Broadband network provider Chorus is moving its Christchurch office to Amherst Properties’ bustling Hagley Precinct, on the central city fringe.
It will join infrastructure consultancy Opus International in a new build at 12 Moorhouse Ave, making for a combined tally of 500 people in the five level building. Chorus is taking 1500m2 on level one and 260m2 on the ground floor while Opus has a total of 4600m2 over the other three levels. The search is now on for a strong café operator.
Chorus was previously located at Sir William Pickering Drive in Burnside while Opus had outgrown its premises next door at 20 Moorhouse Ave, also owned by Amherst Properties Ltd.
Brynn Burrows, director of leasing in Christchurch for Colliers International, said Chorus’ lease was a good example of a tenant that wanted to move nearer to the CBD but didn’t need to be in the core.
“The Hagley Precinct is a good option for many businesses, with the added bonus of good carparking. With this building, there are 132 carparks. Chorus’ move was heavily staff driven because they like the nearby amenities, hospitality and the northern outlook into Hagley Park which is on the doorstep. During the leasing process, we took a lot of the Chorus staff through the building, it wasn’t just led by senior management.
“We’re seeing far more of that since the earthquakes - companies are understanding more than ever the importance of the office environment as a means of encouraging and retaining good quality staff.”
This building is 150% of New Building Standard.
Amherst’s Lindsay O’Donnell said it was important to understand the market to secure high calibre tenants who appreciate the quick access to the CBD, along with main arterial roads leading to the airport, the southern motorway and Riccarton, while enjoying the amenity provided by Hagley Park.