Global architectural, interior and graphic design firm The Buchan Group has relocated its new Christchurch office to 144 Kilmore Street, a building it also designed.
Located adjacent to the Northern Frame in central Christchurch, the three-level office block boasts a stunning outlook over the new green belt and Avon River, towards the central city and Port Hills beyond.
Owned by Three One Five Limited and built by Leighs Construction, the building offers 1,500sqm of fringe, B-grade office space with Buchan Group now occupying 360sqm on the top level. Other building tenants include Core Education and Saturn Portfolio.
Before the move, The Buchan Group’s temporary Christchurch office had been at 41 Moorhouse Avenue, after relocating from its Cambridge Terrace office following the February 2011 earthquake.
The Buchan Group Practice Manager Raylene McEwan said the move had not only reinvigorated the practice and provided room for future expansion, but also created the opportunity to design their perfect working space.
“When designing the building and knowing we would eventually be a tenant, we looked at how we could make it more conducive to the collaborative and creative nature of our work, as well as the modern workspace environments that other tenants desired,” she said.
“As a result, the building features easy open-plan floor plates, high ceilings, floor to ceiling glazing on both the north and south facades, generous staff facilities, mechanical and natural ventilation and external balconies, come work and entertaining spaces.
“Our own office takes advantage of high levels of natural light, exposed ceilings to greater increase the ceiling height and simplicity of plan to form break out studio and collaboration spaces.”
Ms McEwan said it was also important for Buchan to establish its new permanent office as part of its commitment to Christchurch’s rebuilding efforts.
“We’ve been heavily involved in many reconstruction, repair and new projects across the city, from the iconic RE:START shopping precinct to Riverside Apartments and The Landing at Wigram Skies, helping residents move forward after the earthquake,” she said.
“Moving our office into the completed 144 Kilmore Street is a significant milestone for Buchan and our staff as we look to a prosperous future in Christchurch.”
About The Buchan Group
The Buchan Group is one of Australasia’s most acclaimed architectural, interior and graphic design firms, servicing clients from diverse sectors in Australia, New Zealand, China, South East Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom for more than 125 years. The firm was ranked third globally in Retail in the 2016 World Architecture 100 list, third among Australian practices, and 58th in the world’s top 100.
Led by The Group’s directors and principals, their multidisciplinary design team of more than 300 professionals have created some of the world’s most recognised retail, hotel, residential, educational, health and commercial projects.
The Buchan Group traces its history back to 1890, with the opening of the Geelong practice in Victoria, and 1896, with the Perth practice in Western Australia. The Queensland practice was established in Brisbane in 1983, before expanding to the Gold Coast, Sydney, Christchurch and Auckland.