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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

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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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

 

1987-2017

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.

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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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European Water Play Park Projects

As Sole European Distributors of Water Odyssey (the USA’s leading water play company) we are able to offer hundreds of high quality super soaking water play products to companies across the whole of Europe. Offering our services as supply only or complete installation to Landscape Architects, Leisure Facilities, Local Authorities and Theme Park Attractions, the possibilities for interactive water play projects is endless.
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We are currently working with ‘Boer Slides & Disco’ based in the Netherlands, on expanding their product range into the splashpad market. They also specialise in water play, specifically large water park slides.

 

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An exciting complex splashpad installation using a mixture of our product ranges (Water Odyssey and UK Manufactured EcoSplash) is currently taking place in Diest, Belgium. The products include a range of In-Ground Jets, Tipping Buckets and Crystal Dome features.

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We are heading out to Belgium to assist in the testing and commissioning mid March and we look forward to working closely with Boer Slides and Disco.

Milestones

We are now beginning to look ahead to May 2017, when Kingcombe will be celebrating 30 years of continuous service to the environment. How to celebrate?

There have been some notable milestones along that road.

It seems a lifetime ago that we took on our first Youth Training Scheme employee. It was such a huge decision at the time to take on the responsibility of actually employing someone. Now we are fortunate to employ over 40 members of staff, all specialists in their own right, some of whom have been with the company for over 25 years. It means that we can rely upon their experience and their own personal integrity to get the job done, with the care and attention to detail which has become the recognised standard for all of our clients.

This has been recognised by various important milestone events, not least our recognition in 2000 as Investors in People, and our subsequent accreditation with ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001, as well as CE accreditation for our fabrication shop.

The range of work that we now undertake has also grown way beyond our original expectations. Not only do we still use our core skills to build and restore lakes, repair river banks, install flood alleviation schemes, and maintain business parks. We also apply those same skills to creating natural swimming ponds, building ponds on roofs, installing green energy water turbines and constructing water play parks. Whilst water continues to form the spine of the business,  it is surprising how many different workstreams have grown from that one theme over the last 30 years.

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Modern weed cutting using a weed boat as opposed to the traditional weed cut (above)

Probably the biggest influence on the way the business has developed has been the growth of the internet and IT generally. In 1987 we were right at the beginning of this business revolution, investing – would you believe – over £1,500 on our first mobile phone, and creating one of the earliest websites in our or any industry. We have continued to remain at the cutting edge to this day, combining traditional values with modern technology to provide our clients with the best possible service that we can.

So the question remains, how do we celebrate our pending 30 year milestone? 10 years ago we partied hard, dined on water cress soup, water buffalo casserole and Mississipi mud pie, and danced into the early hours in our wellies.

Any ideas on how we should celebrate 30 years? Answers on a postcard please (electronic of course!)

Made to Measure

We have recently completed a number of projects where the main features of the works have been fabricated in our own workshops. We are CE accredited to Level 3 (EN1090) and produce a wide range of made to measure products including bridges, jetties, flood gates, trash screens, sluice gates and bespoke one-off fabrications – using a variety of materials such as steel, timber and plastics.

The pictures show works in Devon including replacement trash screens at two sites and a fabricated mild steel footbridge with a composite deck and stainless handrails.

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All three structures were upgrades and improvements on what was installed previously. All our fabrications are bespoke and made to suit the particular location. The first activity is always a careful survey of the site to ensure we have the correct dimensions. This must be done to ensure that when the finished structure arrives on site the measurements are perfect and it fits first time.

Trash screens are installed in flood channels to remove large pieces of debris from the water course before it flows through a pipe or culvert.  The screen reduces the risk of debris causing blockages in the culvert and subsequent flooding. We also undertake maintenance contracts with several clients to ensure that these screens are regularly cleaned and maintained so that they are ready to take any storm flows, and are not covered over with a fly-tipped mattress or garden waste.

To see more about the fabrications we do, please visit http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/fabrications-2/steel-fabrications/

Kingcombe creates a new Blue Lagoon

Kingcombe has just completed the construction of another new lake, this time for a private client in Oxfordshire.

With approximately 3,000m2 surface area, the lake has been designed to create a conservation feature between the house and the woodlands below, acting as an environmentally beneficial interface between the domestic gardens and the wider landscape. Working with the Landscape Architect, Guy Thornton, we have been able to redefine the contours to create an aesthetically pleasing land form whilst remaining true to the historic character of the landscape.

Dug primarily into chalk, the lake has been lined with a 1.1mm Firestone EPDM waterproof membrane, sandwiched between two layers of 250gm geotextile and then surcharged with 200mm depth of the chalk substrate. Water supply is from a borehole delivering out of the chalk aquifer below. This combination has created the special circumstances for the unusually blue/green hue to the fresh water, which will be subdued just as soon as an organic layer builds up on the bed of the lake.

Water quality will be maintained by recirculating the water over a 25m stone cascade/stream flowing down over the hillside, which will introduce greater levels of dissolved oxygen. The banks have all been seeded with a wildflower mix, with additional aquatic marginals due to be planted in the Spring of 2017.

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Lining the lake with a 1.1mm Firestone EPDM waterproof membrane
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Work in progress
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The finished Blue Lagoon
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Site Manager, Grzegorz, sitting by the new stone cascade

To find out more, follow on to our ‘Lake Construction’ page http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/reservoirs-and-lakes/lake-construction/

Not just Olympians win Gold!

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a great landmark event in the horticultural calendar. Whilst Chelsea is open to the public for only 1 week in May, the designing and planning is going on now. Activities reach their peak in the build week before the show with teams working from early morning until late into the evening to get their projects looking perfect.
In 2016 Kingcombe Aquacare provided support to Hillier Nurseries to help win their 71st consecutive Gold medal for their garden “Spring Time”, designed by Sarah Eberle. The water feature provided a dramatic back drop for the fabulous planting scheme on the stand in the Great Pavilion.

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We also worked with Sarah on her own “Mekong Garden” for her sponsors Viking Cruises which also won a Gold Medal and was voted “Best Artisan Garden”

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So with two Golds for 2016 we are looking forward to working with Sarah and Hilliers again, and are also talking to another major sponsor on Central Avenue about their water features for the 2017 event.

 

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Paul and Ben fitting pumps and filtration systems to Sarah Eberle’s “Mekong Garden” and Hillier’s “Spring Time”.