Personal Pump Perfection

Who do you call when nobody has exactly what you want in their catalogue?

You can see above in progress, the first element of a bespoke pumping set for one of our wonderful customers.

The service offered is to make what you want, looking like you want it, doing the work that you need, to fit into the space you have and meet any other requirements the job calls for.

Additionally, the work is all completed off-site and delivered to you ready to go to work.

This saves you having contractors on-site and as they are factory built the process is more efficient.

Next time you need something that suits you, call the pump tailor!

We’ve run out of room!

A manufacturing customer of ours had literally run out of production space and desperately needed a new continuous loop test bed for their world class products.

We had a specifically designed container made with personnel doors and other non-standard fittings to accommodate an automated dual pumping system in stainless steel, complete with inverter drives, controls and flow meters which were fully wired and tested, before delivery to site.
The obvious downside to this solution was heat build-up due to the continuous nature of the process. So, using the inherent strength of the container, we placed a chiller and water reservoir on the top of the first container.

Without using any more factory floor space or requiring planning controls, we were able to give the Client all they wanted in terms of capacity. The complete project took 8 weeks from inception to acceptance. The price was fixed before work started and completed in time and on budget.

Cougar Pumps have years of experience creating bespoke units to suit individual requirements. We understand that one size doesn’t fit all! Our engineering expertise and strong relationships with suppliers, allows us to create bespoke units to match any requirement.

One of the world’s top oceanographic institutions

One of the world’s top oceanographic institutions with a mission to make them the pre-eminent organisation for oceanic research and science.

System replacement to reduce energy, running costs and carbon footprint.

A thorough survey was undertaken of the existing plant and recommendations for optimum replacements made, along with a complete plan of the proposed works.
Upon agreement the old pumps were removed and replaced with up-to-date energy efficient pumps, utilising existing variable speed drives. All the pumps were installed individually to reduce the vulnerability of the system and allow full functionality throughout the process.

Project completed on time, to a fixed price, and a happy customer!

Luxury Health & Fitness Clubs

Luxury Health & Fitness Clubs

Investigation of system failures, recommendation, and remediation.

Having received many complaints from their members about lack of hot water and even water at all, the client required a survey of their plant to determine the cause of their problems.

The problems revolved around some very old and fixed speed booster sets that were neither working properly due to poor maintenance nor rated sufficiently for the extended facilities.

New variable speed multi pump boosters were sized according to the increased demands of the client’s members, installed and commissioned.

Having removed the inefficient and out-dated units, the new booster sets have given the client’s ears a welcome relief from member complaints.

It’s Terminal

At a Thames-side fuel terminal the new lorry park of 10,000 sq metres on what had previously been open ground was producing a large amount of water run-off with subsequent localised flooding.

Come up with a working answer without interrupting the working of the terminal.

After a site survey a recommendation was made to install a new sump and pump the water 300m through new pipes to a discharge point.
Two sump pumps with a further interceptor were installed and discharge pipework linked both the sumps and interceptor, all buried and resurfaced.

Prior to completion of the project, there were huge puddles in the lorry park, causing potential risks for the operator. Following the completion of the work, it was great to see the parking area being kept dry by the new system. Dry feet and a happy workforce.

Catching the drips!


Pressing rape seed oil using batch production, a customer didn’t want the expense of a pump at each press.


Buy one pump, and make it mobile!

The pump, motor and controls were built onto an easily moved trolley so that it could be taken from point to point. Simple!


Think of the money they saved!

If your wallet’s a bit thin, let us know. We might have a way of making your pound, dollar or yen go that much further.

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Getting whatever it is to the mains

Many times we work on sites and developments where household or industrial liquids, including sewage or surface water, are not connected directly to the mains. An additional station, or collection of units, are needed to lift the waste to where the mains can take over.

We create tailored solutions suitable for a single household right through to large housing developments, industrial units and commercial premises. In fact they could be installed anywhere sewage or surface water needs pumping to a mains connection.

The stations consist of a GRP or concrete ring packaged pump station with control panel and kiosk. When what the station is pumping might be unpleasant, reliable kit is a must, so we build these units to be robust and to operate efficiently in all kinds of situations.

Expanding on the existing pump

We received a 30KW vertical line shaft pump that was destined for the Middle East – its job was going to be pumping water with oil concentration from an extremely deep well. This meant that it needed some extension and adjustment.

We made sure that we understood all the parameters of the job and then set about designing alterations to the pump that would ensure it worked exactly as required when it was in position. Once the pump was installed and set up, it worked beautifully.

A Study in Lateral Thinking – and Money Saving!

We’re privileged to have some fantastically inventive problem solvers working here at Cougar Pumps. This means that when a client is faced with a difficult installation issue, there’s every likelihood that we’ll be able to come up with a bespoke solution.

‘Bespoke’ can sound expensive – but that’s certainly not always the case. In fact, on more than one occasion we have come up with a custom pump installation solution that saved the client a huge amount of both time and money, as you can read below.

A Study in Lateral Thinking – and Money Saving!
Our client needed a new complete flow-test rig installed in their factory. The solution they had been offered meant constructing a new building which would mean applying for planning permission, and all manner of delays and expense. They came to Cougar looking for a way to avoid this. After discussing what they needed, we surveyed their factory and calculated that we could put a custom-built rig next to one of their existing factories on a small piece of scrap land.

We designed and built a stainless steel rig to fit inside a container, along with all pumps, pipes, valves, controls, meters, and inverter drives. On the roof of the container we installed a stainless steel water tank – and we made the whole assembly movable.

This allowed us to deliver the complete unit, put it in place on the prepared piece of land, test it thoroughly, and have it in use the same day. The entire solution represented a huge saving in both time and money for our client.

Dangerous Places and Awkward Geography
By thinking outside the box, and employing some extraordinary brains we’ve managed to create some utterly unique and entirely practical solutions for our clients. Solutions like these:

  • Hazardous work places very often use pump technology – so it’s not unusual to find ourselves dealing with the need to minimise the danger the pumps present. One situation we faced required centrifugal pumps. Of course, most centrifugal pumps are driven by electricity or diesel – not desirable at all in the area they were needed for. We modified the pumps by fitting compressed air powered motors, which made them intrinsically safe for operation under those conditions.
  • A fire main situated in a dock used seawater as it’s source – a suitable means of priming the main was needed that took the salt water into account. We installed twin, all-bronze, self-priming pumps, running on a single motor. Unique? Possibly!
  • Another seawater conundrum faced us when we were asked to help ensure a water supply to the fire water mains at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. We installed self-priming pumps which took the water straight out of the Mediterranean, and fed a collection of very high-pressure booster sets, which ensured that the altitude of the Rock posed no problem for the local Fire Brigade.
  • A fuel depot needed test units to monitor the operation of valves whose function is to ensure the prevention of huge explosions. Pretty important. Our diesel-powered, trailer-mounted units could be taken to wherever they were needed, and operated safely under extreme high pressure.
  • Back on the coast again, we mounted a set of pumps – huge ones – on a diesel driven trailer. They were for ship bunkering pumps, loading and unloading fuel from freight ships.
  • Water companies are huge users of pump technology as you might imagine. To help efficiency and economy, we have designed and manufactured automated, self-priming, multi-pump booster sets for use in water treatment plants for several companies across the UK and overseas.

The Unusual, the Precise – and a Tardis
We’re used to having easy access to supplies of industrial gasses in most industrialised localities, but when you’re operating in a desert, or other remote location, getting hold of what you need is much more difficult. Some more unusual things we’ve manufactured include oxygen and nitrogen production plants for bottling and providing these gasses on site. This provides nitrogen for flushing and oxygen for cutting in production plants, without the fear of an interrupted supply.

By thinking outside the box… we’ve managed to create some utterly unique and entirely practical solutions for our clients.

Then there’s the precise. We’ve manufactured instrument air packages for the oil industry. As you can imagine, air is the preferred means of motive power in any oil production facility, for obvious, non-flammable reasons. The machine we built provides compressed air for the air driven instruments in the oil production areas, which sounds pretty standard. Except that these are packages require extremely high quality, very, very dry air. This air also needs to be provided at a minus 70 degrees centigrade dew point. As in exactly. A demanding specification, which we loved being able to furnish.

And the Tardis?
A water company asked us to design a number of complete automated pumping stations. They added that the final product would be sited near roads for ease of access and so needed to be compact and reasonably discreet.

The stations needed to be secure, not too imposing, and contain a ridiculous amount of engineering. The solution we provided? Well, they hold a complete pumping station even though they are only about the size of a telephone kiosk.

They’re not blue, and they don’t have ‘Police’ written on them, but they certainly do contain a good deal more on the inside than you would expect when you stand next to one. We still need to crack the time travel part, but that’s a work in progress.

Hopefully this brief overview of what Cougar Bespoke is about may spark some ideas about how we can help you. Inventiveness, imagination and determined problem-solving are what we do.

If you’ve got a job that you think nobody else is going to be interested in, or that feels impossible to tackle, let us have a look at it. It would be our delight to devise an answer for you and solve your problems.

Give us a call on 01442 860000 if you’d like to speak to our team, or