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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com for a full job description.
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.
Foxcote Estate has been restored over recent years to become one of the foremost shooting properties in the UK. Kingcombe Aquacare has been closely involved in this project, having already cleaned out and restored three large and historic lakes on the estate.