ANZ set to allot cash to fitouts

Last updated 09:40 04/12/2012

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The ANZ bank is planning to spend $270 million upgrading its regional offices and branch network in the next four years.

The announcement, which comes in the wake of its decision to dispense with its National Bank brand, will involve some major moves in Wellington, where staff, now housed in nine buildings, will be moved into four.

It has signed a new lease for 171 Featherston St, formerly HP Tower.

This building will be branded ANZ Centre Wellington with a new fitout and signage taking place between mid-2014 and 2015.

It recently signed a 12-year lease on a Tory St building formerly occupied by Telecom.

About 1200 support service staff, including contact centre, collections, recoveries, banking operations and Eftpos New Zealand teams, will move there from January to April.

National Bank House, which will revert to its street name 170 Featherston St and its Vivian St site will also be refurbished over the next two years.

The Auckland ANZ Centre in Albert St is being refurbished and bank staff in three other buildings will be relocated there by October.

And in Tauranga staff will be moving into new offices at 247 Cameron Rd in March.

Chief operating officer Craig Sims said it would also be upgrading its properties in other centres over the next four years and 15 new branches would be opened in the next two years.

"As the new ANZ our goal is to have the largest and most convenient branch network in New Zealand."

However, a bank spokeswoman was not prepared to say where the new branches were going or which buildings it was moving out of as it closed its National Bank network.

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- The Dominion Post

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