Contruction Lake Andy Goddard at the first day of construction on the lake.
Steel framesSteel frames for the building being constructed
SnowThe Lake in Snow.
The LakeThe Lake Empty.

The Build

For many years Andark ran the civilian diving operations at the Horsea Island Military training lake Portsmouth. These facilities were closed to civilian divers in 2008, therefore leaving the south coast with limited open water lake training options. Planning approval for the Andark Lake facilities took much longer than we expected.

Some five years later in 2012 we were granted planning permission. Construction started late August 2012, and the first trial dive in the lake was on the 12th February 2013. The method of construction is known as Clay Puddling. This is the waterproof layer, over which is laid a membrane to stop the clay permeating the water. This is then covered with a GEO-WEB matting which is filled with shingle. All of the material extracted to create the lake has been used for the site landscaping. The lake has been specially created for diver training, there are training platforms at both ends of the lake. It is suited for basic diver training, equipment and product testing, re-breather diving as well as just blowing bubbles!

Thanks to the following companies and individuals who have been involved in creating the Andark Lake & Building:


Pictures of the build...

Andy Goddard at the start of the Andark lake build
Andy Goddard at the start of the Andark lake build Close  Andy Goddard at the start of the Andark lake build
Diggers starting work
Diggers starting work Close   Diggers starting work
Andark Lake Summer 2013
hole for the lake Close   Lake Foundations
Andy Goddard by the lake foundations
hole for the lake Close   Andy Goddard by the lake foundations
Andark Lake starting to be built
Andark Lake starting to be built Close   Andark Lake starting to be built
Digging the depth of the lake
Andark Lake starting to be built Close   Digging the depth of the lake
Lake whole dug out
Lake whole dug out Close   Lake whole dug out
Lake nearly ready for water
Lake nearly ready for water Close   Lake nearly ready for water
Lake filling up with water!
Lake filling up with water! Close   Lake filling up with water!
Lake in the Snow
Lake in the Snow Close   Lake in the Snow
First Dive in the lake 12-2-13
First Dive in the lake 12-2-13 Close   First Dive in the lake 12-2-13
Building foundations for the lake building
Building foundations for the lake building Close   Building foundations for the lake building
Steel framework
Steel framework Close   Steel framework
Andark Lake building
Andark Lake building Close   Andark Lake building
Arial View of the Lake
Arial View of the Lake Close   Arial View of the Lake
The Andark lake
The Andark lake Close   The Andark lake
Lake
The Andark lake Close   The Andark lake
Andark Lake
The Andark lake Close   The Andark lake