Commercial Bank relocated its Trincomalee branch to a purpose-built eco-friendly building on land owned by the Bank in the scenic north eastern resort town. Built in conformity with sustainable construction principles that not only minimized environmental impacts during construction but will reduce the branch’s carbon footprint during operation, the new branch building is set in landscaped gardens that emphasize nature rather than the structure itself with a majority of the space conceded to the outdoors.
Located on the Court Road, Trincomalee, the two-story edifice is fitted with rooftop solar panels that will generate a major percentage of the electricity required under a netmetering system; an overhead rainwater harvesting facility and its own sewage treatment plant that will recycle sewage into water to irrigate the gardens. All garden lights are powered by dedicated independent solar panels. The building is designed to maximize use of natural light during daytime further reducing energy consumption and it is equipped with energy-efficient air-conditioning that enhances its ‘green’ credentials. Befitting the location, a separate holiday bungalow has been constructed on the premises for the use of the Bank’s staff on official visits or on furlough.
The new branch building has an ATM, Cash Recycler Machine (CRM) and an e-Slips cheque collection capability that together offer access to cash and deposit facilities around the clock, 365 days of the year.
The new branch building was formally declared open by Justice K Sripavan, Chairman, Commercial Bank on February 1, 2021 in the presence of S Renganathan, MD, Commercial Bank, Sanath Manatunge, COO, Commercial Bank as well as the representatives of the corporate management of the Bank.