During the construction of the new building, called Papa Kainga, Kathmandu Base Camp, an emphasis was put on using sustainable materials.
Kathmandu chief executive Xavier Simonet says the building reflects Kathmandu’s commitment to Christchurch.
“Next year we will be celebrating 30 years of operating in New Zealand, and the new building reaffirms our commitment and involvement in the rebuilding of Christchurch.”
Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct is an anchor project at the heart of the central city’s revitalisation.
It is designed to create a cluster of knowledge intensive and technology-based innovative firms.
Simonet says being part of the precinct aligns with Kathmandu’s brand positioning as it is a business with a focus on innovation and quality products.
Parts of the new building were made from timber recycled from earthquake-damaged buildings.
Other recycled materials include rubber floors made from recycled tyres. Other sustainable materials include Forest Stewardship Council certified timber beams, and PVC-free pipes.
It has a five-star Green Commercial Building rating, which Simonet says is in-keeping with the company’s sustainability plan.
The building utilises energy efficient measures including LED lighting, motion light detectors and efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Simonet says the new office will provide a better environment for Kathmandu’s team.
Kathmandu’s new headquarters is next to a brand new retail store in Madras St.
The company is the anchor tenant for developer Kew Innovation. The new buildings are part of a $20 million development.