Staff ready to return to quake-hit building

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2014

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The quake-stricken BNZ Harbour Quays building is almost ready to be reinhabited by some of the bank's 1200 workers.

Tomorrow, 29 staff will move back into the building, which has been empty for more than six months after it suffered extensive interior damage during July's Cook Strait earthquake swarm.

It has taken more than $10 million to repair the damage from the largest 6.5-magnitude quake, which caused part of the ceiling of the fifth floor to collapse and water pipes to burst, drenching much of the building.

BNZ had to spend large sums of money to lease temporary offices in the city, while many employees worked from home.

Spokeswoman Emily Davies said 111 staff would next week follow the initial 29 and 106 the week after.

They would begin in the third of the building that had been completed.

"Our people will be moving back into levels two, three and four of pier 3 initially," she said. "Pier 2 will be the next to be completed and then pier 1. A full moving schedule has been developed and staff will move in as floors become available."

Designs for new ceilings on the fifth floor were being reviewed.

The complex, which had won awards for design and has a six-star eco-friendliness rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council, was completed just over four years ago, in 2009.

Structural engineering company Beca, architecture firm Jasmax and builder Fletcher Construction worked on the project for CentrePort.

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