Musical buildings for HP, IBM

HP's new base in Wellington will be the side of the handsome bronze-coloured glass tower on Featherstone Street (centre) which for many years has housed IBM.

HP’s new base in Wellington will be the side of the handsome bronze-coloured glass tower on Featherstone Street (above) which for many years has housed IBM.

The building is shared with the Intercontinental Hotel, formerly the Parkroyal. HP’s half of it will be rechristened the HP Tower, though HP will, to begin with, occupy only levels 16 and 17. The company will move in in November.

IBM Wellington will be transferring to four floors in the Majestic Centre on Willis Street. Computerworld understands there will also be an increase in the number of its staff based in Petone.

The lease has run out on the Hewlett-Packard building in Willis Street, says an HP spokeswoman, and it will be vacated when the shift occurs in November. The 1980s building, with its once-modish pillared veranda, pink-and-grey interior décor and sweeping staircase, was purpose-built for HP.

Also, Compaq, now part of HP, will be moving out of its large building in Victoria Street. There is plenty of room, even on only two floors of what is now the IBM building in Featherstone Street, to accommodate both companies’ merged operations, the spokeswoman says. “They’re very big floors.” Victoria Street office, a massive polygonal tower, was taken over from Digital Equipment when those two companies merged.

IBM will be moving to Wellington’s tallest building, the Majestic Centre, on Willis Street.

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