11 January 2018
Rural insurer FMG has taken up the lease of its new Palmerston North premises and will begin moving in to the new FMG House at 292 Church Street this weekend.
FMG begins move to new premises
From 5pm on Friday, external contractors will move around 140 roles, including FMG’s National Service Centre, Claims and Assessing teams. The remaining 120 roles will move across the following weekend. All physical enquires from clients or suppliers should be directed to the new office from Monday, 15 January 2018.
“Taking a staggered approach is a process we’ve used with previous large office moves. Employees finish work on Friday and when they return to the new office on Monday their workspace including desks, technology, personal files and phones, are all in place, allowing them to simply log in and pick up where they left off,” says FMG's Chief Client Officer Andrea Brunner.
“Moving in stages also means no impact on clients as we’re still able to run the Service Centre from our current building over the weekend.
“We’ve had a team at FMG work on the logistics of this move for over a year now. Moving around a third of your workforce, along with furniture and technology is no small task but we’re prepared. We’ve got good partners in place who will literally be doing the heavy lifting for us and we’re looking forward to it,” says Mrs Brunner.
All 260 Palmerston North-based employees will be in the new building by Tuesday 23 January, following Wellington Anniversary weekend, ahead of FMG’s lease expiring on the current building.
“It’s with mixed emotions we leave the current building. It’s worked very well for us for around thirty years, but it won’t meet our needs for the next thirty as we continue to grow.
“The new building gives us the space we need and we’re proud of its design and construction. The building is also very safe, which is hugely important to us, having been built to 130% of the new building standards.
“We’re incredibly excited to be moving in. Humphries Construction have been fantastic to work alongside and have done a superb job on the build noting that at times there were some challenging weather conditions to deal with,” says Mrs Brunner.
The new office will be officially opened on Thursday 8 February 2018.