Large bodies of water are simply so attractive that their design
is always a pleasure. The scale of the large pond or lake that is being mooted must reflect the scale of its setting if its potential
to delight is to be achieved. There is little point (wildlife benefit aside) putting a one acre "puddle" in the middle of a thirty
acre field - it will look lost and be rarely visited by those walking in the grounds. The same one acre large pond in a four or
five acre garden will, on the other hand, become the focal point of the garden and an attraction for all.
The design principles that apply, in general, to good landscape
design also apply to lake design. The finished lake must sit appropriately in, and enhance, the landscape. In order to achieve
this particular bit of magic, it is almost a certainty that some considerable landscaping works in the surrounding areas will be
required as well as the addition of plantings and possibly some features in the adjacent landscape - see boathouses, islands, jetties and so on in the "Our Services" pages.
The construction of a lake or large pond (whether natural or
lined) may require that planning consent is granted by the local authority and will, possibly, involve input from the Environment Agency. From an engineering and aquatic ecosystem point of view, the
demands of large pond and lake design are similar to but perhaps more muscular than those required by the creation of a smaller feature.
Lakes and large ponds
- design and build
We make an initial site visit and provide quotations without charge within our
design-and-build area of operation (Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire). If you have a project in mind, please do not hesitate to
contact us to discuss your requirements. We are always delighted to make our design service available to those who are choosing a DIY approach to
their project as well as those who want to employ a local contractor.
Our large pond and lake design service is also available to garden designers, landscape architects and landscapers.
Lake design commissions
Whatever type or
style of lake or pond you are contemplating commissioning, draw on our experience to inform your project. Our design service encompasses the full panoply of design related matters for you, your garden designer or your contractor.
Our service is available to advise on, and specify for, construction, repair and restoration, maintenance and planting in lakes, large ponds and water gardens.
Large pond and Lake design
Large pond and lake design-and-build
over forty years we have designed and built water features in the gardens and grounds of private clients
in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. Within our normal area of operation, we make an initial site visit and provide firm
quotations without charge.
After our free initial site visit and appraisal of the project, an
agreed fee may be charged for the design element of the proposed
design-and-build works. The fee scale and indeed whether there is a
fee at all, depends on the complexity and nature of the scheme.
Design-only commissions are undertaken for a set
and agreed fee for both the initial site visit and (after appraisal of the proposed works) for subsequent designs and site visits. We are happy to have as
much, or as little, involvement as you desire as the project progresses.