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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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Wessex Water & Kingcombe Aquacare – working together for all of us

Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd are proud to be framework contractors for Wessex Water Services Ltd. We have built up a good relationship based on trust, reliability and understanding the needs of our client.

We have been involved in a range of projects, including the relining of final settlement lagoons, the repair and prevention of erosion, specialist fabrication design, and environmental project control.

Final Settlement Lagoons

Final settlement lagoons are found at many sewage treatment sites and are used to impound the water from the treatment process before it is released in to a watercourse. This is to allow any remaining sediment to settle out to ensure that the cleanest possible water is allowed to enter our streams and rivers.

We have been asked by Wessex Water to carry out lining works to several final settlement lagoons. We have installed Firestone EPDM liners to these lagoons to improve the integrity and extend the lives of these valuable assets.

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Installing Firestone EPDM as a liner in a final settlement lagoon

Erosion repair/protection

The wet weather and high flows experienced in recent years have caused many stream and river banks to suffer accelerated erosion. Several Wessex Water outfalls have been affected with the river cutting away the banks around the asset and we have been called in to carry out repairs.

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Eroded bank adjacent to a treated water outfall – before…
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….and after “soft” engineering repair, using growing material to stabilise and reinforce the bank
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Because of the speed of the water we also have to use “hard” repairs. In this situation we have installed a 3m high rock gabion wall to protect the lagoons from the flow of water which was eroding the outside of the bend.

Environmental Works

We also get involved with environmental works for WW such as permit applications, surveys and monitoring. We were asked to monitor the controlled drain down of a small reservoir recently. This involved measuring and recording the dissolved oxygen and turbidity levels, fish containment and maintaining a watch over the general fish health. We are pleased to announce that no fish were hurt in the undertaking of these works!

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Electrofishing the outlet channel after a controlled reservoir draindown

To view our full list of services please see http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/

Job Opportunity in our Maintenance Division

We are a National Company based in Somerset, specialising in the Construction and Management of Water for Landscapes, Fisheries, Leisure and Conservation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our

Maintenance Division

To carry out regular maintenance tasks for a wide range of water features on both commercial and private properties. The work is likely to include operating specialist machinery, weed cutting and control, herbicide application, seine netting, electro-fishing, fish transportation, planting, bank revetment and maintenance, liner installation and repairs as well as larger construction projects.

To be considered for the role you will have the following skills:

  • Relevant grounds or water maintenance experience a distinct advantage.
  • Hold a current CSCS card and relevant training certificates.
  • Able to establish good working relationships with clients, agents & sub-contractors.
  • Hold a clean driving licence and must be willing to travel nationally.

Benefits for this role include a competitive salary & working away allowances.

This position is based in Bristol.

For an application form call Kelly Eglon 01460 279200

Closing date:  24th February 2017

Kingcombe Aquacare Limited

An Equal Opportunities Employer

An ISO Quality 9001, ISO Environmental 14001, OHSAS 18001 Accredited Company

Tel: 01460 279200

Work in Progress

2017 has got off to a good start with projects underway around the country.

We are working in East Sussex on a splashpad as part of a leisure park development. The site is at Camber Sands near Rye, and is a new feature being installed as part of the redevelopment of the holiday park. So far we have experienced torrential rain and freezing temperatures but the project is moving on. One of the quirks of working on sites like these is that the client provides the accommodation and the site teams end up staying in the park mobile homes. Whilst these are great for family holidays in the summer months I am told they get a bit chilly when the temperature outside is minus 5 degrees C.

At the other end of the country we are working on a very similar scheme at Stibb near Bude in Cornwall. Another splashpad development on a holiday park but here we are working very closely with the Main Contractor who is building the control and plant room next to the splashpad.

These projects are running to strict timescales to allow the work on the surrounding areas to be finished before the parks reopen and take holiday bookings.

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In complete contrast we have just started building a 6m deep pumping station and associated valve chamber with ancillary works on a sewage works for Wessex Water. The site is about 10 miles from our offices, so gets lots of visits from everyone. It also means that everyone gets home at night.

We are also involved in work for a government agency along the sides of the River Severn within site of the Severn Bridge. This must rate as one of the most bleak and cold places in the South of England. When the wind is blowing up the estuary bringing rain from the Atlantic it is not a pleasant place to be.

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Handrail fabricated in our workshop

The winter maintenance of the weedcutting boats is underway and fabrication of platforms, structures and stairways is keeping the workshops gainfully employed.

Despite the cold and recently wet weather everyone is cheerful and looking forward to the advent of spring, longer days and hopefully better conditions to work in.

To see the wide range of services we offer please visit http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/

Looking in the Archives – A lake for Super Tankers!

About five years ago we were asked to carry out all of the modifications required to an existing fishing lake and a series of stew ponds at Timsbury near Southampton to form the Manned Model Training Facility for Southampton University.

This new development was to provide a safe environment for training senior deck officers and pilots, to give them experience of close quarter manoeuvring and berthing large oil tankers, ferries and similar ships

The training programme uses scale model ships of 9m or 10m long operating on an inland lake to simulate the behaviour of real, 350m long, 300,000 tonne  vessels. This is a unique facility in the UK and we were delighted to be asked to help with its construction.

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Long reach excavator on a pontoon

Morgan Sindall were the main contractors and after a lot of discussion and design meetings our work started with widening the footpath through the undergrowth to create a vehicle access to the lake. We then launched pontoons and floating plant to open up a passage between the various separate water bodies, we desilted deep water channels and dug a narrow canal around the top of the lake.

Concrete and steel retaining walls were designed and installed, bio engineering was completed, and different types of jetties and docks were manufactured, some were pontoons moored on tubular piles, others had either solid or pierced underwater profiles to simulate the different types of harbour wall construction that the mariners would encounter.

While we did the lake works, the main contractor built the training facilities, workshops and classrooms.

It was an interesting and successful scheme that tested our ingenuity and because of the poor access and soft ground, it needed innovative approaches to overcome problems of construction.

Below is a link to the training facility website and a youtube video of the lake and its operation, hope you enjoy watching.

http://www.mannedmodels.com

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Classrooms and floating jetties

 

Image Credit: www.somethingdifferent.london

Kings Cross Pond Club – Gone but not forgotten!

In December we were asked to help with decommissioning the Kings Cross Pond Club, 2 years after we finished our on-site construction work as specialist sub-contractors. As planned from the outset it was closed down to make way for designated green space as part of the permanent development works.

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Image: Kings Cross Pond, the B|D team get in for a swim

Enormous credit should be given to Argent, developers of the Kings Cross site, for taking on the perceived risk of building the first public natural swimming pond in the UK. The bold concept and artistic design by Rotterdam based Landscape Architects, Ooze, in conjunction with Marjetica Potrč became an iconic London Landmark with a cult following for almost two years. Kingcombe, assisted by WasserWerkstatt, provided the technical input and design to ensure that the bathing water adhered to the strict German FLL guidelines for natural pools. B|D Landscape Architects provided the detailed landscape design and there was a wider team of designers and contractors who also helped to bring the project together.

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Image: Kings Cross pond, fantastic reflections

We are proud that the pond functioned so well despite some challenging conditions. The water remained clear and clean during periods of heavy summer use when bather loading was high and water temperatures were consistently over 20oC. As with all natural swimming pools Kingcombe build we used the market leading BIOTOP filtration equipment to maintain the excellent water quality.

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Image: Kings Cross pond, perfect water quality

There are positive angles we can take from the decommissioning work. We now have a stock of second hand equipment that we can install at a heavily discounted rate. If you are considering a natural pool project and you are interested in saving on the cost of new equipment please do get in contact. Many of the plants from the Kings Cross pond have been relocated to other projects so as to minimise wastage and reflect the eco-friendly nature of natural pools.

What has been proven is that naturally filtered public swimming facilities do work in the UK and they are positively embraced by swimmers looking to escape the chlorinated blue box.

If you would like to know more about our BIOTOP natural pools then we recommend you talk to Ben Garner in the first instance 01460 279 200. Alternatively you can order brochures from our website here: http://kingcombe.com/natural-swimming-pools/

Now is a good time to start planning for summer 2017.

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Happy New Year to all of our clients, staff and suppliers at the start of 2017, which is our 30th anniversary year of service to the environment.

Without your support we would never have achieved all that we have done over those 30 years. As we reach this significant milestone, it is wholly appropriate that we should take time out to thank you all for your individual contributions, in so many ways, to our success.hrh

First of all to our suppliers. Despite the modern world demanding that our commercial relationships have to be wrapped up in ever increasing contractual paperwork, those relationships still remain founded on a bond of mutual trust and respect. You have worked hard over the years to provide us with the resources to do our work, for which you can rightly expect to be paid in a timely fashion. We hope that we have always achieved that. Those old fashioned values have remained at the core of our business, helping us to survive some pretty turbulent economic conditions over the years.

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Then to our staff. One of the greatest joys has been to see how many of our staff have grown up within the business, developing their skills and experience in the process. Only this week we celebrated another member of staff reaching his 20th anniversary with the company. It is impossible to place a value on the knowledge accumulated over those years, but for certain it ensures we can offer our clients a healthy mixture of mature experience and youthful enthusiasm to overcome the challenges with which they present us. We are only as good as the staff that we employ, and we thank them all for their loyalty, their hard work and their good humour over the years.

And finally, and most importantly, to our clients. Without you, there would be no business. You have continued to present us with new and exciting challenges, which I hope that we have always strived to overcome. One of our proudest moments was to be awarded the Environment Agency’s Project Excellence Award in 2013, for the innovative design and installation of a simple eel pass. In the absence of any external power source, this relies upon miniature ram pumps to provide a suitable flow of water for the elvers to swim up. Working in close collaboration with our clients in this way is so rewarding, especially if the environment is the beneficiary of our mutual efforts.

It is a particular source of reassurance to me that over 70% of our orders come from our existing client base. Many of our regular maintenance contracts extend back well over a decade or more, demonstrating the faith that you have in our staff and the quality of the work that we do. Working in the demanding water environment, we cannot claim that everything goes according to plan every time, but our ethos is always to go that extra mile if necessary to get it right in the end.

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We would encourage you to take a few minutes to browse our website, view our various videos and see the full range of services that we can now offer. Kingcombe Aquacare Services We have certainly come a long way over the last 30 years and we unreservedly say thank you to all of our clients, commercial, private, Local Authority and Agency, for the trust that you have put in us and for encouraging us to grow over those years. We will never take that trust for granted.

So please join us in raising a toast to the next 30 years of Kingcombe Aquacare’s continuing service to the environment.

Merry Christmas!

We would just like to wish all our existing customers, colleagues, suppliers, sub contractors and friends a very Merry Christmas.

2016 has been a year of change with new faces joining the team and existing colleagues moving on to further their careers elsewhere. The Company has continued to diversify, making firm commitments to the waterplay and splashpad market, and starting to work in the power generation sector with water turbines installed through a zero cost funding scheme. Meanwhile we have continued to work hard providing a service to the Environment Agency, fabricating new structures and repairing existing ones whilst also keeping the culverts and screens of Torbay free of debris. The maintenance teams have been busy keeping the canals of London clear of weed and debris with our two weed boats. They have also continued with the regular visits to business parks and private gardens keeping the water features pristine. Our engineering teams have been travelling the country providing their specialist skills to build new and refurbish existing water features, on sites as diverse as sewage works to working on prestige housing developments.

We look forward to the challenges of 2017 and all that is in store for us, and would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year.