Building customers for life

Discover the Steelpac Construction difference

As a locally owned business, we have been trusted experts in steel construction for over 35+ years.

Our experience spans the design and construction of industrial and mixed-use commercial buildings including large format warehouses.

As masters in design and construction, we can take you through the entire process from idea to completion.

Whilst design-build projects are our specialty, we’re well-known for our versatility; it’s commonplace for us to work with clients on construct-only contracts.

Located in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch, we deliver services throughout New Zealand.

We didn’t get to be the proven, time-tested leader in steel construction by accident. Over the last three decades, we’ve been championed by industry leaders, managers, and advisers because of our abilities and capacity to deliver excellence time and again.

We’ve maintained our success through our dedication to excellence by creating quality buildings and always focusing on building customers for life.

It takes uncommon qualities to achieve extraordinary results — vision, innovation, dedication to intelligent design and mastery of new technologies.

It’s these very qualities that have established Steelpac Construction as dedicated masters in the delivery of turnkey solutions for commercial projects across New Zealand.

We’re an organisation of innovators, creators and doers who can see what’s possible and make dreams a reality.

Our Guiding Principles


Support and care for each other and our customers demonstrating appreciation and recognition of contribution.


Communicate honestly and openly with each other, our consultants, contractors and customers.


Prioritise the safety and well-being of our team and all who we encounter.


Work collaboratively and cooperatively to deliver on our promises each and every day.


Maintain and develop our strong systems approach to achieve maximum productivity.


Stay up-to-date and be proactive with the latest technologies and deliver innovative solutions.


Maintain our focus on excellence in all workmanship with meticulous attention to detail.


Chris Lawton

Director and Operations Manager

Cora Lawton

Director/Financial Manager

Cora Lawton, the eldest daughter of Don Lawton has worked on and off Steelpac Construction before it became Steelpac Construction Group Limited (SCGL) as she was studying and gaining external experience. Cora completed her BLA Hons in 2012, however before this she was providing landscape services for commercial and agricultural sites.
Once qualified, Cora continued working with her own Landscape Architecture firm, gaining extensive experience in design and consenting of agricultural and rural developments, whilst also being Financial Manager for SCGL. In addition she has also completed her Post Grad Cert on Construction Project Management and Post Grad Diploma in Planning. Cora currently leads the administrative team of SCGL with a strong focus to ensuring all works are completed to time and budget. She is the liaison with our Operations Manager, Chris the client and Site Supervisors, whilst ensuring the company maintains a high administrative, compliance and financial standards.
Cora lives in Auckland with her son and loves spending her time off adventuring with her son carrying out her many hobbies like tramping, motorbike riding, MTB, fishing and camping.

Don Lawton

QS / Company Advisor

Donald (Don) Lawton is the patriarch of the former company. He established Steelpac Construction Limited in 1987 and built a successful business delivering some major projects across New Zealand. In fact General Manager, Gavin Griffiths from Novasteel quoted recently that the relationship between the two businesses has always been that if Novasteel wrote the business, Steelpac could build it. This relationship is one that has spanned over 30+ years.
After semi-retiring in late 2019 through succession planning where his children, Cora, Chris and Jen created Steelpac Construction Group Limited, Don is a shareholder of the subsidiary company Steelpac Construction Group Limited. His semi-retirement has Don working part time in the business continuing to QS upcoming projects and offer his building expertise. Don also attends monthly Board meetings in his capacity as a sounding board advisor offering his years of experience to the family business.

Jennifer Cory

Director and Special Projects

Scott Barns

Site Supervisor

Scott (Scotty) has 18 plus years experience in the building industrial, agriculture and building projects. He has been with Steelpac since he started his building career and has developed into a reliable, hardworking and capable site supervisor. Scotty is a strong leader and aims to complete all projects within the deadline to a high quality.
Scotty originally from West Auckland is now based in the Waikato.

Nick Cory

Site Supervisor

Nicholas (Nick) Cory comes from a family of builders and became qualified in 2007 He has over 25 years’ experience in the building industry including senior roles. Nick has a background of building residential and commercial properties. He is LPB registered and is working towards further qualifications in site supervisor and management.
Nicholas is based in the growing town of Te Kauwhata, Waikato with his young family. He loves spending time with his family and taking them on fishing adventures and is actively involved in the community with his passion for Rotaries and racing.
Nick is a hands-on Site Supervisor and likes to get jobs completed to the highest standard. Clients find Nick approachable and relatable. He is very practical offers solution based expert advice to save time and money when required. Nick enjoys motivating and upskilling his team and workforce. He leads by example with solid values of being extremely trustworthy and honest. SCGL pricing team often liaise with him to gain insight and details on projects.

Glen Corbett

Site Supervisor

Glen Corbett is a qualified carpenter with 20 + Years experience in building industrial, agriculture and commercial properties. Glen is a valuable member of our team and has been with the Steelpac Construction & Steelpac Construction Group Limited for 15 Years which has seen him grow and develop into the talented, hardworking and reliable Site Supervisor he is today. Glen focuses on having great communication, solid quality control (and accountability) and having superior organisation skills on all his building projects.
While Glen’s home base is in Christchurch with his 3 children, he also travels throughout New Zealand for SCGL projects. Glen enjoys mountain biking, barbecuing and days at the beach on his days off.

Dan Cory

Site Supervisor

Daniel (Dan) Cory is a qualified carpenter from a family of builders with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of the building industry. Dan is a qualified builder working towards his site supervisor qualification.
Dan is very dedicated to Steelpac Construction Group Limited and often travels to different parts of New Zealand to complete building projects. Dan has a teenage son and loves to hit the slopes with him when he can and catch up with his family.
Dan is a highly respected for his knowledge and expertise in all areas of construction. He has an eye for detail and fantastic standards. While working with SCGL Dan provides a hands-on approach and is focused on having a well organised site and open communication.

Our Certifications

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