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.
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.
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.
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.
Feast your eyes on this fantastic new video showcasing some examples of BIOTOP natural swimming pool and pond projects in the UK. If you are considering a natural pool you must watch this as it gives you an honest owners view of each type of pool we build.
You will see there are different styles of pool in the video which demonstrates the versatility of the BIOTOP system and shows you how it can be tailored to suit your location and ‘must have’ requirements.
Kingcombe Aquacare are UK BIOTOP partners so if you are considering a new build, conversion or renovation project we can help. The market leading natural pool filtration has been developed in Austria and refined over the last 30 years. The result is a robust system that is easy to maintain – something crucial for long term success of your natural pool.
There is much to consider when planning your project so we would welcome the chance to talk through your ideas. Our office number is 01460 279 200, please ask for Ben Garner.
If you are based in or around London you could visit the Kings Cross Pond Club, a public swimming pond and art installation we helped to engineer and build using BIOTOP filtration. It is currently the only public natural swimming pool in the UK and it offers a unique opportunity to swim in clean, naturally filtered water in the heart of London.
If you are looking for a holiday venue with something unique to offer then we recommend you consider Netherton Farm near Kingsbridge in Devon – it has a natural swimming pond!
We recently converted the pool there from a traditional chlorine treated system to a naturally filtered BIOTOP swimming pond. The pond is partially heated to take the chill off and is open for use between May and September. Sally and Laura who own and run Netherton Farm wanted to get away from the constant reliance on chemicals to keep the pool clean and opted for a naturally filtered system to let nature help do the work.
The natural pool is full of life and it is possible to see amphibians hiding in the planted regeneration zone while dragonflies dart around over the water. There is always something interesting to see as you would expect with a living biological system. Swimming in a natural swimming pond is a unique experience and perfect for those who want an alternative to swimming in chemically treated water.
Sally and Laura are the most welcoming hosts so if you are looking to get away and fancy swimming with nature you should give Netherton Farm a try.
VISIT NETHERTON FARM WEBSITE
For more information on converting your pool to a natural pool visit our web page HERE
Public Natural Swimming Pools – Kings Cross, London
THE ASSIGNMENT: Creation of the UK’s First Public Natural Swimming Pool
As part of the 60-acre redevelopment of Kings Cross the property developers, Argent, were obliged to provide public realm art work to satisfy their planning obligations. The last of these was entitled ‘Of Soil and Water’ and was designed by Dutch Architects, Ooze and Slovenian artist Marjetica PotrČ. The rationale behind their concept was to create an urban oasis right in the heart of the building site.
Everyone at Kingcombe Aquacare is delighted to have been involved with the creation of the UK’s first public natural swimming pond, at King’s Cross in London, which is due to open soon as a piece of Land Art. The project has been getting a lot of media attention.
Will you be attending the SGD show this year?
We have just returned from the Biotop natural swiming pool international partner meeting in Vienna. Another year of innovation means Kingcombe Aquacare still offer the market leading brand of chemical free swimming pools.