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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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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