Public servant city offices plan on track

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 05:00 13/06/2013

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A plan to bring 2500 public servants back into central Christchurch has prompted more than 20 responses from property developers and landlords to accommodate them.

The Crown asked in October for interest from those keen to build new offices, or refurbish existing ones, for 20 government departments and agencies. Formal proposals were then sought.

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman described the response as good and said they were on track to choose accommodation suppliers this year.

But the rehousing will not be quick.

After launching the process in May 2012, the Government wants premises ready for staff in mid-2016.

It prefers the offices to be in the core of the city bound by Tuam, Manchester, Kilmore and Montreal streets.

"Moving government agencies back into the CBD is part of the government's commitment to the revitalisation of Christchurch," Coleman said.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee described the plan as "an integral part of delivering the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan."

Public servants have been scattered around the suburbs since losing central city premises in the earthquakes. Many had previously worked in Torrens House and NZI House, both on Hereford St, and in the IRD building on Cashel St.

The Government is looking for about 25,000 square metres of office space and wants agencies to share premises in order to improve collaboration. It is looking for a snug fit, aiming for 12sqm to 13sqm of office space for each worker.

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