Source: in­sur­ance­, 20 Au­gust 2012

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Aon has opened a new of­fice in Christchurch, be­com­ing one of the first com­pa­nies to build per­ma­nent com­mer­cial space since the earth­quake in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter John Key of­fi­cially opened Aon House, a two-storey site built to the new seis­mic code. Aon oc­cu­pies one floor of the build­ing on Blen­heim Road, out­side the city cen­tre, but it has space to ex­pand. The com­pany that built Aon House is the sec­ond-floor ten­ant.

Ac­cord­ing to Aon NZ CEO Ge­off Blampied, more than 50 staff had been work­ing in a tem­po­rary build­ing since their of­fice in Cathe­dral Square was dam­aged be­yond re­pair. He said the con­struc­tion of the new of­fice is a morale­booster for the city and shows Aon is com­mit­ted to the re­cov­ery.

Mr Blampied says although the re­cov­ery of Christchurch is well un­der­way, in­sur­ers re­main cau­tious about re­build­ing in the CBD red zone, where ex­ten­sive soil dam­age means build­ings are likely to need deep foun­da­tions.

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