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Job Vacancy – Maintenance Division

Due to an increase in workload we are looking to find experienced individuals to join our Maintenance Division on a fixed term contract until the end of the year and possibly further should current work levels be maintained. We require you to hold a CSCS card and the relevant strimming and brushcutting tickets.

If you are interested please contact Kelly Eglon ke@kingcombe.com 01460 279200 www.facebook.com/KingcombeAquacare/

 

Trash Screens

We were tasked with improving safety and asset performance on some of the trash screens that we manage in the Torbay area, as part of our framework contract.

We have currently installed two new bespoke trash screens, fabricated by our own EN10-90 accredited workshops and we’re in the process of fabricating a third. These changes will help improves safety of the operatives when cleaning and prevent debris blocking hard to reach culverts. It was good to see the trash screens we replaced before Christmas working well after the recent storms.

The new fabrications are to provide safe access over a floodwall and allow debris that has entered the culverts to be easily released by the operatives. The next tranche of trash screens are being made now and will be ready for installation in the next few weeks.

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Our client needed to install a signal cable across a 23m wide section of the river Avon in Dorset. The signal cable will be a vital component in the water level monitoring and flood forecasting system.

From here to there – where the new cable needed to go

But how do you get a cable across a river which is over 3m deep – and how do you protect it and ensure that it stays in place?

Working with the team at Commercial and Specialised Diving Ltd, a plan was devised to use a 63mm twinwall duct, laid as a single run across the bed of the river.

2m lengths of heavy equal angle steel were prepared and galvanised. These would be laid over the duct and fixed to it. The steel would offer impact protection to the duct and also act as ballast to hold it in place on the river bed.

The banks at this location are piled vertical walls. On the right hand bank the duct was laid in to an existing but redundant stilling tube and on the left bank the duct was fixed into the web of the existing sheet piling.

Going in

The underwater work was carried out by a diver equipped with surface supplied equipment. This is where the air is supplied to him from the surface through a hose known as an umbilical. The air supply is constantly monitored by another member of the team who can also communicate with the diver through the umbilical. A second diver remained on the bank fully suited up, ready to provide assistance if required or even a rescue should a problem occur. Two further members of the team worked from a support boat.

The first job for the diver was to clear the weed from the river bed along the route of the duct. With this done the ducting, complete with draw cord was floated across the river and loosely secured on the opposite bank. The duct was then pushed up the stilling tube and secured at a pre-cut access port.

Going down!

The first section of steel was then roped down to the diver from the bank. The diver then laid the steel over the duct, the steel and duct were then fixed together.

The next sections of steel were loaded on to the support boat and carried in to the channel, where they were roped down to the diver one at a time and laid and secured in to position.

At the far bank the duct was fixed in to the web of one of the sheet piles.

Lots of kit required

The cable was then securely tied to the draw cord and pulled through the duct from the far bank. Once the cable had emerged from the duct the draw cord was removed and the cable coiled up for later connection.

Made it – job done

Once all of the works in the water were complete the diver was retrieved from the river and given a well earned hot cup of tea – he had been in the water for over an hour.

Farm Business Innovation Show

Exciting news! We’re exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show next week, 8th and 9th November at the NEC.

If you need advice on how to diversify your rural business with water, come and see us on stand 934. Our splashpad expert Greg, will be holding a not to be missed speaker event. Other speakers include Michael Evis, Doug Gurr and Geoff Sansome!

You can register here for free tickets before the event http://www.farmbusinessshow.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Site Manager

New Year – New Job?

We are actively seeking to recruit additional site staff for the New Year. If you have the skills and aptitude, are looking for a challenge, and don’t mind working away from home, then please get in touch.

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We are looking for a Site Manager, ideally from a ground works, earthmoving or building trades background. You will be a problem solver, happy to manage a team of 3 to 6 men, reporting to a Contracts Manager for delivering a diverse range of projects safely, on time, to budget with no defects.

We are also looking for Site Operatives. Hardworking with a desire to make a difference, you might have construction industry experience or come from the landscaping industry or agriculture. You will work as part of a team on a range of projects all over the country for private and public sector clients.

Please follow the link to the specific job descriptions:

Site Manager Job Description                                 Site Operative Job Description

If you are interested in these positions can you fill in the application form – here – and we will get back to you.

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As Good As New!

Kingcombe have been busy over the past 6 months de-silting in various locations over the South West including a project near Dorchester.

Working with the Environment Agency, we carefully reinstated a section of River back to its original condition.

Before the works started, an ecologist surveyed the area which determined when the work could take place and agreed the working methods.

A pre-start meeting took place to agree access, parking and emergency procedures.

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Prior to starting, a detailed site specific inspection, environmental and site risk assessment and methodology were completed.

During the works

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Using a hydraulic excavator and a dumper, the silt and vegetation was removed from the river to a stockpile for later disposal.

Project Completion

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And it doesn’t stop there for 2016! This month, one of our site teams will be busy right up to Christmas de-silting a private lake near Warminster.

De-silting has been one of Kingcombe’s core activates for nearly 30 years and it gives us great pleasure to return a lake/pond/river or reservoir back to its original beauty.

Please contact us if you require further information on de-silting.

Purbeck rock revetment

Rock Armour Flood Defence Work

In October we completed a successful flood protection and bank revetment project in Wiltshire. The return of our wintry wet weather will likely increase enquiries for this type of work so here is a short case study to demonstrate one of the many ways we can help deal with erosion and flood protection of rivers and streams.

Flood defence revetment
Flood defence revetment

The Problem

Working on a section of river that suffers from periodic flooding Kingcombe Aquacare were asked to remedy a failed section of bank protection and remove an obstruction within the channel.

The blockage in the channel was the main cause of the problem as it was causing water to back up in a flood event and also deflecting the flow towards the river bank.

The Solution

We designed a rock armour solution and obtained the relevant approvals from the the local authority before starting on site. We arranged for a qualified ecologist to check the site for the presence of protected species before proceeding. As with all in-channel works we set out a series of environmental protection measures to protect the watercourse from our work activities. These included a sandbag cordon, sedi-mats and an oil boom.

The obstruction was removed from the channel and the existing failed revetment dismantled. Following some preparation we lowered in slabs of Purbeck rock to form a stepped wall up to the designed level. Some voids were left in the rock to enable plants to colonise and soften the look of the stone. We used geotextile material and a little concrete behind the rock where necessary to ensure our solution stands the test of time.

Our client is delighted with the finished work and so are we! We can’t wait to see how it looks in 12 months when it has had time to weather in a little. This sort of revetment is useful in slow to moderate flows where periodic flood events are possible.

There are many erosion protection solutions available ranging from living bioengineering green methods to reinforced concrete and steel piles. Whatever your requirement please do not hesitate to call us, we would be happy to talk it through with you. Alternatively, have a look here

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Eels and Fish Survey Work

Our fisheries team have been out and about undertaking some fish survey work.

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Jon with a Mirror Carp
European Eel
European Eel

Jon Trevett sent in some photos from site including a magnificent eel. It is so nice to see such a stunning specimen as our eel population is a fraction of what it used to be.

Our bespoke eel pass design and installation work in conjunction with the Environment Agency (read more here) is helping to improve migration of elvers and mature eels, which goes a little way towards improving their chances of increasing in numbers once again.

Have a look here to read more about our eels – they are on the ‘Red List’ of endangered species.

If you own or manage a section of river with man-made obstacles to fish and eel passage we may be able to help. Nick Williams is the man to talk to 01460 279 200. If you need our fishery expertise please contact Scott Rice on the same number.

 

 

Lake Restoration at Bushy Park

The old cooling lake on the site of Marchwood Power Station extends to about 6 hectares. It is used by Southampton Institute to train the masters of large vessels such as bulk carriers and supertankers. The models they navigate on the water as part of their training are all computer controlled, and the facility is one of only two such training areas in the World. The lake used to be closed for several periods of two weeks at a time in the summer for excessive growths of weed and filamentous algae to be removed, at great expense and with even more serious loss of income.

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