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Built with Pride
Leighs was founded in 1995 with the vision for a construction and project delivery company built with integrity.

Now with over two decades of experience, our dedicated and growing team has a proud history of executing diverse projects, from civil buildings to multi-million dollar workspaces, throughout New Zealand, the wider Pacific and even Antarctica.


Leighs Construction is established in Canterbury by Anthony Leighs.

1996 – 2003

Leighs builds its name and portfolio as we complete several small to larger scale projects throughout the Canterbury region.


Leighs reputation for taking on the tough jobs was secured. We’d just finished a job in Africa for the NZ Government when we got the call up to build the Hillary Field Centre in Antarctica.


We then took ‘tough’ to the next level – building the NZ Embassy in East Timor.


Following the Christchurch Earthquakes, we began safely and successfully demolishing some of the largest buildings in the CBD to enable the rebuild to begin.


Leighs was a major contractor in the construction and delivery of some of Canterbury’s most significant rebuild projects, including Burwood Hospital, the largest project in the history of NZ’s health sector at the time.


Entered the Auckland market – began working on Middlemore Hospital, Starship Hospital, the Skhy Apartments and Smales Farm B:Hive.


The ANZ and BNZ projects are completed – a unique job for Leighs as they occurred simultaneously, across the road from each other.


Smales Farm B:Hive project is complete, marking a significant build for Leighs. B:Hive was subsequently voted best office in the world at the 2019 World Architecture Awards.


Leighs completed the University of Otago’s Sciences redevelopment, a state-of-the-art facility that included a New Zealand first Trace Metal Free Lab.


Successfully completed the Mt Eden Correctional Facility – the largest project we have completed in Auckland to date.


Leighs is known as a trusted and respected National Construction Company, delivering quality, safe, functional and iconic buildings for New Zealanders.

We believe our true difference lies in the values we hold and our commitment to them. From our independent board, the education and training of our staff, the team processes that streamline our work, to our enduring client partnerships and the projects they inspire, we regard every aspect of operations as an opportunity to aspire to and demonstrate excellence.

As a proud New Zealand-owned and operated business, we’re deeply connected to our work. With teams comprised of industry professionals, both local and from further afield, we’re passionate about developing New Zealand’s infrastructure, strengthening local communities by providing secure and enduring employment opportunities and leaving a lasting legacy of safe structures for future generations.

Annual Review

Click here to view the 2019 Annual Review, also available in PDF format.

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2017 Annual Review


2016 Annual Review


2015 Annual Review