Crown Pavilions, superior handmade garden buildings and gazebos saves 30% on roofing materials from the largest online roofing merchant in the UK, Roofing Superstore, a brand of Construction Materials Online. With a vast catalogue of stock from world leading suppliers just a few clicks away, Crown Pavilions also benefits from a one stop shop for its pitched roof builds, saving the company valuable time and resources dealing with multiple suppliers.
Bringing the inside out
With a 3.5% growth in 2015, the market for garden buildings and structures is set for a 2% to 4% annual growth, according to a recent report by AMA Research. As the trend for creating outside living space increases, Crown Pavilions, supplier of buildings to household names such as Duncan Bannatyne, Gloria Hunniford and Alan Titchmarsh, enables its customers to enjoy their gardens come rain or shine.
Gytis Stelmokas, Purchasing & Marketing Manager at Crown Pavilions, explains: “We’re seeing a huge increase in demand for fireplaces, underfloor heating, and hi-tech double-glazing as customers seek to make use of their outdoor space whatever the weather.”
Crown Pavilions is where discerning homeowners as well as landscape designers, architects and property developers go for beautifully designed luxury garden buildings. Indeed, a bespoke Crown Pavilions’ structure will form the centrepiece for a ground-breaking RHS garden this year at Hampton Court, while another takes centre stage at a special holiday project in Hampshire catering for military service personnel and their families.
The company has a range of structures within its collection as well as offering customers a bespoke service. “Home cinemas, pool houses and bars are becoming increasingly popular”, elaborates Gytis.
All Crown Pavilions garden buildings are designed and built to order in the company’s Oxfordshire workshop and installed on site. Constructed in steel, the framework offers a sturdy basis upon which to build using the finest Scandinavian wood and Canadian red cedar.
Business going through the roof
Prices for garden buildings start at £20,000, while a gazebo starts at £7,000, including delivery and installation. The company fulfils around 600 to 700 installations per year. “2015 was a good year for us, we sold 600 units and expect to increase that significantly this year”, says Gytis.
With a turnover of £7m and growth of 30% year-on-year, Crown Pavilions began seeing revenues rise just before the recession and accelerated growth throughout the downturn. Furthermore, the company forecasts that turnover will almost triple to £20m within the next 3 to 5 years.
Return on investment on outside space
While residential projects have been the mainstay of Crown Pavilions’ business, accounting for around 95% of orders to date, commercial contracts are the latest growth driver with businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, spas, pubs, cafes, indeed the whole of the hospitality sector, seeking to turn outside space into areas that deliver return on investment. As Gytis points out, “it’s not just homeowners that are looking to maximise space and make use of their gardens all year round”.
The crowning glory
Crown Pavilions structures feature either a flat or pitched roof. Its flat roof structures are finished in EPDM rubber, while pitched roofs on bespoke garden buildings are finished in Canadian Cedar shingle. Gazebos feature either natural thatch or Canadian Cedar shingle roofs. All construction materials for its pitched roof builds are purchased via Roofing Superstore. The online merchant is the sole supplier for the company’s lead, waterproof membranes and finishings, as well as supplying bespoke guttering.
Saving 30% with Roofing Superstore
Gytis explains that the company have made huge savings with Roofing Superstore as the exclusive supplier for roofing for its pitched roof garden buildings. While the company tends to place smaller monthly orders during its quieter months (October to February), larger orders are placed during the busier summer season (March to end of October).
Dedicated to securing the most advantageous supplier agreements, Gytis explains: “We get good trade discounts with Roofing Superstore. When buying in volume we are able to save up to 30%, hence why we placed 5 very large orders in 2015.”
More than cost savings
As one of the largest online merchants, Roofing Superstore stocks over 29,000 products from the world’s leading suppliers without the restricted stock levels often found in stores. Gytis explains what this means for Crown Pavilions: “With access to a wide range of stock, we can get everything we need to build our pitched roof structures, including membranes and fixtures and fittings. As such, the site really is a one stop shop for us.”
Because Roofing Superstore adopts a drop-ship delivery model, Crown Pavilions also benefits from speed of delivery. “Products are delivered in 2 to 5 days and most often reach us within 3 days direct from supplier. With quick delivery guaranteed, we’ve been able to take on unexpected orders from the many trade shows we attend as well as meeting customer requests to bring installation dates forward on existing orders”, reveals Stelmokas.
Before working with Roofing Superstore, Gytis recalls that Crown Pavilions invested a great deal of time and resources dealing with up to 5 different suppliers at any one time to meet all of the company’s roofing needs. “We’re no longer wasting time sourcing and maintaining relationships with multiple suppliers. Now, any one of my colleagues can order online with ease, with everything we need only a few clicks away”, he explains. “I would definitely recommend Roofing Superstore to other construction companies looking for a convenient shopping experience that saves both time and money and offers the greatest choice in construction materials.”