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Kings Cross Pond Club – Gone but not forgotten!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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/

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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.

Rycote Park after restoration by Kingcombe Aquacare

Landscape Restoration at historic Rycote Park

Rycote Park was the site of an Elizabethan royal palace, and the main house still incorporates part of that original building. The extensive grounds include a lake of almost 5 hectares, part of which dates back to Elizabethan times but which was considerably enlarged and landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Very little work had been done to the lake since that time. By 2000 it was heavily silted up, with only 0.5m depth of water over most of its surface area, and seriously encroached by alders, willows and marginal vegetation around the greater length of its banks.

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Planting and gravel filter

Kingcombe Aquacare have finished building a pond for an East London rooftop

The pond holds 225,000 litres of water and is situated on a podium on the roof of a block of mixed commercial and residential flats. It was built to encourage biodiversity, harvest rainwater and improve the landscape.

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