ASB’s South Island regional centre has moved back into Christchurch’s central city, opening the doors to its new home in The Crossing retail and hospitality precinct on 27 November 2017.
The High Street and Cashel Street tenancy also marks the return of a permanent ASB branch in central Christchurch. Since the city’s earthquakes, ASB has been supporting customers from a temporary portacom branch in Cashel Mall and the regional centre on Colombo Street.
ASB general manager branch banking Grant Gilbert says he’s pleased Canterbury customers will have a modern ASB site in the heart of Christchurch.
“ASB is proud to be a major tenant within The Crossing, one of the largest private developments in central Christchurch,” Mr Gilbert says.
“We are delighted to show our commitment to the Canterbury community as we continue to invest not only in community events but in the rebuild of the city.”
ASB’s modern facilities
The new, purpose-built 200+ square metre CBD branch will support customers with the latest digital banking services including 24-hour automated ‘express banking’ transactions, business banking, Smart ATMs and video access to banking experts alongside the friendly, local branch team.
Above the branch on the prominent north-eastern corner of The Crossing, the new ASB South Island Regional Centre will provide a 1,637 square metre, two-level office space for more than 130 people from the ASB retail, commercial, wealth and insurance and rural banking teams. The regional centre will operate on the principles of activity-based working – similar to ASB’s head office in Auckland.
ASB was the first bank to return to the Christchurch CBD after the city’s earthquakes, supporting customers from a temporary portacom branch in Cashel Mall as part of the Container Mall Re: START initiative, and re-established a regional centre on Colombo St.
The new Cashel Mall branch opened on December 4.
ASB’s investment in the Canterbury community
ASB continues to invest in the local Christchurch community with support for major events such as the ASB Summer Starter and the ASB Christchurch Marathon. This year’s ASB Christchurch Marathon raised $25,000 towards replanting trees along an 83hectare area of fire-damaged reserve in the Port Hills.
Canterbury also received a new ambulance with money raised from the annual ASB toy ambulance campaign which ASB runs in partnership with St John.