A Taranaki accounting firm is spending close to $1 million building a central New Plymouth office block.
New Plymouth accounting firm Englebretsen Furssedonn & Sole Ltd is behind a new development on a long vacant section at 56 Leach St.
The firm, currently in Devon St East, hopes to be operating out of the new premises by late April.
EFS Accounting director Chris Sole said the five staff and two partners at EFS Accounting were all excited about the transition.
The decision to relocate came around the middle of last year with EFS Accounting's current lease drawing to an end, he said.
"We had to make a decision whether we stayed or relocated," Mr Sole said.
The 715 square metre site ticked all the right boxes, he said.
The building would have underground parking, was centrally located, sunny and would be easy to access for customers.
Plus it was on one of the busiest streets in town.
"The number of cars coming down that street gives it a high profile."
The 413sqm single-storey building had been designed by Saunders Architects. Saunders Architects director Neville Saunders said he wasn't sure exactly how long the site had sat empty other than that it had been "quite some time".
Perhaps the reason it had sat empty for so long was because it was a difficult site to build on due to the sloping land.
"We've had to pile the whole site to make a decent foundation for the building, so that's always an added cost," Mr Saunders said.
"I guess that's why the site has been vacant for so long."
Construction was now gaining momentum with the bricklayers hard at work, he said.
"We're out of the ground now."
The building entrance would be street level, providing customers with easy access.
It would also have street level and underground parking, he said.
"They wanted a modern, contemporary building that wasn't too over the top but still a very nice premises they could call their own."
The building had a staffing capacity of 15.
Street and Cook Construction were building the new office, he said. "We've got the best builder on the job."
Work was due to be finished in March.
"So the builder will have to get his skates on but I think he can do it," he said.
- Taranaki Daily News
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