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HNB Opens Its First ‘Green Bank Building’ In The North

Acting Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director, HNB, Jonathan Alles, accepting the first deposit

Hatton National Bank recently opened a state of the art green bank building in Jaffna. This is the first green bank building to be opened in the Northern Region and is the second such building built by HNB. HNB was the first Sri Lankan bank to open a green bank building in Nittambuwa in 2011. The Chief Guest at the event was Jonathan Alles, Acting CEO/Executive Director of HNB.
The new five-story building in Jaffna is an environmentally friendly design and construction maximizing resource efficiency throughout its life cycle. The building is equipped with systems for solar power usage for lighting, rain water harvesting systems with treated waste water usage for landscaping, vertical landscaping systems to minimize glare and an automated louver system to minimize glare, sunlight and heat along with an intelligent air conditioning system. The building also has an advance BMS (Building Management System) through which the energy efficiency is monitored at a central point.
Speaking on the occasion Jonathan Alles said this new green bank building in Jaffna is a monument dedicated to the people of the Jaffna peninsula for the unwavering commitment and loyalty shown by them over the last 40 years when banking with HNB. He said HNB is fully committed to the people in the North and East with almost 50 customer centres in the region and noted that the bank has evolved with tradition while making significant investments to improve technology to provide innovative banking solutions.
He further stated that the new building will house the metro customer centre, the private banking floor, a fully equipped training centre and a 260 seat state-of-the art auditorium. Alles thanked his predecessor, Rajendra Theagarajah, for his vision and passion to build such a great bank building in Jaffna.
Speaking on the occasion Shayan Kumaradas, the Architect responsible for the design of the building said the Jaffna Green Branch Building sets precedence to find the solution to post war-regional architecture going beyond the normal trend of Dravidian architectural style practiced in Jaffna which is normally emphasized with domes, pinnacles and Dravidian column capitols. He said the building tries to set a new trend in post-modern Jaffna architecture by carefully conserving the spatial and progresional characteristics of local domestic architecture celebrated with local art forms, but moving forward with an out of the box idea of ultra modern design on par with any building in today’s western world.

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