HSBC tenants move back in

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 16:18 20/07/2011
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HSBC building in Worcester Street

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Several major earthquakes and over 7000 aftershocks have not deterred tenants of a 12-storey central Christchurch office building from moving back in.

This week marks the return of all tenants to the HSBC Tower on Worcester Blvd.

The building was developed by Latitude Group and opened in 2009, becoming the first A-grade office tower constructed in the city for almost 20 years.

Latitude Group director Ken Wimsett said he was pleased to have many of the building's former tenants back.

"I am ... delighted in their confidence in our building and delighted to see business activity returning to the safe zones of the central city."

The building had been checked extensively by engineers and declared structurally and seismically sound for occupancy.

An evaluation report by Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers stated the building had "exceeded expectations" during the quakes and had performed as it was designed to.

"We have provided our tenants with the solid reassurance they were all seeking, in terms of the building's long-term stability," Wimsett said.

The building's high-profile tenants include KPMG, investment bank JB Were, accountancy firm Polson Higgs, Anthony Harper, and HSBC.

JB Were were the first to move back to the building on May 30 - three months after February's earthquake shut down the central business district.

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