2ic are specialist consultants in irrigation and water resourcing.
We engineer and manage bespoke water systems throughout the UK and across the world.
We have over 60 years' experience and have designed irrigation for golf courses – from prestige to community courses – plus sports pitches and public gardens. We specialise in ground water surveys and development.
We also design water features, reservoirs, water supplies, private water systems including special events such as music festivals.
We work with Doug Bates of GeoDivining International for all our geological information.
Whatever your water needs, we’ll have a solution.
Call: +44 (0)7742 658918
It is with deepest sadness we announce
the death of Bill Hawthorn.
Managing Director - ASIC
Phil has extensive experience in the design, construction supervision and project management of irrigation systems, both in the UK and Europe since 1990. He has specialist skills in the location of underground water sourcing, combining geological evaluation with water divining.
He has plenty of hands-on experience in the installation of irrigation systems, having spent several years as a contractor. There is not an irrigation installation job that he has not done himself, from installing pipes, valves and sprinklers through to control wiring and setting up the computer with its database.
As a consultant, Phil has designed, installed and overseen the installation of many types of irrigation systems, including golf projects, football stadia and large garden projects in conjunction with private developers. His specialist skills have been brought to bear on water resourcing for remote locations for housing developers, large dairy farms and domestic properties. Phil has served as Vice Chairman of the British Turf and Landscape Association where he was responsible for setting up a technical support facility to ensure that standards were being upheld in the industry.
Linda has a wealth of experience in business administration. Graduated from Stirling University she has held post at banks, BT, Stirling Council, Dyson and Saica Natur waste management services. Tasked now with maintaining the company accounts and supporting the directors, she has been an important addition to the team. We are delighted to have Linda within the 2ic family.
Chief Engineer & Director- MIAgrE
It is with deepest sadness we announce the death of Bill Hawthorn.
Bill was the founder member of our company and remained active in the business until his recent retirement this year due to ill health.
Bill had such dedication and passon for 2ic with customer service always at heart.
We will miss him but know his guidance and ethos will always remain at the heart of our family business.
David has joined 2iC as Project Manager with a wide range of Contracting and Management experience with Golf, Landscape and Infrastructure Projects, including earthworks, drainage, lake & reservoir construction, irrigation installation, soft and hard landscaping having worked within the Sports Turf and Construction Industry for over 45 years both in the UK and other European countries.
David has proven management, communication and leadership skills at all levels having been involved in design, construction and management operations at various Landscape Facilities and Golf Operations to a high standard, including Stakeholder Liaison, strategic planning, commercial & contract management, decision making, problem solving, project delivery, programme management together with creating and managing diverse teams to ensure successful delivery of projects. Dedicated to maintain high standards of HS&E, quality and excellence with the ability to lead, challenge and direct groups of various disciplines, numbers and nationalities, to provide motivation to all personnel and achieve a high level of presentation and workmanship.
David was the Project Manager, responsible for the delivery of both soft and hard landscapes, Park Wide for the Olympic Delivery Authority from February 2008 until January 2012, where he then took over as Service Manager until November 2012 before moving on to the NEC Supervisor role for Soft and Hard landscape works on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Atkins on behalf of London Legacy Development Corporation during December 2012 until its completion in December 2014.
Just about everything to do with water within private estates, sports and the leisure world!
Our clients and their requirements are extremely varied.
Take a look at our services to show what we can offer and our projects section which demonstrates some of the projects we have completed and are currently working on.
We are quite at home designing an irrigation system for a golf course, sports pitch or landscape project but also happy to design and oversee a complete potable water supply system.
We understand hydraulics and our engineering skills and years of experience mean that we can answer all your water needs. So whatever your water needs, we are the people to talk to.
The qualifications and experience within 2ic provide a one-stop shop for all irrigation and water supply issues. At the heart of the company is a dedication and commitment to provide cost-conscious and trustworthy engineering advice and designs.
Both senior partners have extensive on-site experience in installing pipe work and sprinklers, and putting together pumping systems and control systems. This first-hand experience gives their designs a practical edge - drawings and specifications are much more than just theory or mere sales tools.
2ic as a consultancy works for its clients only and work is carried out with the overriding premise that the client's interest comes first - above 2ic's, and above any manufacturer or contractor. 2ic receives 100 per cent of its income through professional fees only.
This core philosophy has led to the development of a longstanding trust between the practice and its clients. It means that 2ic consultants are not merely system specifiers but are empowered by their clients to make qualified evaluations of contractors and manufacturers, and present such facts in an unbiased and independent manner.
As completely independent engineers with vast exprience, 2iC will carefully determine the actual site requirements, taking into account, weather, soils, topography, available energy and water supplies and then design the most cost effective system.
Real energy efficiency is all about ensuring that water is not lifted to a higher level (pressure) than absolutely necessary to run the system. We avoid the use of pressure regulating valves except in exceptional circumstances. This efficiency is achieved, not only by the pump selection, but also by the overall system design.
This comes from careful attention to detail with the engineering. We believe that complexity should be limited to meet the actual need, not the latest fashion being marketed by large companies. Sound engineering leads to reliable systems. Our motto is – “What you don’t fit can’t go wrong”!
Because of the range of our knowledge in the areas of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and irrigation engineering we are able to quickly determine the cause of problems and propose the most efficient and cost effective solution.
The pump is the heart of the system. More irrigation systems fail to provide proper performance because of poorly selected or installed pumps than any other single reason. 2iC are the acknowledged leaders in this industry on pump station engineering.
Over a period of time irrigation systems often seem to lose the brilliance of performance that you remember when it wasfirst commissioned – Why is this? Well there are many reasons, not least being additions or changes made by well meaning folks.
Call us in and we will audit the whole system, identify any issues and you will soon be back to full performance.
It may have been poorly designed in the first place but don’t worry, we will soon find a way to rectify the shortfalls at a sensible cost.
Finding Water Underground
2ic will determine the available water resources from underground by studying geological surveys and in some cases where appropriate by Water Divining. This will ensure that the chances of drilling a dry borehole will be minimised.
Extraction from streams and rivers is strictly controlled by the Environment Agency. If we think it is possible to obtain an abstraction licence then 2iC will carry out the necessary hydrological survey and negotiate the licence.
This term is applied to the collection of wastewater run off from hard surfaces and other similar areas. This can also include grey water from the outfall of a sewage treatment works. This does not require a licence however attention to the water quality, its treatment and the likely impact upon the grass or plants, is critical. In addition to engineering the water collection system, 2iC will examine the water and propose the necessary treatment.
To be sure of a water supply for your irrigation you need to be able to store enough water in winter to meet the summer demand. If you can achieve thisyou will be independent of Water Companies and the high associated cost.
The design of a reservoir is not just a simple civil engineering project but also one that must take into account the flora and fauna of the site hence if necessary a full ecological survey will be completed. We work closely with all the authorities (Local planners, Environment Agency, Natural England, SEPA and local resident groups) to ensure that the construction receives total support.
Whatever it takes – build a scale model, hold public meetings, 2ic will do it all for you. As a result of work that we have been doing with the Environment Agency, easier planning is likely, due to recommendations being built into the 2010 Water Resources Act. We specialise in undergroundhidden reservoirs which are often the only solution for water storage in areas of sensitive ecological nature or where the available area is limited.
2ic will carry out a complete survey of your site by GPS or Total Station method so that you have a detailed accurate plan. This will be provided in both paper and digital format so that you will have the ability to mark up and use separate parts of the plan, calculate areas, measure distances and will know accurately the routes for the buried services.
Special events pose difficult engineering problems. Many sites are located in remote areas away from regular services. The event organisers are often guessing at the number of people who will attend and hence the expected water consumption.
2ic have built up a wealth of experience in the area and have engineered the water supply systems for such events as The Festival of Speed and Vintage on the Goodwood Estate site.
We will help you determine the likely requirement and organise all the contractors to carry out the work and provide emergency backup during the event.
Nearly all works will need to meet some legal requirement. 2ic are skilled in Contract Management and will take many of the burdens from you the customer. Both Senior Directors hold The Managerial & Professional Health and Safety Test Certificate and are JIB Registered.
2iC have developed a standard set of clear contract terms that are well suited to irrigation works being fair to client and contractor. The use of these terms avoids misunderstandings. We will handle the whole contract, setting out works, checking quality, approving payments, checking Health and Safety and will ensure that this is done right through to the end of the on-site warranty.
CDM (Contract Design Management) are a set of regulations drawn up to apply to certain commercial construction works. They are designed not only to address Health & Safety issues, but also to ensure that everything has been properly considered from Design through to completion and beyond to facilitate the long-term maintenance. There are limits to the application based on the size of the contract. 2ic will take care of all the Legal Requirements of this contract law.
Health and Safety
2ic will ensure that the contractor and client have an adequate Health & Safety Plan and that proper consideration is taken of the construction issues in this regard.
Although we are confident of all the decisions we make and we hope you are too, we cover the unlikely event that we make a mistake by having a Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy with Lloyds of London to the value of $500,000.00 for each and every claim. In addition to the Professional Indemnity insurance we also have Public Liability Insurance to £10 million.
2iC Ltd were commissioned by Verulam Golf Club to look at options of water sourcing in order to reduce their reliance on town mains water.
2iC Ltd carried out a series of studies to look at both river water abstraction and the drilling of a new borehole. Through discussions with the EA the borehole option was considered as preferable and 2iC carried out a water feasibility study to look at the best source of water within the boundaries of the golf course that could yield them the maximum available water permitted by the EA, which was 20m3 per day.
Objective & Challenges
Aside from selecting a suitable drilling location was the requirement to provide power and transfer systems back to the existing water storage area at the golf course maintenance centre.
Fortunately, one of the preferred locations was near to the maintenance facility and that was where the borehole was drilled, which had good access for future power requirements.
2iC produced a series and suite of documents that there sent out to different drilling companies in order to tender for the works. A series of mid tender meetings were held to deal with any clarifications required and then following the tender submission date, a tender recommendation report was issued by 2iC Ltd to the Client, whereby a contractor was nominated based upon the quality and compliance with the tender information.
For the drilling at Verulam Golf Club, WB & AD Morgan were the successful contractor.
Whilst the drilling location was also near to a service road, an overriding concern was damage to the area during drilling set up and operations, especially during periods of inclement weather.
To mitigate this risk the contract required that a defined access route and working platform was created, thereafter the working area was fenced off with Heras Fence.
Water from the drilling operation had to be channelled via a lay flat hose system to a distance of 120metres from the drill site into some rough ground however the benefit of this was that at no time did any golf have to be interrupted or that any of the playing surfaces become disrupted.
Once the source of water was located the drillers then lined the well and tests were taken on the supply in order to ensure that the volumes available would meet the overall objective of 20m3 per day. In addition, samples were sent away for testing in order to ensure that the water would not cause any harm to life or pose long term pollution to surrounding areas and the end use.
Outcome & Benefits
The well proved to be successful and the golf club can now reduce their requirement on town water.
The requirement from the contractor to ensure that their working area was clean, operable and safe at all times benefited that club both during the works and following demobilisation as the area returned back into play with limited damage to the turfgrass and the working area was then returned as a field of play.
The contractor completed their work on time and in line with the contract information thereby allowing them to be recompensed for their works without any delays.
CLIENT: VERULAM GOLF CLUB - Paul Keen, General Manager
GOLF COURSE MANAGER: Peter Allam
DRILLING CONTRACTOR : WBN & WD Morgan - David Portsmouth/Jason Taylor
Rungsted Golf Club located close to the sea to the North of Copenhagen Denmark
Since October 2000, when Bill Hawthorn carried out an audit of the irrigation system at this club, 2iC has provided technical support to enable the system to be gradually improved using both the club’s own staff and some specialist contractors. This audit identified the good items and the remaining life available for all equipment. The PC based Rainbird 2 wire control system continues to function well to this day.
The first works concentrated on achieving a high coefficient of uniformity for the greens so the greenkeeper could embark on a programme of restoring the grass type to 100% fescue. This was followed by the tees and then the pumping station and water supply. Finally in the spring of 2015 the main line was replaced with a revised polyethylene pipe system that has sufficient capacity to facilitate expansion of the irrigation to many of the fairways.
Throughout all these works the course was kept fully open for play. Always the improvements have been achieved inside a tight budget without any sacrifice in quality.
This country estate located in a National Park Area comprises, farms, an industrial estate, woodland and a number of country houses most of which are located at high elevations on the South Downs. The elevations are such that the public water company is unable to provide sufficient pressure. Over the years various contractors have therefore developed the water supplies, some from boreholes and some from low-level reservoirs filled from the public mains supply.
In 2010 2iC undertook a survey of the systems. This revealed some serious hydraulic and public health issues. Immediate actions were implemented to protect the health of the public and then a gradual works plan was designed and set in motion in stages to provide an adequate safe water supply to all users. The whole system has been re-arranged, unsafe reservoirs eliminated, leaks traced and cured. The final phases will take place over the next 12 months. These works have not only dealt with the public health and efficiency issues but have dramatically cut the costs of providing the water supply to the users. The whole system has been surveyed and accurate plans provided. There are now action plans in place to meet the requirements of the Public Health Inspector.
This country estate comprises a farm, the main house, various country cottages, the village of Glynde and an event site. It is located on the southern slopes of the South Downs and thus posses’ elevation challenges for the water system. The water supply is a private one from a well into the chalk at the old dairy. 2iC undertook an initial survey of the system in the spring or 2012. This survey revealed hydraulic and public health issues.
Urgent steps were implemented to clear the public health issues and then the system was redesigned to eliminate unnecessary storage, better pressures and security of supply. A water system for the Music event site was included. The well was made safe both mechanically and from possible pollution. All the works have been carried out by specialised contractors under 2iC supervision. The final phase of improvement works are scheduled for 2015/16.
This site is located on the southern slope of the South Downs. There are various houses located at very high elevations and also a Travellers site by the A27. The land belongs to the Brighton Council. Southern Water Company provide the water supply via dedicated booster pump maintained by them. 2iC were asked to look at the system as Southern Water were concerned about public health issues. The issues were quickly identified and a work program implemented to overcome the problems. 2iC are now working on revised designs to improve the efficiency and provide extra water for the planned increase in the size of the Travellers site.
This site has the largest automated landscape irrigation system in Europe. The time scales meant that in order to progress the works at a rapid way the chosen project method was to let the installation to a number of main landscape constructors and irrigation contractors. It was clear that independent supervision was required so in 2009 2iC were engaged to fulfil this role. With our vast experience we were not only able to ensure that the works were carried out to the specifications but also to help and encourage the contractors to meet quality and tight time scale requirements.
Once the Olympic Games were over the Legacy project was implemented to transform the site to the Queen Elizabeth Park, 2iC were once again chosen to fulfil the supervisory roll but this time the duties were extended to cover the two international hockey pitches and the interactive fountain system. The works were completed on time in the autumn of 2014.
This private estate is located on the side of the hill just to the north of the M25 in Surrey. It has a private water supply utilising two boreholes and underground reservoir. 2ic has been commissioned to check the system over and make recommendations as to any improvements that might be needed to bring it in line with current drinking water regulations. We have overseen the replacement of one of the water tanks and introduced automatic chlorination to the supply, replacing the UV system that was installed. Further works will be undertaken later this year to ensure the system remains secure and complies with public health inspection standards.
This project involved the construction of a driving range, golf academy and outdoor tennis courts, to a well-known indoor tennis club and resort in the Baneasa Forest just in the northern part of Bucharest, Romania. This was designed by Johnathan Gaunt of “Gaunt Golf Designs” and 2ic was one of the consultants forming a full team from the UK who worked together to produce the facility. 2ic designed and oversaw the full installation of the irrigation system to cover the golf academy, outside tennis courts and the entire outfield of the driving range, including target greens. A local contractor completed the system installation with the help of the onsite Project Manager and Shaper, Ian Futcher, with 2ic attending regularly to inspect the works until completion. This work has now been completed and is fully operational.
2ic have been involved in addition projects during the last year, some of which are sensitive locations or with clients wishing to remain anonymous. We have been invited to work with several others projects which we are currently awaiting confirmation of appointment.
WATER SUPPLIES FOR IRRIGATION - For all groundsmen and greenkeepers climate change brings about real issues in maintaining good playing surfaces . . .
an article by Bill Hawthorn MIAgrE, Director of 2iC Consultants.
read here at Groundskeeping Journal - Spring 2021
A COURSE ON THE BRINK OF CLOSURE BENEFITS FROM GAME-CHANGING INSTALLATION - RAIN BIRD 360
read here at A course on the brink of closure
PREPARING FOR WINTER - The first of a series of practical articles prepared by Bill Hawthorn MIAgrE, Director of 2iC Consultants.
read here at Golf Business News