Ponds, Lakes & Water Gardens

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

Lined pond construction
Lined lake construction

To state the obvious: retaining water where it does not naturally sit requires a waterproof membrane of some description.

There are three main groups of materials used to keep water in artificial ponds, lakes and water features, namely: natural products, e.g. clay; sheet materials, e.g. butyl pond liner; built materials, e.g. sealed concrete and fibreglass. The choice of which type to use is dictated by the parameters of the design allied to the visual appeal of the completed scheme. It is always possible completely to disguise the material used for water retention.

Over the years, we have developed cost-effective methods of lined pond construction with all types of lining materials to create the required visual effect. For example, in 1990, in association with fabricators (Russetts Developments Ltd.) we pioneered the now widely-trumpeted and further advanced practice of creating and using fully tailored and shaped  liner; enabling us, for instance, to repair a decaying, but meritorious, concrete pond without significant changes to its original appearance. We continue to push at the boundaries.

Design and planting of lined ponds and lakes

When building a lined pond or lake the lining is, of course, only half the picture; a great deal of attention must be given to design aesthetics and planting whenever any sort of new pond build is contemplated - The lining of the pond or lake is only a means to an end.


Our opinion: Never build a pond, lake or water feature using cheap materials. Cheap pond liner, for instance, will not be long-lasting and will require replacing sooner rather than later. It is less expensive in the long run to spend a bit more at the beginning in order to save a lot more later on. Or, to put it another way: "Only the rich can afford to buy cheap shoes."