Posted on 16/04/2018 by Joni Beal

Official Installers! Renson Louvered Canopies

Our team are just back from a trip to Belgium for certification as Official Installers for Renson Louvered Canopies. Visiting the worldclass factory near Ghent for four days, our team were put through rigorous training! Whilst we have a tradition of crafting wooden buildings for The Lapa Company, Renson Louvered Canopies are aluminium structures with a light yet sturdy design and a beautiful solid finish.

Renson's aluminium canopies are low-maintenance and resistant to UV radiation, making them the ideal choice for an English garden. Renson also offer a multitude of personalisations, from sound and light bars to wind tight screens and sliding panels, so that any outdoor environment can be just as comfortable as an indoor entertaining space. And, accomodating the British weather, the orientable louvers  open to allow you to bask in the sun, but when closed have discrete guttering to whisk rainfall away without wetting your patio.

All Renson products are underpinned by their worldwide reputation for quality and innovation which is what attracted us to their range. Neil Hennessey, Landscape Architect for The Lapa Company said "The Renson set up is very professional, the products are extremely well engineered and the research and development that has gone into them is evident at every stage".

We have a number of Renson installations scheduled for this summer and look forward to seeing the team in action!

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.

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The Lapa Company are suppliers of premium outdoor living products.

We supply traditionally thatched Lapas, thatched gazebos, cedar shingle garden buildings and cape reed thatch tiles. Our workshop in the heart of Kent is the ideal place to pick your perfect gazebo.  

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