Anne Gibson

Anne Gibson is the Property editor of the NZ Herald

Auckland Council eyes CBD shift to ASB tower

The ASB Bank Centre in Albert St provides 33,443sq m. Photo / Natalie Slade
The ASB Bank Centre in Albert St provides 33,443sq m. Photo / Natalie Slade

Hundreds of Super City staff could soon shift to new Auckland premises held by a private Australian institutional fund.

Auckland Council appears ready to shift its headquarters to the 31-level ASB Bank Centre at 135 Albert St.

A spokeswoman said a decision was about to be made about moving staff from the 19-level Civic Building beside Aotea Square to another site.

"Auckland Council has been working through options to identify how best to secure a large, good-quality CBD office building into which it can relocate the majority of its city-based employees over the next year or two," she said. "We hope to be able to give more detail on our preferred option in the next fortnight."

The ASB building was tipped late last year as the most likely block, to be vacated next year by bank staff and OnePath, who are moving to the Wynyard Quarter on the waterfront and the ANZ Centre Tower on Albert St respectively.

One of the reasons for the shift is asbestos issues in the Civic Building but another is the amalgamation of staff from about nine separate sites into one hub.

Brookfield Funds Management owns the 33,443sq m tower, held in the unlisted Multiplex New Zealand Property Fund.

- NZ Herald

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