Rolawn builds new HQ to centralise operations and increase efficiency

Rolawn is building a new headquarters in the centre of its growing district in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The new building will house 30 staff but has room for expansion. Image: Rolawn
The new building will house 30 staff but has room for expansion. Image: Rolawn

The turf grower and supplier of turf, topsoil, bark, mulch and lawn seed is moving 30 staff from current buildings in Elvington, North Yorkshire after four decades to a purpose-built centre at a 8.5 hectare site in Seaton Ross.

The new building, which the company expects to move into in the autumn, will bring together administration and office functions with production facilities and workshops, making for a more efficient and cohesive workforce.

Rolawn’s managing director, Paul Dawson said: "This is a key milestone in Rolawn’s development allowing us to cater for the future needs of our customers in terms of enhanced product quality, service, and reliability."

Sales and marketing director Jonathan Hill said concentrating operations in the heart of the growing area would be more efficient and also better for the environment, as the company would use less fuel in transportation of products and people.

"It makes sense to have our HQ where our distribution is done. The topsoil market that we have is very much a growing market and it requires us to have the right people in the right place, bringing it together is what the new headquarters is all about."

The 71-staff company does not have any current expansion plans but has factored in possible expansion into its new building. It has sold its current headquarters building to a construction company.

Hill said that supplying "site specific, task specific, high-grade" topsoil to landscapers was a growing area for the company, for both private and public sector projects.

Most recently it has supplied its Medallion Turf to an annual re-turfing of Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, delivered by Sportsmaster. It has also ramped up its supply to ITV’s Love Your Garden, which it started supplying last year. This year it has supplied more projects, which have been filmed but not yet broadcast, with its Medallion turf and Blended Loam topsoil.

Chris Beadshaw is also using Blended Loam for his RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden,  which his company Chris Beardshaw Ltd is building while Tracy Foster has specified Medallion turf for her Welcome to Yorkshire garden, being built by Landform Consultants, something which has been "very supportive to the local economy" Hill said.

Rolawn reported a turnover of £13.4 million in its 2015/16 accounts. Hill said this had risen to £14.5m in the year to the end of February 2017.

Rolawn has also just achieved the ISO 1401 and 9001 accreditation. Hill said this was "something we are very proud of".



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