Ponds, Lakes & Water Gardens

working with water in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire since 1980

Large pond & Lake design

We design large ponds and lakes in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.  

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.

Broad leaf pond weed on the surface of a lake


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 additional features and plantings in the adjacent landscape. (See boathouses, islands, jetties etc in related "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.
(See on-stream and off-stream ponds)

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.

Our large pond and lake design and consultancy services are available nationwide.

Design and build
Lakes and large ponds

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.

Design fees - see right hand column of this page.

Design fees
In Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire:
Large pond and Lake design
Large pond and Lake design-and-build

For over 30 years we have designed and built water features in the gardens and grounds of private clients in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. Within most of this area, our normal area of operation, we make an initial site visit and provide firm quotations without charge (subject to distance).

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.

Our design and build service guarantees that any design fee charged is reimbursed in full should we be contracted to undertake the works.
Design-only commissions
Design consultancy

Design-only commissions and design consultancies 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.