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W.J.Hatt Limited takes great pride in the construction of water features that are natural and simple. These can be installed either during the construction process of a lake or pond, or retrospectively upon completion. We have created waterfalls, cascades, fountains, piers, and jetties, and all in conjunction many more specific requests from clients.

We can also modify, install, or repair existing structures and features that are leaking water or have suffered damage as and where required.

We offer a complete design and consultancy service.

Waterfalls and Cascades

Cascade construction (2006) #1

Cascade construction (2006) #2

Cascade construction (2006) #3

Cascade construction (2006) #4

The previous four photos show the modification of a broken system of sluice gates and the final creation of a natural looking cascade.

Where streams or spring-fed ponds have a continuous supply, cascades and waterfalls can provide the sights and sounds of running water.

Pond with waterfall (2008)

Pump Fed Water Features

Pump fed cascade (2007)

Pump fed cascade (2010)

Where continuous water supplies are not available, the installation of pumps and underground pipework allows for water to be continuously circulated, creating the same effect as natural springs and streams.

Circulating water trough (2012) #1

Circulating water trough (2012) #2

Circulating water trough (2012) #3

Circulating water trough (2012) #4

These stone troughs each house their own pump and flow valve such that water volumes can be easily controlled depending on the quantity of water required. They are also fed by a hidden balance tank which ensures they always remain at the desired level.

Quartz Stone Feature Plans

Quartz Stone Feature #1

Quartz Stone Feature #2

Quartz Stone Feature #3

Quartz Stone Feature #4

Quartz Stone Feature #5

This quartz stone feature was mounted on a suspended concrete slab. The elliptical surround was created using shuttering and reinforced concrete as was the base for the feature which exactly mirrors the shape of the stones base. There are separate water feeds to both the top of the stone feature and the pool allowing for water to be distributed as desired. The hidden channel circulates the water back to an underground pumping chamber where it is then pumped back to the feature. The edges of the pond are clad in granite such that a wall of water continuously flows over the pools edge. Under water lights illuminate the stone at night, whist the whole system is controlled from a small remote.

Antique fountain (2012) #1

Antique fountain (2012) #2

Antique fountain (2012) #3

This antique stone fountain gains its waterproofing without using any visible liner or internal coatings so that the stone itself remains visible. The flow rates for the pump can be altered to suit requirements, and in this instance a threaded end to the out flow pipe allows for the addition of a various collection of different water dispersing nozzles. The balance tank to automatically control the water level is located underground nearby while the pump itself is hidden in a sump with a stone cover inside the fountain. We have had the privilege to construct a large number of different fountains many of which are lakes.

Piers and Jetties

Jetty construction (2007) #1

Jetty construction (2007) #2

Jetty construction (2007) #3

Jetty construction (2007) #4

The construction of piers and jetties adds hugely to the aesthetics of a pond or lake, as well as a chance to view and enjoy aquatic wildlife. Where their size excludes them as a possibility in smaller ponds, 'floating' stepping stones or narrow bridges can be installed.

Pier (2012) #1

Pier (2012) #2

The lake viewable in the two photos to the left is also featured in the Butyl lined lakes section of the Lakes and Ponds page.

Further Information

The company has always operated on a very practical level when it comes to constructing water features such as waterfalls or cascades. Though we can always create bespoke designs upon request, our emphasis is very much on traditional looking features that quickly naturalise. We would always look to hide any artificial butyl liners used, along with using natural rock where ever possible to create features that are not overly symmetrical. Pretentious though it may sound we believe that features should draw the eye rather than catch it; something that can only be carried out and created on site rather than finalised long beforehand on a computer.

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