’s CBD.
The ANZ Centre is a sophisticated fusion of retail and offices. It is now home to 500 staff of the ANZ Bank, Beca, and a range of retail outlets, including Glassons, Hallensteins, Macpac, Merchant and Storm.
CHC Properties Ltd
As well as the base build, Leighs Construction also completed an architecturally designed fit-out for Beca Engineering, including office space for 300 staff, meeting rooms, reception, and kitchens, along with office and branch fitouts for ANZ. These fitouts were carried out whilst the base build was being completed, as were a number of retail fitouts.
The ground floor provides access to retailers, cafes, upper floor office spaces, and an 82-space basement carpark with bike storage.
The building footprint is approximately 3100m2, with a total project size of 15,000m2. The atrium’s high-end finish has feature white Carrera marble flooring and a stepped and curved fibrous plaster ceiling. The building is designed to withstand a 1 in 2500-year MCE (Main Considered Earthquake). In a 1 in 2500-year event, the building will be damaged beyond repair, but will not collapse. The base isolators used for the project were designed and supplied off-shore, with the units undergoing two separate testing inspection regimes.
The outcome of this project showcases Leighs’ ability to produce a high-standard and quality commercial fit out, including a challenging design, from a programme, architectural and services perspective.
The BNZ Centre comprises two, multi-storey buildings for office and retail use. At the heart of the square is a 1,000m2 landscaped area, overlooked by the office spaces.
Leighs was involved in this project from the outset, prior to any concept designs. The objective was to design simply, ensuring the project was on budget. One of the challenges in rebuilding Christchurch is the commercial reality of rental levels against the project costs, hence the need for innovative solutions, which Leighs delivered here.
The project involved construction of a five-story building and mezzanine carpark. Construction of this stage commenced mid-way through construction of Stage One, making this one of our largest construction sites to date.
Lichfield Holdings Ltd
Design allowed for ground improvement solutions using Rammed Aggregate Piles (RAPs) and Tension Piles along with Fuseable Link K Braces. Sub-contractor design and build package contract agreements were put in place for façades, building maintenance and access systems.
This development, which includes offices and retail spaces, was handed over on time and on budget in March 2017.