Bridgman & Bridgman aims to triple turnover by 2020 with new Green Roof Hub

Green roof specialist Bridgman & Bridgman is building a green roof nursery in a bid to streamline operations and triple turnover by 2020.

The Green Roof Hub site. Image: Bridgman & Bridgman
The Green Roof Hub site. Image: Bridgman & Bridgman

The family business’s Green Roof Hub is set to open next month on a 0.8 hectare site close to Junction 13 of the M1 in Bedfordshire.

The landscaping company, which aims to concentrate solely on green roofs by 2020, is investing £40,000 in infrastructure on its existing rented site with the support of its landlord.

Co-founder Neil Bridgman, will lead the project, using his extensive background in nursery management and growing to help streamline its operations.

Products will be sourced from existing suppliers including Boningale in the UK and Holland and stock coming from overseas, such as sedum blanket from the Netherlands, will be acclimatised. Delivery will be more efficient, the company said.

Co-founder Chris Bridgman said: "In the past we have six or seven suppliers deliver to the specific jobs but we were finding that’s too much transportation and the CO2 emissions are far too much. We were almost counteracting all the good we were doing putting green roofs on.

"We want to create a hub so we need one large lorry load instead of five or six which will dramatically reduce our Co2 emissions.

"It’s also going to save us money, we’re currently reliant on five or six deliveries; Sod's law there is a problem with one and soon you could go into two or three days for a one-day job. This way, everything is much better planned, it enables us to reduce our costs as we’re not going to have to allow for contingencies for a second day.

"We’re buying a lot more in bulk. All in all it’s a good way of going forward sustainably and differently," Bridgeman added.

The hub will allow space for green roof trials and to offer training to other green roof contractors, as well as a more comfortable rest area for install teams between jobs.

It has also created a job opportunity for a local student with a keen interest in horticulture who did work experience at the company last year. Abigail Sunasky is due to start in June and will be based full-time at the hub with Neil Bridgman.

The company currently employs 10 staff and turns over £500,000 annually. 

Chris Bridgman added: "By 2020 we aim to solely concentrate on green roofing and at least triple our turnover in that time."

He said he believed there were big opportunities for green roof suppliers and installers because of the environmental benefits they provide and that the new facility was in a good position to service London clients.

"We’re currently paving over two Hyde Parks in London every year. Roof space really is the answer. The more that the local boroughs get on board with green roofing the better" Bridgman said.

"London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been very supportive of it straight away, he’s really keen to deal with the air pollution in London. Green roofing is a way of reducing those levels. We’re a member of the Green Roof Organisation and they’ve got opportunities to lobby into the Government and try and copy what London are doing across the other cities in the UK. Politicians are starting to listen too." 

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