8 February 2018
New FMG House officially opened
Palmerston North’s largest new-build in 30 years has been officially opened, with Mayor Grant Smith cutting the tape on 292 Church Street, during a small ceremony at FMG House on Thursday night.
Rural insurer FMG is the anchor tenant, having signed a long-term lease on the premises and completed its move to the new building in January.
Paul Humphries, whose company acted as the developer, said the official opening and having FMG move in are proud and significant moments, eighteen months after the first sod was turned.
“This has been a considerable project for us and for the Manawatu community and we’re rapt with the final build—it looks fantastic,” said Mr Humphries, Managing Director Humphries Developments Limited (HDL). “The building is a credit to everyone who has been involved, particularly FMG for commissioning it and continuing its already strong investment in the community.
“Like any build it’s had its challenges, particularly with the weather where we had a period when it felt like it rained for several weeks non-stop. That’s the construction game however, and despite that we still completed the building on time. Credit on that front needs to go to all, mostly local contractors, suppliers and businesses who supported the build,” said Mr Humphries.
FMG are tenants on three and a half of the four floors, with space for another tenant still available on the top floor. There is also a café on the ground floor, which is open to the public.
For FMG the move is the next step in meeting the needs of a growing business.
“HDL has done an outstanding job and FMG’s Palmerston North-based team are excited to be in the new office,” said FMG’s CEO Chris Black.
“People should enjoy coming to work and your physical environment plays a huge part in that. The new building gives our teams more space, has more areas for collaborative work and importantly is safe at 130% of the NBS code.
“Our history with the Manawatu dates back to 1905 and this new office is simply the next chapter in building a strong and vibrant business that can support clients right across the country. While we’ll certainly take time now to mark the new building and celebrate the move, for us it’s business as usual, as you would expect,” said Mr Black.
In marking the opening, Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith commented that the overall development and commitment by FMG to the Manawatu needs to be commended.
“FMG has had a long relationship with the region and it’s heartening to see that continue. With their largest office in Palmerston North and an Agri-Business centre in Feilding they’re showing that the region is open for business and that nationally-run organisations can operate from the provinces,” said Mayor Smith.