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Bespoke water feature for the Waddesdon Estate

The Waddesdon Estate were building a bespoke and striking new residence for the Curator of the Waddesdon collection, designed by the internationally renowned architect Charlotte Skene Catling. One essential element was an innovative pond and stream feature, designed to rise within stylised pools on the ground floor of the house itself and then flow on out into the garden in a more natural fashion, down to a lake on the edge of the property.

Kingcombe took this design concept and worked up the construction detail drawings, specifying the pumping and filtration requirements for the project.

We were then appointed as nominated sub-contractors by the main contractor, Kingerlee Ltd, who were constructing the main residence.

Given that 50% of the water feature was actually situated within the built environment of the house, this project required careful planning and co-ordination to dovetail our works into the overall project programme. An awareness of the needs of other trades was an essential requirement for those working on the water features. The requirement to guarantee clear water throughout the water feature demanded a comprehensive re-circulation and filtration process, for which all the equipment was housed in a large underground plant room. This consisted of large sand and UV filters as well as a back-up chlorine dosing unit. Despite the challenges of this novel site, Kingcombe staff completed the water feature both to time and to budget.

“Kingcombe got on and did what they had to do. I wish all sub-contractors were so reliable.” Project Manager, Kingerlee Ltd

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