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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

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.

Eels – an Uphill Struggle

We have been busy lately helping the European Eel fulfill its migratory desires!

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The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is a species of Eel, a snake like, catadromous fish. They can reach a length of 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) in exceptional cases, but are normally around 60–80 cm (2.0–2.6 ft), and rarely reach more than 1 m (3 ft 3 in).

There are still elements of the life cycle of the eel which area mystery but the bits we do understand are fascinating.

Unlike many other migrating fish, eels begin their life cycle in the ocean and spend most of their lives in fresh water, returning to the ocean to spawn and then die. In the early 1900s, Danish researcher Johannes Schmidt identified the Sargasso Sea as the most likely spawning grounds for European eels. The larvae (leptocephali) drift towards Europe in a 300-day migration. When approaching the European coast, the larvae metamorphose into a transparent larval stage called “glass eel”, enter estuaries, and start migrating upstream. After entering fresh water, the glass eels metamorphose into elvers, miniature versions of the adult eels. As the eel grows, it becomes known as a “yellow eel” due to the brownish-yellow colour of their sides and belly. After 5–20 years in fresh water, the eels become sexually mature, their eyes grow larger, their flanks become silver, and their bellies white in colour. In this stage, the eels are known as “silver eels”, and they begin their migration back to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.

The European eel is currently classified as ‘Critically Endangered’. Overall numbers have significantly declined over the last 25-30 years and the reasons for this are suggested as being a combination of habitat loss, barriers to migration, parasites, pollution, over-fishing and climate change affecting oceanic currents.

The barrier to migration problem is one area that can be improved and Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd have been working closely with the Environment Agency to improve things for the humble eel. We design and fabricate effective eel pass systems to suit a wide range of conditions and our skilled site teams have been carrying out installations at many locations in the South of the UK.

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Cassette type Eel Pass system with fish pass baffles. Eel pass solutions are designed and fabricated by us in our CE accredited workshops…
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… and fitted in some difficult locations!
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Cassette type Eel Pass system on the weir of a gauging station. Cassette type systems offer ease of maintenance and can be fitted with cameras.

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”.

 

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Job Vacancy – Estimator (Full Time)

Job Vacancy – ESTIMATOR (full time)

We are looking for a talented and motivated person to join our team. Kingcombe Aquacare is recognised as the UK’s leading specialist in water management and we have been designing, building and maintaining waterscapes for 30 years. Our portfolio is diverse with projects including the restoration and creation of iconic landscape water features, creation of water play parks, natural swimming pools, river restoration, and business park water feature maintenance. We also operate a thriving consultancy division that focuses on providing technical design assistance for all types of water features.

We are currently engaged in a planned expansion programme and this new vacancy has been created to cope with the increased workload. Many of our projects are design and build so the ideal candidate will have a civil engineering background, an ability to estimate accurately and experience with using AutoCad design software (however training will be offered to the right person if required).

You will be office based at our Crewkerne headquarters and normal working hours will be 0800-1700.

Your day to day work activities are likely to include;

  • Production of cost estimates (variable and fixed costs), sourcing material prices, assessing risk and producing tender prices under normal forms of contract.
  • Use of Valesco estimating software, CS Project, MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OnePage CRM (training will be given if required).
  • Assistance with preparation and delivery of company presentations and marketing material.
  • Designing, specifying, pricing and sourcing materials for fabrications.
  • Assisting with the collation and preparation of tender and contract documents, including establishing a good working relationship with potential and existing Clients, as directed by the Company. Advising the Directors on contract conditions. Meeting tender deadlines.
  • Recording progress and other project related activities on our CRM system in real time when appropriate.
  • Attending handover meetings providing the Operations Manager with resource sheets and information on jobs won.

You will need to be able to;

  • Manage your own workload to deliver compliant bids on time.
  • Work individually or as a member of a team in any of the tasks outlined.
  • Aim for personal excellence at all times.
  • Be a good listener and interpret information given by internal and external colleagues.

If you are interested in learning more about this role please contact Kelly Eglon ke@kingcombe.com for a full job description.

Thank you for your interest.

Salam Park, Riyadh - Kingcombe Aquacare consultancy work

Kingcombe Aquacare to exhibit at Wod-Kan Fair 2015

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.

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Major international success for Kingcombe Aquacare water features

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.

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