1. What is Irrigation Control best known for and what does the company do which might not be well known?
We are probably best known for our turnkey irrigation solutions from design through to post installation service, especially within the UK renovation market, having specialised in the golf market for over 25 years.
What is probably not as well-known is our extensive experience across Europe, particularly in new construction. We have been involved in the European market for over 20 years and have undertaken projects across Europe such as Cyprus, France, Spain and Ireland to name a few. We have an extensive network of suppliers, hauliers, and support staff available and ship equipment all over the continent.
Several clients still utilise our services post installation and we regularly undertake follow up service visits to existing customers to offer support during renovations or to provide local training.
2. What are the biggest challenges Irrigation Control has faced in the last ten years, and how have they been overcome?
System designs have grown substantially in the last 10 years with a need to provide for greater control of irrigation to larger areas of the golf course, however the window of opportunity for installation has reduced also. This is driven in part due to the demands of the golf course who need to ensure golf is always available to members and visitors but also by climate.
The resulting impact was a need to develop and invest significantly in specialist machinery and processes so that we could maximise the volume of installation whilst minimising any disruption to the site. It is now the norm that pipe sizes up to 180mm are installed using trenchless techniques i.e. mole-ploughing which in turn need to be supported by a range of additional equipment and ultimately highly trained engineers.
3. What advice do you have for golf course architects when it comes to selecting Irrigation Control for their projects?
Communication at an early stage is key between both parties. As with any scheme, developing a design solution at an early stage is helpful but ensuring it retains flexibility throughout is critical.
We are a truly independent company and as such can offer impartial advice on product selection, especially new innovations or solutions that may not be common but have proven successful on similar projects. Bringing this knowledge forward can often solve a problem or lead the design to a simpler more cost-effective path.
4. What interesting environmental initiatives have Irrigation Control been involved with, or seen installed, on a golf course?
Sustainability has been a keyword for some time, especially regarding the sourcing and development of alternative water sources. A recent installation of ours saw the development of a reservoir to store additional water from a borehole supply, in part due to restrictions in planning and space to accommodate a water storage tank. In this instance however the project was developed further and utilised to form an environmental habitat.
The golf course in question didn’t have natural ponds or water courses on site and it was critical that this be sympathetic to its location and look as natural as possible within its surroundings. The shaping therefore was critical as was planting around the bank along with the equipment selections for maintenance, with a sub-surface aerator selected as opposed to a decorative fountain for example.
5. What new or recent developments by Irrigation Control should EIGCA members be aware of?
As the environmental demands have increased so has the engineering requirement for water treatment grown. We have been developing a system to aid in the treatment of iron recently as several schemes had run into issues with water quality.
A recent borehole installation provided the client with an abundant natural resource; however, water quality was poor, with very high levels of iron. We designed and installed a treatment system which provided aeration both within the well and a settlement tank to help the iron oxidise. The water was then processed through multiple media filters twice prior to it being transferred to a holding tank in preparation for irrigation.
This process reduced the total iron levels from 14840 ug/l to 131 ugl.
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