Posted on 12/10/2017 by Joni Beal

Edinburgh Zoo - A case study

Edinburgh Zoo, A Case Study

Client Vision

As part of a new development and enclosure – Tiger Tracks - the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) needed five new viewing shelters for visitors to the zoo.

Completed in 2017, Tiger Tracks is more than three times the size of the tigers’ previous enclosure and cost in the region of half a million pounds. Built specifically for its breeding pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, it features a ground level viewing tunnel for visitors, covered pathways, a high level viewing area, feeding post and cubbing den. It also gives the tigers climbing structures, heated rocks to relax on, ponds to splash in and a new indoor house.

The Lapa Company were recommended to the RZSS via our work at Port Lympne Wildlife Park, part of the renowned Aspinall foundation and as such RZSS approached us to collaborate on the project.

Our proposal

Five open sided structures all suitable as visitor viewing shelters, ranging in size from 2.4m x 2m to 4.8m x 4m.
All structures would be larch clad timber buildings, four with Cedar Shingle roofs and the fifth with a galvanised steel roof as per the RZSS plan.


We sent a team all the way from Kent up to Edinburgh to complete the installations. Working with a local team from Edinburgh, the shelters were completed in under two weeks. The stunning surroundings of Edinburgh Zoo were a great setting for the buildings, though the team weren't expecting to be quite so up close to the Tigers during construction - a unique and captivating experience for all who were there. 


Posted on 24/06/2017 by Jemini Pattni

Outdoor Kitchen Show Garden

The Lapa Company sponsor a Contemporary Bee and Butterfly Garden by Lanwarne Landscapes

We were delighted to be approached this year by multiple award winners, Lanwarne Landscapes to feature our Fire Magic outdoor kitchen equipment in their 2017 show garden for BBC Gardener’s World Live.

With a growing reputation, and professional approach, we were happy to support them by providing a contemporary barbecue, outdoor fridge and access doors to be situated in stone clad outdoor kitchen.

Martin and James both came to visit our showroom and attended our Outdoor Kitchen Design Course before finalising and constructing their unique vision of a Contemporary Bee and Butterfly Garden.

We travelled to BBC Gardeners World to support them and see their design in person. They offered such creative craftsmanship in their garden, and we were blown away by how all the elements came together. Not to mention the huge crowd they were attracting!

Their show garden featured a beautiful display of different types of complementing flowers with a pergola, fire pit, water feature, wooden seating area as well as our Fire Magic outdoor kitchen.

Lanwarne Landscapes went on to win the Best Construction Award, as well as a silver merit, both very well deserved. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer company to sponsor and look forward to seeing their reputation and success continue to grow in the future.


For added insight into their garden do Watch Gardener’s World 2017: Episode 13 on BBC iPlayer.

Posted on 20/05/2017 by Jemini Pattni

My First Month at The Lapa Company

First month at The Lapa Company by Jemini Pattni

Jemini has recently joined The Lapa Company as a Marketing Assistant, and we asked her to write a blog post regarding her first month with us...

Deciding to change career is not easy. From being a full-time photographer to entering the marketing world was a big step! I have always been interested in marketing, but never thought I would pursue it as a career or find a company that would allow me to learn gradually. The Lapa Company have given me this opportunity. I admit I was a little scared not knowing anything about gazebos or the manufacturing industry itself, but I am slowly learning about the brands that the company sell. Scheduled overviews with each member of staff about their roles in the business in my first two weeks thoroughly helped me get an insight into how each employee affects the company.

The Lapa Company are affiliate members of BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) and I was lucky enough to be a part of the meeting with them. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how they promote and support professional landscapers and garden designers as well as seeing their amazing new laser cut brochure! So far, I have enjoyed working on social media platforms, learning how to change content on a website and attending Kent Vision Live, which really helped my outlook on marketing. At Kent Vision Life I was able to attend live marketing sessions, which had speakers from multiple companies all experienced in Marketing, they focused on social media, marketing strategy and how to use digital channels within your company which I found really useful.

I have much more to learn about the company and industry, and I am looking forward to future tasks and projects, but so far I have enjoyed every task that I’ve been faced with. ‚Äč

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About Us

The Lapa Company are suppliers of premium outdoor living products.

We supply traditionally thatched Lapas and a range of Thatch Tile and Cedar Shingle Roof Tile gazebos. We also offer a wide variety of timber via our Total Poles brand, and supply premium outdoor kitchen brands Fire Magic and BeefEater.

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We feel it is our responsibility to ensure we produce and distribute a responsibly sourced product and this is a priority when sourcing suppliers. Not all of our products are FSC certified, therefore please specify on your order if FSC material is required.

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