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The building’s owners received consent last February to reclad the middle section of the building with a terracotta tile "rain screen", the colour of which was inspired by St Paul’s Cathedral across the road.
Other work to be done on the 1960s building includes window frame replacement and demolition of a flat on top of the building.
The original entry to the building, off the Octagon, would also be reinstated, including a retail space in the lobby.
The 80 Forsyth Barr staff who work in the building have been temporarily relocated to the former National Bank building in Princes St until the work is completed. Right: How the revamped building will appear.