The Otterbine Giant Fountain at Southmere Lake provides a stunning water feature.

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Giant Fountain provides stunning water feature in the regeneration of a housing development

An Otterbine Giant Fountain installed by The Fountain Workshop Limited has marked an important step in the regeneration of Southmere Lake housing development in Thamesmead, with the first phase of new homes currently being built.

The development was initially created in the 1970s with Southmere Lake at its centre and is now the focus of significant investment from Peabody, with plans for 860 new homes built over three phases around the west side of the lake. There will also be a civic building with a community library, public square and a boating and sailing club, all joining the newly refurbished Lakeside Centre.

Southmere Lake is without doubt one of the jewels in Thamesmead’s crown. We’re making a number of improvements to the lake and the fountain is an important part of our changes – not only is it attractive for residents and visitors to look at but it’s also important for the fish and other wildlife who use the lake.

Dr Phil Askew

Director of landscape and placemaking, Peabody

The Otterbine fountain of choice was a custom built, 25hp Super Nova Giant Fountain, able to reach heights of 27 metres with its dramatic pattern. With an adjustable float and comprehensive warranty, the Super Nova Giant Fountain is practical as well as beautiful - the perfect water feature for a residential setting.

Key features

  • - Unique launching system: wheeled launching system eliminates the need for cranes during installation in most applications
  • - Adjustable float: float ballasts allow you to adjust for level flotation and float visibility in the water
  • - Corrosion resistant: able to operate in brackish conditions with 316 st/st upgrade
  • - Comprehensive warranty: all-inclusive 4-year warranty or extended 5-year warranty with Sub-Monitor motor control option, on unit, cable and power control centre
  • - Safety listed and protected: package electrically safety tested and listed with ETL, and ETL-C, conforming to UL standards; and carries CE certification
  • - Shallow Operating Depth: horizontal platform allows operation in 40in or 1m of water
The Otterbine Super Nova Giant Fountain next to the newly refurbished Lakeside Centre

Peabody appointed environmental and engineering experts Land and Water Services Limited to undertake the £1.6m initial phase of improvement works. They in turn appointed The Fountain Workshop as a specialist design and build contractor for the floating fountain.

For us the Otterbine Super Nova Giant Fountain was the obvious choice, particularly given the long-standing relationship we have enjoyed with Charlie Barebo, chief executive officer of Otterbine, which stretches back over twenty years. We approached Reesink Turfcare, the UK distributor for Otterbine, early in the process and involved them throughout the development of our proposals.

Ian Kirkpatrick

Commercial director, The Fountain Workshop Limited

The fountain was installed by The Fountain Workshop team, working alongside Land and Water Services Limited, and was switched on for the first time just as the country was emerging from lockdown. Having secured an ongoing maintenance contract from Peabody to ensure that the feature remains in good working order, the Otterbine fountain is set to create a stunning display for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

To talk to someone about Otterbine water solutions, call 01480 226800

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