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Pool Construction

Engineering your perfect pool


Pool construction: Why Ellicar

Founders Will and Sarah Murch have been constructing natural pools, wildlife ponds and gardens for over 20 years. They created their first natural swimming pool in their family gardens – now Ellicar HQ – and under the Ellicar brand, they've been designing and building natural pools for others to enjoy ever since. 

Expert, award-winning craftsmanship

Your idyllic natural swimming pool is brought to life with our innate knowledge of design, build, materials, plants and landscapes, biological water filtration and Biotop’s world-renowned water balancing technology.

Every member of our established team is handpicked for their engineering expertise, technical skills, craftsmanship, specialist knowledge of plants and water and love of wild swimming. Our experience in the water means we put ourselves in your shoes to truly understand what's needed to create a pool that's perfect for you.

Accreditation by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) means your pool will be created by a team recognised for meeting the highest landscape industry standards.

Meet the Team


Visual Concept Plan


From 3D concept plans through to technical drawings in AutoCAD, our award-winning design and planning service is bespoke so you can be confident your natural pool is not only perfect for your lifestyle and garden, but it also functions properly and is easy to maintain.

Pool Design
Natural pool builders team


Natural swimming pool construction is a two part process.

First is the excavation, construction of the reinforced concrete swim zone and subterranean drainage and profiling of the regeneration zones.

Next is the specialist installation of the pool lining, pipework, flanges, installation of biological filters and pumps, aggregates, in-pool features, planting, connecting to services and filling of the pool.

We can construct and install your pool form start to finish. Or for self-build projects we provide you with a set of construction drawings designed by our pool construction specialist and structural engineer. This enables you to construct your pool with your own builders leaving us to install from lining onwards.

Soft Landscaping Montage

Soft Landscaping

Our soft landscaping team have years of experience between them and an eye for detail. They plant up and finish off your outside space perfectly, leaving you to enjoy your new pool and garden for years to come.


Each winter, our pool maintenance team services your natural pool, cuts back the water plants, cleans and vacuums the pool and services the pumps and filters. We check flow rates and hydraulics, and replace the filter mats with a clean set. We test and analyse your pool's water to ensure it's balanced and replace the filter medium in the fill water vessels if required, leaving your pool ready for the swimming season ahead.

Our quality guarantee

Unwavering high standards

We're accredited by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and the Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) which means we're recognised for continuously meeting the highest industry standards.

Water quality and hygiene

We set the bar high for water quality and hygiene. Utilising world-renowned BIOTOP’s water balancing technology to filter your pool biologically, expect crystal clear water and water hygiene to the German FLL international standard for commercial natural pools.

Quality assurance and commissioning

At each stage of the construction, your pool will be inspected and signed off for quality assurance. Once completed, we commission your pool over a period of time, returning to check plant establishment and water quality. You'll receive a handover with full training in pool maintenance. Each project is completed with an Operations and Design manual and we’re a phone call away should you have any technical questions.


Once we hand over your pool we continue to monitor the water, providing help and aftercare. 

We record water tests, monitor plant growth, and maintain pool service data so we understand your pool and water ready to provide professional assistance should you need it.

You’ll also receive reminders for things like turning on the carbonators, starting to fertilise your pool and monitoring plant growth during the summer season.

In addition, you pool will be serviced in winter leaving you with a full service report and water analysis. Some clients enjoy a spring service too, to get their pool ready for the swimming season. They’re good opportunities to talk with our pool team if you have any questions.

Meet the Team


Project Gallery

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If you have any questions about natural swimming pools, or you would like to discuss a project, please get in touch.

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