Lion New Zealand leaves Freemans Bay for CBD, HQ in new Mansons TCLM constructing

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Jan 21, 2022 4:47 am

Two storey black block on Fanshawe Street: the new offices of Lion New Zealand. Photo / Included

Lion New Zealand has left Freemans Bay to establish a new national headquarters in Auckland’s CBD.

Country Director Craig Baldie said the business has moved to 136 Fanshawe Street, near the intersection of Halsey Street.

The building was developed by Manson’s TCLM and tenants include MC (formerly Meredith Connell), Fidelity Life, 2degrees and Tower.

The Local: A new bar at HQ.  Photo / IncludedThe Local: A new bar at HQ. Photo / Included

“We originally planned to move in in September, but like with so many things, Delta put the kibosh on it,” Baldie said.

Hundreds of Lion employees previously worked at the New Zealand headquarters on Napier Street, Freemans Bay.

Lion headquarters now occupies the entire level one of the black dual campus building between Hardinge St and Fanshawe St.

The staff transitioned in a phased process that began late last year and concluded this month.

Baldie said the outfitting brief to interior designers Stack focused on sustainability and best-practice design thinking to create a unique Lion space that is functional and agile, but doesn’t look conventional.

The words of Sir Douglas Myers on a wall of new offices.  Photo / IncludedThe words of Sir Douglas Myers on a wall of new offices. Photo / Included

“We’ve repurposed as much of our previous office as possible, prioritizing local materials, crafts and furnishings to bring our heritage and personality to life,” he said, citing a longtime CEO.

The words of Sir Douglas Myers hang on the wall of a large meeting room seen as one enters the new headquarters.

“I was convinced that in order for the whole community to thrive, everyone must strive to be better, to be more productive. It’s not good enough to live in a beautiful country,” the quote reads.

Baldie said Lion’s origins date back 180 years, as the company was founded in 1841 when the Great Northern Brewery in Khyber Pass opened in 1861.

“Our footprint has evolved to include manufacturing and distribution of a wide range of beverages, craft brewing, coffee and hospitality.

Craig Baldie at The Local at the new HQ.  Photo / IncludedCraig Baldie at The Local at the new HQ. Photo / Included

“Our new space supports our ambition to be the most innovative and sustainable beverage company in Aotearoa with new ways of working, a range of collaboration spaces and the best technology, as well as tributes to our long and proud heritage,” he said.

“The events of the last two years have validated how important we are to purpose, human connection and conviviality. We look forward to slowly moving out of our home offices, makeshift desks, dining tables and sofas to getting back together in 2022 with our eyes firmly on the future,” he said.