That historic edifice effect meant in the past we built fixed walls and anchored ourselves to the tenancy. That we built so permanently meant we were highly unlikely to ever change location.
Now our new branches and ANZ Plus stores are created from a simple kit of modular parts that come together, like Lego pieces, and the modular design provides us the flexibility to adapt our spaces quickly and cost-effectively to the future needs of customers and staff.
It also provides us with the ability to re-use components - either in the existing branch footprint or elsewhere. We can re-use three quarters of all the materials again for another location.
Over time, a stockpile of parts will be accrued – meaning that future fit-out designs can consider and incorporate what is readily available. On-site construction time and wastage is also reduced. Spaces can be easily updated by rearranging or replacing components or entire assemblies in response to evolving customer needs and technologies.
Compare that with an old stone bank branch where – even if it is now a wine bar or art gallery – the design and fit-out of the branch, its vaults and solid timber fixtures, remain, often unchanged.