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Inveresk Garden

Inveresk Village

Chris and Michael have been doing a good job on this project in Inveresk village, outside of Edinburgh. Designed by Carolyn Grohmann, this small courtyard  has lots of tricky  detail with fanned granite setts, reclaimed Yorkshire flagstones, black slate, paving, Corten steel, and pebbles set into...

Monday Morning Talks

Monday Mornings

We thought we'd share the joys of winter Monday mornings at the Water Gems yard. This is one of our tool box talks - in this case Nick Easterbrook discussing with everyone about securing loads on vans, maximum weights and other important issues. Given the ladders,...

From Mudbath to Curving Boardwalk

From mudbath to curving boardwalk and wetland – the Bearsden project is just about finished. These were pretty rough conditions for the guys building the boardwalk and wetland system for Balfour Beattie over in Bearsden. We needed our big wellies to work on this one! The biggest...

Gabion Wall Construction

The gabion wall construction in West Lothian has started. The baskets are filled with a facing layer of sandstone from CED, then backfilled with a conventional quarry stone for gabions. Once finished this retaining wall will hold up the soil banking behind it. It makes a really...

Hailes Quarry Park

We've really enjoyed working on this project at Hailes Quarry Park in Edinburgh. Here's Nick Easterbrook, Hubert and Stephen putting the finishing touches to the boardwalk and wetland. It looks a bit of a mud bath just now but once all the big wetland plants go...

End of An Era

Today was a sad day as the Dedridge Environmental Ecology Project (DEEP) officially hung up their boots. Roley and Wilma and all their friends in the DEEP group have worked for years to improve the environment along the Dedridge burn in Livingston. We were lucky enough...

Botanic Garden Ornamental Pool Refurbishment

Great article written by John McMullan, Commercial Manager at EPDM roofing and lining specialist FirestonebpUK, about the refurbishment project completed by Water Gems in conjunction with Firestone. The Botanic Gardens commissioned us to carry out a refurbishment project of the trio of terraced ornamental pools which...

** Watergems Annual BBQ **

We held our annual BBQ at Vogrie last weekend! The forecast was not good, but the rain stayed away and the sun shone on us (occasionally!). There was a fabulous spread provided, cooked by our great chefs, followed by what has become traditional - a...