About Otago Engineering

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Andrew and his sister Lauren took the helm of A. J Grant in 2019, rebranding to Otago Engineering.

With over 65 years as an engineering business in Dunedin, it was our aim to continue, expand and further improve supplying and installing a wide range of steel and iron products including gates, fencing, balustrades, handrails, clotheslines, spiral staircases and playgrounds throughout the country. We also aim to produce and install customised security and automatic gates throughout Otago including Alexandra, Clyde, Queenstown, Cromwell and Wanaka.

Andrew brings over a decade of experience from New Zealand and Australia as an engineer to Otago Engineering, and Lauren comes from a background in graphic design and administration. Together we bring a focus on quality and creativity to every project we complete, helping businesses throughout Dunedin and New Zealand with steelwork and wrought iron pieces.


The History of Otago Engineering (Formally IRONGEAR by A.J Grant)

Otago Engineering has been a trusted business in Dunedin for over 65 years, previously called A. J Grant after the previous owner, Alex Grant. The business began in a backyard garage, building roof racks and gates from recycled conduit pipes. Sons Allan and Bruce took over from their father in 1976.

During that time, A. J Grant introduced IRONGEAR as a major facet of the business. IRONGEAR included wrought iron products, gates, elegant balustrades, fencing, ornate staircases, and specialised in swinging and sliding security gates.

You can still see some of the beautiful wrought iron fences and security gates produced decades ago by A. J Grant and Brett St John around Dunedin as IRONGEAR produced work for the likes of Port Otago, Milton Prison, the University of Otago and the Dunedin Chinese Gardens. Long time employee, Brett St John spent his life honing his craft and would forge pieces manually, producing intricate pieces. To this day, Otago Engineering continues to have a forge and can complete historical fence pieces using traditional techniques.

Andrew began his engineering apprenticeship with A.J Grant in 2007, after qualifying as an engineer, Andrew embarked on his overseas experience, returning to A.J Grant in 2015 to take on a managerial role. As Bruce and Allan looked to retire, Andrew and his sister, Lauren, decided to take on the business, rebranding to Otago Engineering.