ONE NEWS REPORT:The office and retail building is being designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, along with local architects Warren and Mahoney. Ban also designed Christ Church Cathedral's Transitional Cardboard Cathedral on Hereford St. Site owners Redson Corporation said earlier this week that the building was due for completion in November 2019. Occupying the site of the former ANZ bank headquarters, the building will house a store for Redson's business Aotea Gifts, which also owns the Naturally New Zealand chain of stores. It will also house a cafe, restaurant and other stores. Redson director Richard Hanson said the new building's design was inspired by Canterbury's braided rivers. It would be built using engineered pine timber and a glazed facade and feature 38 columns. "Christchurch has lost so many special buildings, so it is important that new buildings are of high quality and have a strong narrative," he said. "This is particularly important for Cathedral Square as it is still a strong tourism destination in the city." Redson Corporation hopes construction can start in October. Their resource consent bid was lodged this week. The company bought the site last year. Prior to housing ANZ, it was home to the United Service Hotel. On the other southern corner of Cathedral Square, the large office building for telecommunications tenant Spark is already under construction and is also due to be ready in November 2019.