AON New Zealand has become one of the first companies to open doors on a new office space in Christchurch since the February 2011 earthquake.
The newly built AON House, officially opened by Prime Minister John Key, has been constructed to the new seismic code which requires a substantial increase in a buildings ability to withstand earthquakes.
Since the February 2011 quake, over 50 AON staff have maintained operations from a temporary office space after their office in the BNZ Building in Cathedral Square was rendered uninhabitable and was condemned.
Geoff Blampied, CEO of AON New Zealand, says the opening of the new building cements their commitment to the Canterbury region and is a positive step forward for everyone involved.
“This is more than an office space, it shows our people and all those who have helped us get here that we are in this for the long haul and gives us the security and resources to get on with our work, which is helping others rebuild.”
The building was designed by Mason&Wales Architects and constructed by Calder Stewart Development, and comprises reinforced concrete and steel, materials Calder Stewart are renowned for working with. The space, which has received a Grade A for office standards, utilises sustainable technology and energy efficient design cues.
The primary function of AON as insurance brokers is to arrange insurance policies on behalf of our clients and in respect of claims we act as their advocate in negotiations with their respective insurance provider.
“We pride ourselves on the stellar service we provide to all New Zealanders, especially those in Canterbury who continue to live with the challenges of the past year and a half.
Remaining in Christchurch with the opening of our new offices allows us to continue this good work in the region, provide jobs to our staff and deliver our customers consistently excellent advice whenever they need it,” says Blampied
- Scoop Independent News - August 2012