RHS Flower Show

Our maintenance team were in west London last week, manually cutting The Long Water at Hampton Court Palace in preparation for the RHS Flower Show. Nets were used to collect the free-floating filamentous algae (Cladophora), that often rises to the surface on sunny days. Whilst collecting the weed from the lake full of many different fish species, a pike took a liking to our net. The team checked the health of the fish, before returning it safely back into the lake. Throwback Thursday! In 2014, Ocean Spray commissioned Kingcombe to design, fabricate and install a bespoke floating cranberry display, for the Hampton Court Flower Show, to demonstrate to the public how the cranberry fruit is harvested. We fabricated a GRP cranberry flower, designed to an incredible 10m width in size and incorporating a removable panel for Adrienne Mollor, Ocean Spray farmer, to demonstrate and answer any questions on the harvesting process.

Wessex Water WaterAid Golf Day 2018

Kingcombe Stonbury were pleased to sponsor and attend this year’s B4L’s WaterAid Golf Day at Bowood Golf Course in Calne. Held on a dry spring day, with just enough wind to make the golf challenging, Kingcombe Site Supervisors Jordan Watts and Ben Dickenson were joined by two Wessex Water guests, proving a strong team by finishing just 4th from 17 competing groups. Well done to Jordan who also won the ‘Nearest the Pin’ competition! We are delighted to share the golf day raised a fantastic £11,731.00, making up a large portion of the Business4Life teams annual target of £45,000. Total funds from the golf day will go towards WaterAid projects in Madagascar, enough to change the lives of 391 people.

Bridge Fabrication

Our workshop teams have been busy fabricating a variety of bespoke products, ready for installation over the next few months. One project includes the manufacturing of two new steel and timber bridges. The bridges have been designed by our retained structural engineer and drawn up using Autocad. Once complete, the bridges will be situated in a private estate that our site teams are currently restoring after 30 years of neglect from previous owners. Working closely with our client, we have designed a lake restoration scheme to enhance the lake and the surrounding area, returning it back to its natural beauty. The first phase of the works comprised of desilting the lake and installing a soft timber revetment around the existing island. The second phase of the project involved the construction of a gabion basket wall to support the existing bank and a new outlet and overflow structure for the lake. Our craftsmen are currently in the process of preparing the timber cladding for the bridges, which will be assembled before delivery to the site location, ready to land on the prepared foundations during the construction phase and prior to refilling the lake and stocking with fish.

Invasive Species Awareness

Our maintenance teams have been busy over the last few months, looking after watercourses, lakes and canals across the country. Alongside daily works on the watercourses, our teams have also been delivering awareness and training sessions on invasive species to the public. Working closely with the Environment Agency and local businesses, our teams are specially trained and knowledgeable in the water environment. We held a recent session at Birmingham Business Park, talking to different members of the public, from park tenants to school groups, on sustainability and invasive and non-invasive species. Our sessions educate all ages on invasive species, from floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) and Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) which damage the environment, to plants such as giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), which can be dangerous when in contact with the sap.

Environment Agency Framework Award

Kingcombe Stonbury are delighted to be appointed framework contractor with the Environment Agency for the Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Operational Framework in the Central Region for Lot 1; Minor Civils Works, Lot 2b in the East Midlands and Lot 2c in the West Midlands for the provision of routine operational maintenance services. The FCRM Operational Framework will be managed from our South West base in Crewkerne, utilising our in-house fabrication facility, which will assist the delivery of Lot 1 works. Regional bases in both Derby and Bristol will support the delivery of the maintenance works, ensuring a good geographical spread of services and labour. Whilst the Minor Civils Works framework will cover the whole Central Hub, from Southend to the Humber and Stoke on Trent to the Severn Bridge and all points in between, with works commencing from April 2018. After 15 years working on various EA frameworks, we are delighted to be awarded the position of Primary Contractor on the above lots. Following the acquisition into the Stonbury Group in 2017, the award comes as a very positive development for Kingcombe Stonbury. From our existing experience and the new financial certainty and company infrastructure, we are confident in providing an excellent service to the Environment Agency over the next five years.

Working in Watercourses

As most 'In Channel' works are required to take place from May to October, our project teams are now beginning to look into works on watercourses. However, before any site works can begin, the proposed method requires approval through an environmental permit process. Kingcombe have extensive knowledge of temporary and permanent environmental permit considerations affecting design, build and commissioning across a wide variety of projects; both main river (Environment Agency Consent) including protected rivers such as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and ordinary watercourse (Local Authority and Internal Drainage Board).Working closely with our clients, we begin all our projects with a detailed project assessment covering all  clients’ needs and requirements, operational resources/requirements and environmental considerations; the latter including location, ecology and environmental obligations (regulated, industry practice and voluntary).This initial project assessment helps identify the requirement for environmental excluded works, exemptions, permits (standard or bespoke) or the use of regulatory position statements. This information is fed into our project design, and if required, can be used to provide our clients with additional options and project variations to improve the success (financial and operation) of the project.Kingcombe operates an Integrated Management System, covering Health and Safety, Quality and the Environment, and as part of this, the project assessment continues throughout the execution of all Kingcombe projects. This continuous monitoring and assessment enables projects to adapt to new and unexpected situations that may occur as the project progresses.As well as our skilled in-house team, we retain the services of a third party Environmental Consultancy for additional support as and when required. This improves our capacity to undertake works and adds additional integrity to our work via third-party assessment.