Structural Steel


Fitzroy Engineering is a significant engineering designer, fabricator and installer of structural steel for commercial, industrial and residential construction projects

Fitzroy Engineering is a certified structural steel fabricator as recognised by Steel Construction New Zealand, and as such we offer reduced compliance risk for engineers, architects, quantitiy surveyors, builders, and building and infrastructure owners.

This certification demonstrates that Fitzroy has the appropriate personnel and procedures in place to consistently produce work of the highest quality.


RECent projects

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Rydges hotel, wellington airport

Client: Arrow International

Fitzroy have won the steel supply, fabrication, painting and erection contract for the new Rydges Hotel at Wellington Airport which involves approximately 1000 tons of structural steel. Fitzroy’s scope also includes the supply of all site cranes which will see us utilising our new Terrex 100 ton all terrain crane. This is a very high profile development in a prime position at Wellington Airport and Fitzroy is looking forward to working closely with Arrow to achieve project completion in 2018.



rostrevor house seismic strengthening

Client: Wilson Building, Wellington

Fitzroy engineering was engaged by Wilson Building to apply exterior earthquake-strengthening to the seven-storey building. Four huge steel frames were attached to the outside of Rostrevor House building; Each frame measures 23m x 8m and weighs 9 tonnes.

The original design intent and methodology was to stick build the frames and complete the welding on site. Fitzroy came up with an innovative way to eliminate site welding by fabricating the frames in New Plymouth and trucking them to Wellington in one piece, which provided the most cost effective solution and eliminated unnecessary time on site. The four frames were installed in two days vs the three months on site it would have taken by adopting a stick build methodology.



Westlake Boys HIGH SCHOOL Ceremonial Archway

Client: Westlake Boys High School Foundation

Fitzroy was asked to fabricate, paint and install the Westlake Ceremonial Archway, which is a collaboration of well-known corrugated iron sculptor Jeff Thomson with former Head of Art, Dugald Page and current Head of Art, Mark Masterton.

The imposing, 5 metre high Westlake Archway is a 1200mm wide formed curved steel structure featuring words and phrases representative of Westlake’s culture, situated at the school entrance. It is expected that it will become a tradition that all students commencing their studies at Westlake Boys High School will walk through the archway on their first day at school and will not step under it again until their graduation day, several years later.

The archway looks simplistic in design, however this was a technically challenging project, testing the limits of our plate rolling and brake press capabilities and tradesmen skills to achieve a seamless look.



Auckland City Rail Link Britomart Station Enabling Works

Client: Downers Soletanche Bachy JV

In 2016 Fitzroy won the supply, fabrication, coatings and erection (200tons) of the Auckland City Rail Link Britomart Station enabling works. 

This was a fast track project, which we finished on time for the opening of the new temporary Britomart Transportation Building on the 17th January 2017. Our scope included the new temporary building off Commerce Street, inclusive of the metalwork scope including new stairs, stainless steel handrails and associated infills.


National Biocontainment Laboratory, Upper Hutt

Client: Fletcher Construction

In 2016 Fitzroy were selected to fabricate, paint and install 500tons of structural steel for the new National Biocontainment Laboratory in Upper Hutt. The building is for the Ministry for Primary Industries and is a high security biological laboratory at its National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease in Upper Hutt.

The present lab is the only facility in New Zealand approved to contain some high-risk pathogens and was set up to diagnose exotic animal diseases like foot and mouth disease, scrapie, avian influenza and equine influenza.

This is one of the most complex buildings in New Zealand, with fabrication and erection procedures requiring that all site connections involve full penetration welds with no bolted joints in the main structure. This will give the building the highest seismic rating in the country.

india high commission – Structural Steel Fabrication & Erection, wellington

Client: Ebert Construction Ltd

In 2017 Fitzroy was awarded the contract for supply, fabrication, paint and erection of steel for the new High Commission of India. The building will feature offices and amenities for the Chancery, a central atrium, function space and full commercial kitchen, basement carparking and nine apartments.  The total floor area is around 6,500m2 over five floors.

Cashel Square Stage 2 – Structural Steel Fabrication & Erection, Christchurch

Client: Leighs Construction

In 2015 Fitzroy won the contract to fabricate, paint and install 1300 tons of structural steel in Christchurch, subcontracted to Leighs Construction. The five story office building is located in the heart of Christchurch bordering Cashel Mall with retail shops at ground level. We completed site erection in December 2015 on time and on budget.

Majestic Centre Seismic Strengthening, Wellington

Client: Fletcher Construction

In 2016 Fitzroy Engineering won the contract to complete seismic strengthening of the Majestic Centre main Barrel Vault and Habit Gym areas. This was a complex project that had to be executed mainly at night to allow normal business operations to continue during the day. The scope involved laser scanning the existing Barrel  Vault structure to ensure the strengthening steel fitted first time involving complex TKY joints.



Aranui High School, Structural Steel Fabrication & Erection

Client: Hawkins Construction

Fitzroy won the contract to fabricate, paint and install 1100 tons of structural steel in Christchurch, subcontracted to Hawkins as part of the PPP2 schools programme. We started on site mid-November 2015 and achieved practical completion in March 2016. There were seven buildings fabricated, a mixture of single and double story buildings built on the old playing fields, which were opened for students January 2017.

It was a great project to be involved with and we enjoyed working with Hawkins on this successful project.


Christchurch Hospital Acute Services Building

Client: CPB Contractors

In 2016 Fitzroy won the contract to provide the logistics and erect the 6000 tonnes of imported primary structural steel for the new Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital.  This is a mammoth task but what makes this project especially challenging is the logistical exercise involved in receipting and organising the tens of thousands of individual structural components and over 100,000 nuts and bolts.

Our project management identified very early that this would be a significant logistical challenge so Fitzroy is applying innovation to the project delivery.  The Fitzroy IT staff have developed a material management system that will allow the team to track all material via barcode throughout the lifecycle of receipting, inspecting, dispatching & erecting.  The system will integrate material data, shipping lists, our erection plans and AFC drawings into a web based system accessible via tablets.   With many thousands of fabricated items and drawings to manage, such innovation is the only way to successfully administer this work.

The Acute Services Building is being constructed to an Importance Level 4 (IL4) standard. This is the highest safety rating a public building can have – 180% of the building code. The construction incorporates 79 lead rubber bearings that recently arrived from Malaysia, and which will be used in the base isolation system.  The base isolators sit on concrete columns above the foundation slab and isolate the floors above from the effects of any lateral (sideways) ground movement during an earthquake.

Fitzroy has is establishing a core crew of 30-35 people in Christchurch which will be supported by the project team in New Plymouth.  It is envisaged that during particularly busy periods this crew will grow to over 40 tradesmen.   The team includes Fitzroy staff, Fitzroy contractors, local Christchurch contractors and a range of other service providers – engineering, surveying, transport, cranes, access equipment and others all required to deliver the project.

Yarrow Stadium Reroof, Seismic Strengthening Project, Taranaki

Client: New Plymouth District Council

In 2015 Fitzroy was awarded the head contract to re-roof Yarrow Stadium (Rugby Park) and seismically strengthen the existing two cantilever structures. The majority of the work was self-performed by Fitzroy, which included:

  • Overall management of the project and subcontractors;
  • All scaffolding and fall protection for the project;
  • Installation of all new steelwork;
  • Replacement of 14,000 roof fasteners and custom made washers;
  • Blast & painting of existing and new steelwork;
  • Installation of all timber for flashings, purlin packers etc…;





Taranaki Base Hospital – IL2 & IL3 Strengthening

Client: Fletcher Construction

In 2014 Fitzroy was awarded the contract to seismically strengthen the new Taranaki District Health Board hospital link structure and upgrade the building to meet the IL2 rating prior to opening (late 2014). This work involved working at height installing new steel above the foyer (4 floors above ground level), in the lift shaft, link pins and other cavities.                           

Subsequently we have completed upgrading the building to IL3 rating.