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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

Repeat Business

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!

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Aerator at the Barbican Centre

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.

To view our range of services please visit http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/

Winter Colour

This picture of the Severn Acre lake at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley shows what can be achieved when skilled and knowledgeable gardeners decide to create some winter colour next to a lake.

We first worked on the Seven Acre lake nearly twenty years ago, we cleaned it out, installed some revetment and put in a bentonite cut off trench to help maintain summer water levels. We also built a cascade and pump system all in the wettest autumn for years.

Last year we were asked to build a retaining wall around part of the lake to support the bank, and then the RHS staff took over with the planting, with the spectacular results in the photograph.

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Job Opportunity in our Maintenance Division

We are a National Company based in Somerset, specialising in the Construction and Management of Water for Landscapes, Fisheries, Leisure and Conservation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our

Maintenance Division

To carry out regular maintenance tasks for a wide range of water features on both commercial and private properties. The work is likely to include operating specialist machinery, weed cutting and control, herbicide application, seine netting, electro-fishing, fish transportation, planting, bank revetment and maintenance, liner installation and repairs as well as larger construction projects.

To be considered for the role you will have the following skills:

  • Relevant grounds or water maintenance experience a distinct advantage.
  • Hold a current CSCS card and relevant training certificates.
  • Able to establish good working relationships with clients, agents & sub-contractors.
  • Hold a clean driving licence and must be willing to travel nationally.

Benefits for this role include a competitive salary & working away allowances.

This position is based in Bristol.

For an application form call Kelly Eglon 01460 279200

Closing date:  24th February 2017

Kingcombe Aquacare Limited

An Equal Opportunities Employer

An ISO Quality 9001, ISO Environmental 14001, OHSAS 18001 Accredited Company

Tel: 01460 279200

Work in Progress

2017 has got off to a good start with projects underway around the country.

We are working in East Sussex on a splashpad as part of a leisure park development. The site is at Camber Sands near Rye, and is a new feature being installed as part of the redevelopment of the holiday park. So far we have experienced torrential rain and freezing temperatures but the project is moving on. One of the quirks of working on sites like these is that the client provides the accommodation and the site teams end up staying in the park mobile homes. Whilst these are great for family holidays in the summer months I am told they get a bit chilly when the temperature outside is minus 5 degrees C.

At the other end of the country we are working on a very similar scheme at Stibb near Bude in Cornwall. Another splashpad development on a holiday park but here we are working very closely with the Main Contractor who is building the control and plant room next to the splashpad.

These projects are running to strict timescales to allow the work on the surrounding areas to be finished before the parks reopen and take holiday bookings.

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In complete contrast we have just started building a 6m deep pumping station and associated valve chamber with ancillary works on a sewage works for Wessex Water. The site is about 10 miles from our offices, so gets lots of visits from everyone. It also means that everyone gets home at night.

We are also involved in work for a government agency along the sides of the River Severn within site of the Severn Bridge. This must rate as one of the most bleak and cold places in the South of England. When the wind is blowing up the estuary bringing rain from the Atlantic it is not a pleasant place to be.

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Handrail fabricated in our workshop

The winter maintenance of the weedcutting boats is underway and fabrication of platforms, structures and stairways is keeping the workshops gainfully employed.

Despite the cold and recently wet weather everyone is cheerful and looking forward to the advent of spring, longer days and hopefully better conditions to work in.

To see the wide range of services we offer please visit http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/

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.

As Good As New!

Kingcombe have been busy over the past 6 months de-silting in various locations over the South West including a project near Dorchester.

Working with the Environment Agency, we carefully reinstated a section of River back to its original condition.

Before the works started, an ecologist surveyed the area which determined when the work could take place and agreed the working methods.

A pre-start meeting took place to agree access, parking and emergency procedures.

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Prior to starting, a detailed site specific inspection, environmental and site risk assessment and methodology were completed.

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Using a hydraulic excavator and a dumper, the silt and vegetation was removed from the river to a stockpile for later disposal.

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And it doesn’t stop there for 2016! This month, one of our site teams will be busy right up to Christmas de-silting a private lake near Warminster.

De-silting has been one of Kingcombe’s core activates for nearly 30 years and it gives us great pleasure to return a lake/pond/river or reservoir back to its original beauty.

Please contact us if you require further information on de-silting.

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.

A Wet Night in Torquay

We have been busy with the Environment Agency in the last few weeks with additional call outs on top of our weekly maintenance visits to the Torbay area.

The majority of the work is preventative vegetation management. To increase flow and reducing blockages in water courses.

However all the leaves which gave us such a beautiful autumn have now fallen and coupled with torrential rain last week meant we were out during the night clearing blockages.

Our on-call teams were able attend site at short notice to prevent a serious rainfall event turning into flooding problems.

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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!)