Anderson Lloyd Lawyers has taken naming rights of its new post-earthquake premises and Prime Minister John Key was there to officially open the new offices last week.
The six-level, $20million construction at 70 Gloucester Street is reportedly the first multi-storey office building to receive urban design consent following the release of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. Anderson Lloyd will occupy level three.
Before the February 2011 earthquake, Anderson Lloyd was situated on the 10th
floor of Clarendon Towers, which was subsequently demolished. On the day the disaster struck, staff were trapped for several hours and were escorted down broken stairwells by rescue workers.
The firm has since been operating out of a converted warehouse in Birmingham Drive.
Chief executive Richard Greenaway says being back in the CBD is important for Anderson Lloyd from a Christchurch leadership perspective.
“We have always signalled our intention to be an early mover back to the heart of the CBD and we wanted to be a visible part of the central city redevelopment.”
The firm has 35 staff in Christchurch, with partner numbers increasing by 50% over the past six months, according to Greenaway.
“These offices allow us to continue to grow that number as we move into our third decade of operating in Christchurch, which is a critical market for us…We were involved in the development of the Blueprint and we wanted to take a leadership role in the resurgence of commercial activity.”
Anderson Lloyd House is situated in the midst of professional firms Deloitte, Mediterranean Shipping and Lewis and Bradford, in an area that is quickly developing as a core professional precinct on the banks of the Avon River.
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