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Lakes & Ponds

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W.J.Hatt Limited has been undertaking pond construction and lake construction in conjunction with their renovation of both since 1937. Over the years we have accumulated three generations of experience, creating long lasting water features and wildlife habitats constructed to suit their surroundings.

We offer a complete design and build service for our ponds and lakes, and can obtain any necessary consent from the environmental agency, as well as ensuring that local planning requirements are met where required.

Whilst much of the work we carry out is on large estates for conservation and wildlife needs, we have also constructed and renovated a huge variety of projects for Local Authorities and private clients alike. Our works include the construction of ponds and lakes into clay or the water table; as well as using impermeable butyl liners or puddled clay.

Butyl lined ponds - Example One

Butyl lined pond (2004) #1

Butyl lined pond (2004) #2

Traditionally shaped oval, kidney, or tear drop ponds blend easily into their surroundings and can be tailored to suit the desires of our clients.

Butyl lined ponds - Example Two

Wildlife pond (2007) #1

Wildlife pond (2007) #2

Wildlife pond (2007) #3

Wildlife pond (2007) #4

We construct our ponds and lakes in such a way that the butyl liner is 'shelfed' into the banks. With this method of construction no liner is ever seen above the waterline.

Butyl lined lakes

Butyl lined lake (2008) #1

Butyl lined lake (2008) #2

Butyl lined lake (2008) #3

Butyl lined lake (2008) #4

Butyl lined lake (2008) #5

Butyl lined lake (2012) #6

Lake construction is very similar to that of ponds, although their increased size often requires that they are moulded to fit their surroundings, rather than the other way around.

This lake is also featured in the Piers and Jetties section of the Water Features page.

Formal brick ponds

Brick pond (2007)

In more formal surroundings vertical sided brick capped ponds fit in much better than the more traditional earth sided version.

We can also install butyl liners to repair old brick ponds that used to leak, such as the one in this photo.

Repairing leaking Waterways

Sheet piling burst banks (2013) #1

Sheet piling burst banks (2013) #2

Sheet piling burst banks (2013) #3

Sheet piling burst banks (2013) #4

Leaking waterways can be quickly repaired with the use of sheet piles whilst the leak is still in progress. Both the size and length of piles can be altered depending on their requirements. Sheet piling also allows for a great deal of flexibility in the shape and strength of the final construction.

Sluice gate construction

Traditional oak board sluice gate (2012) #1

Traditional oak board sluice gate (2012) #2

Traditional oak board sluice gate (2012) #3

Sluice gates provide a control method for the in and outflow of water from lakes and ponds such that water levels can be easily dictated regardless of rainfall. Green oak boards quickly swell to form watertight seals and can be cut to any width, such that the finished level of ponds and lakes can be set exactly as desired.

Further Information

Jack Hatt, who founded the company, was a passionate angler from which his love of waterways originated. The passion has carried on down the generation of Hatts leaving Oxfordshire and Berkshire with a huge range of ponds, lakes, streams, rivulets, cascades, and waterfalls ranging from more modern angular constructions to rustic nature reserves. The company operates a unique way of constructing ponds and lakes using butyl liners where the liner itself is not visible, whilst also providing a planting shelf that goes right down into the water.

When any waterway stops holding, the problem becomes exponentially worse as the leaking water enlarges and washes away the hole further and a vicious circle begins. Using piles of the correct length and size, these can be quickly stopped. Should it be desired the piles can also be hidden under soil so that the repair appears completely natural. Piling also provides a relatively straight forward method of introducing almost any size of traditional oak board sluice gates back into a water system.

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