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We are looking for a new estimator to join the Kingcombe Stonbury team based in Crewkerne. Please see the Advert below for more details. 

As an expanding business with an increasing presence in our industry, we now have an opening for an Estimator. We are a specialist contractor to the water industry, currently providing services to the Environment Agency and other public bodies as well as private clients.  As a growing business with a sustainable and achievable growth strategy, this is an exciting time for us. If you see yourself working for a company that engages, develops and rewards its people, Kingcombe Stonbury could be just the place for you.

Training will given to the right applicant. Candidates with experience of both estimating and quantity surveying within the construction industry would be considered ideal for this position. Skilled operatives with knowledge and experience of the construction process and a desire to learn will also be considered. You will report to the senior estimator.


  • Proven ability to communicate effectively at all levels in order to liaise with team members, clients, suppliers and directors
  • Demonstrable work history highlighting an ability to manage multiple tasks at one time and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to create accurate schedules of prices and bills of quantity using Valesco software
  • Ability to quantify project risks that influence the delivery costs
  • Willingness to learn and apply new techniques
  • Experience using MS Suite
  • Full UK driving licence


Kingcombe Splash back into 2018!

The construction is almost complete at our latest splash park in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead.  The large interactive water play design includes 55 in-ground water features, including the new Glow Domes supplied by our American partner Water Odyssey™ and 57 individual spotlights.

The park is home to a roman villa first uncovered in the 1960’s, (http://www.dacorumheritage.org.uk/article/the-gadebridge-roman-villa) so great care had to be taken in early stages of the project, with an archaeologist  being present on site during the excavation phase. There was no discovery of further artefacts or buildings, so work has proceeded smoothly.

Inspired by the Roman heritage, an amphitheatre surrounds the top play area, this includes a power supply so that the space can be used as an event zone when the splash park is not in use. The glow domes and lights also mean that opportunities are endless for a variety of evening uses.

We are very excited to see the finished article, with the grand  opening scheduled for May.

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.

All Change in the Workshop!

Currently our workshops in Crewkerne are in a state of upheaval. All the machines are being moved and a new overhead gantry crane is being installed to facilitate moving larger pieces of steel and completed fabrications. The steel racks and storage areas are being re-sited to make more room and division walls being erected to properly segregate the woodworking areas and metal working areas. During the autumn the lighting, heating and local exhaust ventilation were all upgraded to improve the working environment in the buildings.

Through all the disruption the fabricators are busy trying to finish off projects for customers.

Figure 1 – This is an example of two trash screens fabricated in our workshop

Our workshops make all sorts of galvanised mild steel items, from debris screens to bridges, as well as bespoke stainless-steel fabrications such as equipment housings and flood gates.

Figure 2 – Wooden bridge fabricated in our workshop in Crewkerne

The woodworkers are always busy with jetties and bridges as well as preparing intricate pieces of form work to support the site teams.

Figure 3 Proprietary parts awaiting assembly for radar tubes

The intention is that after this refurbishment the workshops will be able to extend the scope of their activities and produce more finished fabrications for our customers.



Christmas Jumper Day

All our staff are being encouraged to wear their Christmas jumpers on Friday 15th December and to take part in the activities that we will be hosting on that day to raise money for Save the Children. This includes both office and site staff.

If you wish to get involved, you can take part by donating £2 per person, or you can text TEAMSTONBURY to 70050 donate £5.

If any clients wish to get involved, we would love to see your Christmas jumpers. Send a photo of your workforce to cd@kingcombe.com, or you can tweet us @KingcombeAqua. For every photo, we receive – we will donate £5 to Save the Children on your behalf.

By donating to Save the Children on Friday 15th December, you are helping to ensure all children worldwide will have access to essentials. This will include healthcare, education, protect, food and water.

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.

Brentford CRT Hangar on the Grand Union Canal – London

Lots of notifications regarding Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) this month.

“Gordon” the Kingcombe Aquacare weed harvester, was directed to the Brentford area to clear up large infestations of the problematic weed.

This non-native invasive species originally from North America, has spread across the UK since the 1980s and has the potential to grow a staggering 20cm per day.

Non-native invasive species, are considered the second greatest threat to native wildlife and they cost the UK economy as a whole up to £1.7 billion a year.

By stopping the spread at an early stage, it is much more cost effective than attempting to control species once it has become established.

The Aquatractor with its moving bed and side cutters, takes no time to cut and remove the Floating Pennywort and place it in the waiting hopper barges.

Once the bulk has been removed, we would recommend careful hand removal of fragments,  followed up with a herbicide application where necessary.

To find out more about this invasive weed and others why not take a look at the Plant Tracker App. Click here to download here

Borehole Refurbishment

We have recently been tasked with carrying out refurbishments and upgrade works to a number of borehole head works.

A borehole is a narrow shaft drilled into the ground, vertically or at an angle for a number of purposes such as water extraction, gas or petroleum extraction, mineral exploration, site assessment, geotechnical investigation, groundwater monitoring and a number of other purposes. The borehole may be a few meters or hundreds of meters deep. Typically the hole is drilled into an aquifer and then lined with a solid pipe over part of its depth and then a mesh screen or filter pipe to support the bore and keep the hole open through fissured rock, sands or gravel.

The head works can take various forms, from simply a steel pipe protruding from the ground, to a walk in kiosk set on a concrete base. Most commonly, monitoring boreholes tend to be accessed via a shallow chamber with a removable access cover.

Typical borehole headworks arrangement
Above ground steel pipe head work with cover removed. Not shown is the actual borehole tube which is inside. This arrangement protects the borehole tube from surface water flooding. This borehole is also under pressure – known as an “Artesian” well.

Artesian boreholes occur when the aquifer in to which they are drilled is under pressure. This is usually due to the confinement of the aquifer beneath an impermeable layer which is at a lower level than the hydrostatic equilibrium of the aquifer as a whole.

Artesian borehole with valve fitted. If the valve were opened water would issue vertically under pressure. A pressure gauge can be fitted to the valve and the recorded pressure indicates the true level of the groundwater.
Manual measurement using a level tape

Aquifers can occur at any depth but for monitoring purposes in the UK boreholes are commonly drilled to depths of 10m – 90m. One of the deepest boreholes ever drilled is the Kola Superdeep in Russia. This borehole was drilled in the 1970”s by the Soviet Union as part of a scientific experiment and achieved a depth of 12,262m – that’s over seven and a half miles!

The boreholes we help to maintain are used by our client to monitor groundwater levels. Groundwater level data is an important aid for flood forecasting as the more water that is in the ground, the less rain water can be absorbed. High groundwater levels can also mean high river levels and therefore less drainage capacity. It is also useful to know when groundwater levels are low, as this can often indicate the possibility of an impending water shortage.

The groundwater level has traditionally been measured by lowering a weighted tape measure with two electrodes in the bottom of the weight down the borehole tube. When the weight touches the water, the circuit is completed and a buzzer on the tape reel sounds. The depth is measured against a fixed datum point.

Many boreholes now are fitted with telemetry systems which enable the groundwater levels to be monitored remotely and consistently, with a reduced requirement for manned site attendance.

We are often tasked with the modification of existing borehole head works to enable the installation of automated measuring and telemetry systems.

In ground headworks replaced with purpose made cabinet. This arrangement enables the groundwater to be monitored both remotely and constantly through telemetry

The picture shows the cabinet mounted over the top of the headworks, an adjacent earthing point with a copper pin driven into the ground, and four marker posts to locate the installation in the verge. On the back of the cabinet is a solar panel to power the data logger and telemetry equipment.

Business As Usual

We are pleased to announce that Kingcombe Aquacare has joined the Stonbury (Holdings) Ltd, group of companies based near Bedford.

All at Kingcombe are excited by the news and look forward to exploring the possibilities that this new opportunity gives us. For our customers it remains business as usual. We will carry on with our work as before and you will deal with the same members of staff, but confident in the knowledge that we now have Stonbury’s expertise and backing to draw on as well.

To find out more about Stonbury please visit their website.

Kingcombe Aquacare – Cancer Research UK Relay for Life

Over the past few months a team from Kingcombe have been raising money in aid of Cancer Research UK. Not only have we raised money by holding fundraising events such as raffles and a pub Olympics, but on the 22nd July, the team took part in the ‘Relay for Life’ in Crewkerne.

This involved John, Theresa, Scott, Kevin, Becky, Kimberley, Rosenn, Nick, Mike and Graham, along with support from our family and friends, to set up camp and take turns to walk round a track for an epic 24 hours!

Throughout the event there were themed slots which involved the team dressing up in funny outfits. These included Glam Rock, Onesies, Glow in the Dark, Masquerade, Superheroes & Princesses and a Miss Relay section for men only where Nick, Kevin and Scott got their glad rags on and strutted around the track!

We have nearly raised our goal of an amazing £2,000. This will support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into preventing, controlling and curing all cancers. Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated and any donation will make a real difference!

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past few months. All of the companies who have supplied us with gifts for our raffles, people who have donated and our friends & family.

If you would like to donate to our Cancer Research UK fundraising page please follow the link  http://relay.cancerresearchuk.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/General?team_id=10742&pg=team&fr_id=1714