Bosses Rebuilding: Precinct Properties's Scott Pritchard

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 29 Jul 2020, 7:39PM
Scott Pritchard, chief executive of Precinct Properties. (Photo / File)

Bosses Rebuilding: Precinct Properties's Scott Pritchard

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 29 Jul 2020, 7:39PM

Opening the country's tallest building during a pandemic, on the rare occasion it happens, is unheard of.

But that's what CEO Scott Pritchard and his company Precinct Properties did, building Commercial Bay in Auckland's CBD with both retail and businesses dwelling inside.

Mr Pritchard told Heather du Plessis-Allan the idea for construction started eight years ago, but it did not factor in a pandemic.

"That wasn't really identified then, but having opened the retail seven weeks ago and then opened the tower this week, look we couldn't be happier to have it open and have people in there experiencing it."

Monday was moving day for PwC who will take up six floors in the office block.

Mr Pritchard admits there was worry that after the pandemic, people would be more inclined to work from home and businesses would not be using the office space within the tower.

"The risk there is for how long people are stuck at home.

"Here in New Zealand the fact that we were only in lockdown, I say only but only in lockdown for five and a half weeks, we've now seen a large degree of the businesses return to their office space."

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