It’s always good to see Kiwis doing well overseas and the latest contract nabbed by architecture firm Warren and Mahoney is testament to that. The firm won the contract to redesign the National Australia Bank (NAB) network of banks — all 760 of them. And joining the firm on the project will be fellow Kiwi company, branding specialist and design agency DNA.
“This is a significant assignment for us by any measure, and is testament to the quality and reputation of New Zealand’s design industry overseas,” said . Warren and Mahoney director John Coop.
This project won’t be the first DNA and Warren and Mahoney have worked on together. The duo teamed up to carry out an extensive design of local NAB subsidiary, BNZ, completing the project this year.
According to Coop, its work on the BNZ project has “certainly played a part in this latest appointment, even though it was a highly competitive pitch”.
Competitive pitch is right. Head of retail design and principal at Warren and Mahoney Gareth Huston told us the firm beat out three Australian firms in the pitch process to win the project.
The combined NAB project team will be led by Huston, who also led the BNZ project.
“The design brief is encapsulated by NAB’s goal of ‘being the best retailer in every town’,” Huston said. “Together with DNA we’re confident we can bring that to life, and transform the in-store banking experience for NAB customers.”
For its part, DNA has already completed a series of work for NAB. Based on the success of its Out of the Box collateral system for BNZ, DNA has created NAB’s own version of the system, which offers a customer friendly way to package product information.