Talented permanent workforce

LT McGuinness is a third-generation family construction company with a large pool of talented and loyal staff.

We choose to permanently engage most of our construction workforce to ensure top workmanship and sound management. Many staff have worked for the company for over 10 years, and a number for more than 20 years.

Unrivalled experience

In 65 years of operation we have worked on all types and sizes of construction projects, ranging in value from $20,000 to more than $100 million.

Our experience in dealing with high profile sites, multi-unit residential construction and public safety is unmatched. We have special expertise in refurbishment and seismic strengthening.

Strong management

Strong management is vital in construction.  We lead from the front with clear communication, careful planning and an unrelenting approach to quality and performance.

Technical skills and innovation

Our firm’s founder, Laurie McGuinness, who priced jobs and materials using a carpenter's pencil, paper and hand-levered calculator in his Tui Street joinery shop over 50 years ago, would have marvelled at today's technology.

We are the first New Zealand company to use a construction management technology called Procore which provides cloud-based construction software to clients across the globe. For the waterfront Wharewaka, we used new technology called CNC (computer numerical controlled) modelling. A computer worked out the joints, cutting angles, most economic use of steel and how it should fit together, then ran the machine that cut the sheets of steel.

One of our greatest technical challenges came in constructing a carpark below tidal level for the Clyde Quay Wharf apartments. Work for the first 12 months took place mainly out of public view below the wharf, battling tides and waves stirred by Wellington’s winds. The project went on to win the Property Council’s supreme award for 2015 as ‘the best of the best’ of New Zealand’s construction projects.

Plant and equipment

We have an extensive range of plant and equipment for all kinds of construction projects, including