The X Span Story


Hi there,

I’m Anthony Farrelly the founding owner and managing director of X Span. At X Span we specialise in the manufacture and sale of pre-engineered steel building kitset solutions.

Following a long involvement in the steel building industry, the X Span journey started in 2012 when I decided that I wanted to make a real difference to the status quo of the New Zealand cold rolled steel (C-section portal frame) building industry which was dominated by Australian-based companies, whereby the overwhelming majority of these shed companies operate on a franchised model.

I believed that I could provide the New Zealand public with the Best Product at the Best Price, through forward innovative thinking and doing differently – outside of the box so to speak!

At this point many asked me – why another shed company? Isn’t the New Zealand market already saturated with them? The answer was yes, but then there was a ‘but’ – and this ‘but’ is what makes X Span so different from the rest.

When a company operates under a franchised model, the franchisor takes a large margin of the kitset price before it is offered for sale to the customer.

For X Span customers, this doesn’t happen, because we are an independent and family-owned business that provides kitset buildings to the New Zealand market direct from the factory to your site – that means no middle man (franchisor), which means you have the opportunity to purchase a steel building kitset at the best possible price.

Not only can you purchase at the best price, also you are assured of top quality thanks to our commitment to using the best New Zealand steel in our kitset buildings. We have teamed up with a great bunch of reputable, trustworthy and long established New Zealand suppliers.

A big part of X Span’s commitment to provide the best product has been the development of our very own, market leading K5S® steel portal bracket system – New Zealand’s first and only BRANZ Tested and Appraised steel portal bracket system. To find out more about our K5S® system, click here.

With a strong company focus on ‘Best Product at the Best Price’, I then thought “Why continue doing what all the competition are doing and only limit the use of a software design system to the likes of a franchisee, based at their display site”.

This vision led to the development of our state of the art online Shed Creator system, which provides anyone the ability to design their own dream shed or building, quickly and easily, in their own time and in the comfort of their own home. You can learn more about how Shed Creator works by clicking here.

I hope you have found this insight into the X Span journey interesting – to say I am passionate about X Span would be a big understatement. I get a real buzz out of bringing a passion for property and construction, that I have held as long as I can remember, to work to create better building solutions for our customers every day. At the same time, I know a healthy work-life balance is important, so outside of X Span you will find me spending time and having fun with my beautiful wife Hayley and our two boys. So I guess I had better sign off soon!

Please remember you can contact us at any time with any questions about your building design needs. We are here to help as we continue to strive to provide you with the Best Product at the Best Price – in our quest to become New Zealand’s number one choice for kitset steel buildings!

Until next time,


Anthony Farrelly – Founding Owner and Managing Director, X Span