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.
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.