An example of success achieved by good design, strong partnership working and experienced installation teams.
We have recently completed another eel pass and fish baffle installation for the Environment Agency, this time in Frampton Cotterell, on the Bristol Frome in Gloucestershire.
Working very closely with the Environment Agency project manager, Gareth Varney, and Fisheries Officer Jody Armitage, we installed one of our jointly designed cassette type eel and elver pass systems on an existing weir, to help improve eel migration. The recycled plastic fish baffles were installed on the concrete weir face to improve the ease of passage for trout and coarse fish. Both systems were designed to minimise the impact on flow measurement accuracy of the weir and on flood warning capability.
Water level was higher than expected so conditions were challenging but not insurmountable. Our site team were able to manage the water effectively by deploying sand bags and flow deflectors to divert it away from the works area. This facilitated the installation of fish baffles and the eel pass, while maintaining constant water flow downstream.
Our work was completed safely, on time and to budget. Gareth Varney, Environment Agency Hydrometry & Telemetry Programme Manager commented;
“We are delighted with the new eel pass installed by the Kingcombe team. They were able to complete the installation under challenging conditions but despite this the end product is perfect. It has not compromised the operation of our existing weir and has hopefully improved migration of fish further up the Frome catchment and should be another positive step in the right direction in the battle to reverse the decline in the European Eel population”
Yesterday was John Colton’s birthday. We’re not going to mention how young he is but you can rest assured he is now officially ‘experienced’!
We celebrated with traditional lunchtime tea and cake. John has a love of fine food so he was over the moon with his cheese board and cheese selection from the office staff. With the celebrations over he’s back in the office today, working hard on a water feature design.
Please note that from now on John will only be undertaking site visits that fall within a short walk of a bus stop! Of course we’re joking and happy to announce that he is still keeping very busy travelling the country advising land owners and designers on a range of water related projects.
Happy Birthday John, with best wishes from all staff here at Kingcombe.
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.
Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd were engaged to fabricate and install a weed rack as part of the Environment Agency’s Water Level Management Plan at Bodenham, near Salisbury. The rack was made to EA specifications in our workshop at Crewkerne. The process included full assembly in our yard (pictured above) to check for accuracy. The structure was then sent away to be galvanised to the required standard. It was delivered to site in kit form and installed into the river.
As leading international consultants in the specialist sphere of environmental water management, Kingcombe Aquacare are looking forward to exhibiting at the Wod-Kan Fair in Poland from Tuesday 26, May to Thursday, 28 May. Please click through to see more details in English and Polish.
The title of Best Retail and Leisure Park 2013 has been won by Puerto Venecia Zaragoza, the Spanish shopping village where Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd worked on the water features.
Three projects in Saudi Arabia involving Kingcombe Aquacare, including a surprise garden.