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Advice about swim ponds

Swimpond Project – Canterbury

At the time of building, this Windsor Swimpond project was one of the biggest in size that the Ponds by Michael Wheat team have completed – the water volume of this pond is over a staggering 1,500,000 litres!

Take a look at some of these images of this fantastic project completed by our team and the progress made in bringing to life our clients’ dream pond design.

Is my site practical?

When planning for a Swimpond, you might think your site is perfect. More often than not it is, however, some sites are not feasible for a Swimpond to be installed. It is important to know this before starting your Swimpond journey.

We’ve put together a document to see whether your site is practical – if you have any questions all you need to do is give us a call.

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How much does a Swimpond cost?

Take a look at this document which gives real examples and costs of previous Swimponds we have designed and built.

If you have any more questions, please do get in touch with us!

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Planning Permission

We know that many houses need planning permission for a Swimpond.

This is something that needs a lot of time and effort, therefore, we have compiled a sheet to help you begin the process and show you what needs to be done.

Swimpond/pond hybrid


A ‘traditional’ swimpond is built with a block work shell and the filtration is bottom drained. It looks like a rectangular swimming pool and the water can be covered and heated but no chlorine is needed. This construction method can make the installation costly. This way of delivering a swimpond can make the price beyond lots of peoples reach.

Because of this, we offer a hybrid swimpond solution. This means we can deliver a swimpond which looks very similar to our stoned wildlife ponds with shelves for aquatic planting, but with a few key differences.

The central area will be much deeper, usually between 1.6m and 2m deep. We add either steps and/or a jetty or decking area so you can easily access the central swimming area. We use 12v equipment so its safe to swim in. This means we can create a swim pond from as little as £50,000.

Making them more affordable so more people can enjoy swimming in their own back garden! For more information about getting your swimpond hybrid designed by us, please get in touch now.

How the filters work


We use Oases proficlear systems on our swimponds. This is because they offer a unique way of mechanically filtering the water. They have drums installed inside them that thin the water so its safe to swim in. They also have a biological part which takes care of natural elements found in the pond which can deteriorate the quality of the water. Along with the UV clarifier this creates a safe outdoor swim in the UK.

What’s also great we with these filters is they self clean meaning that maintenance is actually very minimal on these systems.

These can be bottom drained or pump fed installed. If you’d like more information on these filters and why they are the best for swimponds please get in touch.

How many plants do I have to have in a swimpond?

Interestingly enough, you don’t need always plants in a swimpond. They do help the balance and make it look natural, but everything we need the pond to do can be controlled by the filtration. So having this worked out and fit correctly is very important in terms of the pond.

There are companies that do a heavy plant filtration scheme in their swim ponds. This is not a technique we believe gives the safest and best swim pond. By using the filtration it makes the pond safer to swim in as it removes more bacteria from the water.

There are sometimes some British native aquatic plants we do incorporate into our Swimpond plans, including Water Lilies.