Natural pond construction, Hampshire.

The owners of this property wanted a pond for swimming as well as ecological diversity, with an outdoor office overhanging the water as a relaxing place to work from.

Natural pond construction, Hampshire
The site for this pond was flat and open and rather featureless. An ideal location for a large pond.

The site for this pond was flat and open and rather featureless. An ideal location for a large pond.

One stipulation was that the client wanted to swim in the pond but didn’t want the complexity and expense of a pumped natural swimming pond.

To this end we built it deeper than we normally would, and expanded the marginal planting beds to accommodate a larger area of aquatic plants, which help keep the water clear.

The pond has been a great success and to prove the strength of the liner one of the owners horses went for a swim shortly after completion.

Follow this link for an explanation of building a natural pond.

The images below show how we completed the brief 
(click on expanded image for slideshow)

Natural pond construction, Hampshire
Pond site prior to construction
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
Pond excavated prior to installation of butyl liner.
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
Pond with butyl liner during fitting.
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
Even though we started and finished the work in November we decided to sow grass seed in case we could give the landscaping a head start.
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
This is the pond in December of the same year.
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
…and a few months later in early Spring.
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
A summerhouse was installed, overhanging the water. The maximum depth is 2.5 metres and the office deck makes a perfect diving platform.
Natural pond construction, Hampshire
There is a gate in the railing to allow for diving.