26 Nov 2013

BP considers move to Auckland

9:25 pm on 26 November 2013

A large commercial real estate firm says a proposal by BP to move its Wellington office to Auckland is rash and there is plenty of good office space in the city.

The oil company vacated BP House after the first Seddon earthquake in July this year and moved into temporary accommodation it says is not suitable long term.

It is now consulting with its 90 Wellington staff about a possible move to Auckland.

However Ryan Johnson, the Wellington managing director of commercial real estate firm CBRE, says the capital has seisimic problems - but not to the extent corporates should be leaving.

BP says the proposal is not about alternative office space and there are business reasons for the possible move to Auckland.