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Sandymouth Resort Splash Pad Success

The week leading up to the May bank holiday saw us commissioning a new childrens splash pad at Sandymouth Holiday Resort, in Bude, Cornwall.

This was the final piece of work for us to complete on this project ready to hand over to the Client in preparation for their opening at the weekend. Normally we would be finished and commissioned with time to spare but we were reliant on others for power and water connections and to complete the finishing around our work. We understand that everything went well despite thunder and lightning on the Friday night. We are happy to announce that our equipment worked well without any problems for the holiday makers and in the words of one mother on Facebook – “my little man loved it”

So well done to everyone from Kingcombe who helped make this scheme a success, and added to the enjoyment of the resort’s customers.

To visit the Sandymouth Resort Facebook page, please click here

30th Anniversary Celebrations

A great time was had by all when the Kingcombe Team came together on the weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the company. A family BBQ was held on the Saturday afternoon at Cann Farm, John and Theresa Colton’s home, accompanied by a water slide, paddling pools, football goals and the biggest bubble maker known to man! In the evening over 90 of our clients, suppliers and staff sat down to a four course meal, including a duck breast starter and a crayfish and water buffalo main course. Washed down with some great wine, followed up by fabulous music and entertainment courtesy of the band Area 52, it proved to be a barnstormer of an evening and an appropriate way for us to thanks to those present for all their support over those 30 years.

 However, that thanks spreads beyond the sore heads, hoarse voices and weary limbs of the revellers on that evening. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our clients who have placed their faith in Kingcombe over the years, many of whom have become firm friends in the process. We also need to remember our suppliers, be they a one man band or a large national company. Our supply chain is critical to the success of our performance on site, without their diligence and reliable service it would be impossible to achieve the quality goals that we set ourselves. The Kingcombe Team is a very broad kirk, and we welcome this opportunity to extend our thanks to all those who have helped us to achieve this notable milestone.

Whilst it is tempting at a moment like this to dwell on the achievements of the past, I am excited to say that the heady mix of youth and maturity, male and female, innovation and experience, that now makes up the Kingcombe Team, prepares us so well for the challenges that lie ahead. Coming straight off the back of being involved in the building of water features on no less than four – yes, four – Gold Medal winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month (http://kingcombe.com/2017/05/chelsea-flower-show-success/), our 30th Celebration was not so much a recognition of our achievements in the past, more a statement of intent for what we hope to achieve in the future.

Here’s to the next 30 years!

Chelsea Flower Show Success

We are very pleased to announce that of the four gardens that we were involved with at Chelsea this year, all have won Gold Medals, including a 72nd successive gold for Hillier’s.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden – designed by Charlotte Harris. Water element by Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. 2017 Gold Medal Winner: Show Garden
Viking Cruises Garden – designed by Sarah Eberle. Water element by Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. 2017 Gold Medal Winner: Artisan Garden
Walkers Wharf – designed by Graham Bodle. Water Element by Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. 2017 Gold Medal Winner: Artisan Garden
Spring – designed by Sarah Eberle. Water Element by Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. 2017 Gold Medal Winner. This is Hilliers 72nd successive gold medal.

Congratulations to all involved!

(All photos courtesy of Royal Horticultural Society)

UKAS Certification Audit

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the British government to assess the competence of organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.

This week has seen the culmination of a lot of hard work by several people to refine and document our Integrated Management System (IMS). The systems and processes have been re written and set out and define how we deal with quality management, environmental management and health and safety management, combining the information to meet the latest ISO 9001, 14001, and OHAS 18001 standards.

After a pre audit assessment 6 weeks ago to validate our systems, this week has seen an assessor spend three days with us ensuring that we actually operate our IMS system properly, in line with UKAS standards. This included two days in the office and one day visiting sites to see that not only do we “talk the talk” but we actually “walk the walk” as well.

Happily we met all the criteria and are now waiting to receive our UKAS Certification!

Wet Fun for the Summer Holidays

We are about to start work on another splashpad, this time for Reigate and Banstead Council. The project involves the restoration of an existing play ground which included a small water play area, next to a timber ship climbing feature.

The project starts on site on the 15th of May and we are expected to have it operational for the start of the school summer holidays. We will remove the existing sand, cast a new water play area including features from our own EcoSplash range of attractions and construct a small control and pump kiosk which will stand just outside the playground.

The area will then have a bright resilient play surface laid, both over the splashpad and around the existing ship so that the facility meets the current safety standards.

Meanwhile we are halfway through a project in Dunstable for the Town Council to create a new waterplay ground in an existing park; currently the park has a conventional play area as well as sports pitches. We are building a new facility that makes use of an existing pavilion to house the pumps, fileration and control equipment. The pavilion is being refurbished to provide improved facilities and will include a café and toilets so that while the children play, Mum and Dad can have a coffee whilst keeping an eye on them.

A bit like an iceberg, the part of the splashpad you can see above the ground is only part of the whole installation.

The picture shows one of the two buried tanks being installed; this will be buried adjacent to the play surface. In addition there is a pumping station to collect the waste water after cleaning the filters and there are numerous buried pipes and drains. This week we have started the fit out of the control room, putting in the pumps and water treatment equipment. We expect to be finished at this location in late June, in plenty of time for families to enjoy the summer sun.

To find out more about Splashpads, please visit our dedicated page on http://kingcombe.com/water-play-parks/water-play-parks/

Quantity Surveyor Vacancy

Kingcombe Aquacare is one of the UK’s leading specialists in water management with activities ranging from the restoration of historic water features, the creation of iconic lakes, through to the maintenance of watercourses and water play parks, including fish husbandry and aquatic weed control. With a wide and varied client base from the public and private sector, the Company is looking to recruit an experienced Quantity Surveyor to help manage the planned growth in our workload.

The role will involve preparing valuations and final accounts on a variety of projects. It will ideally suit an individual with Civils and/or Groundworks experience. The role includes flexible working hours based at our offices in Crewkerne, but some travel across the South of England and Wales may be required to sites, as necessary, when expenses are paid.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant management team delivering unique projects with huge satisfaction in the finished product.

If interested, please phone Kelly Eglon on 01460 279200 or email ke@kingcombe.com for an application form.

CLOSING DATE: 7th April 2017

Repeat Business

They always say it is easier to do repeat business rather than find new customers. This is of course very true for our maintenance teams where we revisit familiar properties to work on the ponds and lakes, year after year,  getting them ready as they come alive again in the spring. But the last couple of weeks has seen us secure two pieces of engineering work for previous Clients. One is for the Corporation of London, working at the Barbican Centre. We will be replacing some steel pipework in a lake we cleaned out and restored about 12 years ago. The challenge is that we are working in a totally built environment, surrounded by residential flats, two schools and the Barbican Centre. So our working methods and times have to be modified to suit our environment. It is also a challenge because of the number of people who want to stop and chat, they are genuinely interested in what we do and want to find out more. Whilst it is only five minutes out of their day, when you have been asked for the thirtieth time “So what are you doing then mate?” it starts to eat into the time available to do the job. But still we are from the West Country where the opportunity for a yarn over the fence is never deliberately turned down!

Weir at the Barbican Centre
Aerator at the Barbican Centre

The second job is in complete contrast. We will be cleaning out a lake for a private Client near Swindon. This was the place that  John and Chris first met when they did the same work together in 1988. We know the date because it is cast into the concrete bridge that they made to go over the cascade. Here we will be working in a very rural environment, with only dog walkers and ramblers to see our progress.

 

Both jobs present different challenges and contribute to the variety of work we enjoy completing from mechanical engineering to heavy plant and excavation.

To view our range of services please visit http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/

Children’s Splash Pad Nears Completion

The creation of the new children’s splash pad at Camber Sands Holiday Park is in its final stages, the safety flooring has ben laid and the Mechanical and electrical works are under way. The play features are to be installed over the next two weeks

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Kingcombe Aquacare Weed Boat Day

Aquatic Weed Harvester Demonstration on 4th April 2017 from 10:00am

 

Braunston Marina is situated at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals and was originally developed at the turn of the 19th century as the waterways depot at the northern end of what was then called the Grand Junction Canal. It now forms a focus for those interested in the canals, their boats and history.

With the kind permission of Braunston Marinas management team we are holding a demonstration event where industry professionals can come and see two of our “Aquatractor” weed harvesting boats and get a close  look at its unique features.

The boats “Jenny” and “Gordon” are based on a well tried and proven design. Capable of being trailered to site they are an efficient, reliable and agile workhorse capable of maintaining a high level of aquatic weed harvesting hour after hour. Unlike many boats the “Aquatractor” cuts and collects aquatic weed, which can then be deposited onto the bank or into a barge or trailer.

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The purpose of the day is to show the two boats to interested professionals and riparian owners who might have an interest in learning more about this method of mechanical weed control. During the season we have one boat based in London and the others operate from Somerset, regularly travelling as far afield as Liverpool, the North East and the Broads.

There will be members of Kingcombe staff on hand to discuss particular problems and introduce you to the wide range of services we offer.

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If you would like to come along, see the boats, walk around this historic site or enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and bacon roll at the Gongoozler’s floating café then please get in touch with Kelly to book a place on ke@kingcombe.com or call 01460 279200.

The Marina itself is located here: http://www.braunstonmarina.co.uk/Contact-Find-us

Get in touch if you are able to come along, we would love to see you.

http://kingcombe.com/aquatractor/home/

Winter Colour

This picture of the Severn Acre lake at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley shows what can be achieved when skilled and knowledgeable gardeners decide to create some winter colour next to a lake.

We first worked on the Seven Acre lake nearly twenty years ago, we cleaned it out, installed some revetment and put in a bentonite cut off trench to help maintain summer water levels. We also built a cascade and pump system all in the wettest autumn for years.

Last year we were asked to build a retaining wall around part of the lake to support the bank, and then the RHS staff took over with the planting, with the spectacular results in the photograph.

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