AON MOVES INTO NEW CHRISTCHURCH OFFICE
Source: insurancenews.com.au, 20 August 2012
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.