In 2013 ASB’s head office will move to a brand new building in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Currently under construction, our new home at North Wharf will allow us to inhabit a space which encompasses ASB’s history of sustainability, innovation and support for our people.
Why is ASB moving to a new building?
ASB has occupied its current head office on Albert Street for over 20 years. The lease on the building will conclude in June 2013, so the decision was made to partner with Kiwi Income Property Trust to create a world class environment for our people that reflects ASB’s commitment to innovation and efficiency.
Why Wynyard Quarter?
We have always been based in Auckland and Wynyard Quarter is an exciting new part of the city’s waterfront. ASB wants to continue its legacy of being part of the fabric that defines the city. Our first head office opened in Queen Street on 5 June 1847 – so almost exactly 166 years later, starting on 4 June 2013, we will be moving into the building that will become the basis for ASB’s future.
What are the environmental and sustainability features of the building?
We’ve put the well-being of our people, our community and our environment at the forefront of the design of our new building. ASB North Wharf has been designed to harness the cooling power of the sea breeze off the Waitemata Harbour as well as the lighting of the sun to create a well lit and ventilated space for our people to work. Cleverly designed sun shades on the windows will decrease the amount of direct sunlight pouring in to the building making it hot. Energy monitoring, a reduction of paper use and a focus on ASB people using public transport will further help to reduce our impact on the environment.
What are the benefits of ASB moving to North Wharf?
At ASB North Wharf we will be introducing a new approach to our workspace called Activity Based Working (ABW). This new environment will allow our people to experience greater mobility and collaboration. Meetings will be held in a range of spaces of different sizes and uses and ASB people can choose where they sit for the day depending on what tasks they work on. For ASB this means increased collaboration and transparency, greater productivity and lower operating costs.
For our community it shows our commitment to the on-going urban evolution of Auckland by bringing over 1000 new daytime inhabitants to the burgeoning new area. The ground floor of our building will be fitted with publicly-accessible retail and hospitality outlets, a new ASB branch and open laneways connecting ASB North Wharf with the Auckland Fish Markets and Auckland Theatre Company’s proposed new Waterfront Theatre.
ASB North Wharf has recently been crowned with its distinctive reflector feature as the building nears completion, here’s a time lapse video of the reflector’s installation.
Find out more about ASB North Wharf by checking out our new e-booklet Our Sustainable Place