Posted by Sarah Cole on April 25, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News
Anna Cooper (shown far right), SWH’s Project Skills Co-ordinator, has been shortlisted for Constructing Excellence South West’s ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ Award in the Image of Construction category.
Anna has worked for SWH for more than three years promoting construction related careers, training and apprenticeships to people throughout the south west. Anna has developed strong relationships with a network of schools and further education colleges during this time. More recently, Anna has expanded her work to help hard to reach groups such as the long term unemployed, NEETs (those not in full time education, employment or training), ex-offenders and former...
Posted by Sarah Cole on April 06, 2017 in Awards, Company News
SWH Build is delighted to have won several awards for a range of projects in the south west.
It has been announced that the COACH Taunton scheme, on which SWH Build was the principal contractor, has won three Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards in the categories of 'Best Public Service Building', 'Best Educational Building' and 'Best Commercial Building'. The COACH Taunton facility provides a range of outdoor activities for the community, along with a café. The building was designed to blend into its surroundings and has been used by a vast number of community groups since its opening.
Posted by Sarah Cole on April 04, 2017 in Company News, Highways
Left to right: Anthony Payne (Strategic Director for Place at the Council); Richard Towl (Managing Director of SWH); Councillor Steve Ricketts; Glynn Bramwell (Commercial Director of SWH); David Binding (Chairman of SWH) and Adrian Trim (Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services at the Council).
Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to SWH.
SWH is carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March).
All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure greater control over which works are carried...
Posted by Sarah Cole on March 29, 2017 in Awards, Company News
SWH Build’s COACH Taunton project has been shortlisted for the ‘Leisure & Hospitality Project of the Year’ category in the Michelmores Property Awards 2017. The awards celebrate outstanding property and construction projects in Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories.
COACH, or the Centre for Outdoor Activity and Community Hub, is the exciting result of a vision to provide access for youth, sport, education and community in the heart of Taunton. SWH Build was the principal contractor on this scheme which called for the construction of an iconic, functional and sustainable building. The facility has a café with outdoor seating,...
Posted by Sarah Cole on March 23, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards
SWH Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Development category at the Plymouth Herald Business Awards 2017.
The shortlist, announced yesterday, lists SWH Group alongside several prominent and prestigious organisations within the area.
Anna Cooper, Project Skills Co-ordinator said: “It is very exciting to be nominated for an award in such a competitive category. As a company we work hard to champion and develop construction apprentices and it is an honour to have been recognised.”
The awards ceremony takes place at Plymouth Pavilions on 20th April, where the winner will be announced.
Posted by Sarah Cole on March 06, 2017 in Company News
SWH has donated a record £916 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) following its annual campaign to improve health and safety across the business.
SWH has pledged to donate £1 for every Safety, Health, Environment or Quality (SHEQ) event (otherwise known as ‘near misses’) reported by employees. SWH recognises the link between the number of SHEQ events reported and a reduction in health and safety incidents and issues monthly updates to employees and reminders to continue to report events throughout the year.
SWH has been supporting DAAT as its chosen charity since 2008. Employees have repeatedly selected DAAT as the charity they...
Posted by Sarah Cole on February 14, 2017 in Awards, Company News
SWH Civils’ project to construct Plymouth Coach Station’s new car park has won the prestigious Devon & Cornwall Concrete Society’s ‘Civil and Structural Concrete’ award.
SWH Civils was appointed as the principal contractor under a design and build contract by Plymouth City Council to construct Plymouth’s Coach Station. A new car park facility was also required as part of the project.
The development of the design was focussed on offering cost savings, where possible, and to ensure the project’s tight deadline could be met. SWH Civils was able to suggest solutions that were more cost effective, time efficient, durable and to provide...
Posted by Sarah Cole on November 09, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training
SWH Group has teamed up with The Royal Marines Charity to support Royal Marines.
One of SWH’s objectives as a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) is to provide Taster Days for under-represented groups. This month, we offered a Taster Day to The Royal Marines Charity in Lympstone.
The Royal Marines Charity is an organisation that supports Royal Marines who face leaving, or have left the service due to injury, in their transition to civilian life and to help them to pursue challenging and enduring careers.
Ten Royal Marines attended and the event ran from 10am - 1pm, beginning with a site safety induction, followed...
Posted by Sarah Cole on October 26, 2016 in Company News, Highways
South West Highways Ltd has signed a new road maintenance contract with Plymouth City Council.
SWH will take over the maintenance of Plymouth’s roads from the Council’s current contractor from April 2017, with an initial term of seven years and the opportunity to extend this by up to three years.
Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “We’ve made it a priority to keep Plymouth moving and we want residents to receive a highways service that is efficient, innovative and customer-focussed.
“We went through a detailed procurement covering a range of criteria – from resilience and innovation to...
Posted by Sarah Cole on September 28, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News
Sam Moore with Glen Robinson, MD of South West Highways
SWH Group’s annual Apprentice of the Year has been announced, with the award going to Sam Moore, a Business Administration Apprentice working within the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) department.
Sam has been working at SWH Group for just over two years as part of his apprenticeship with Exeter College. His role is varied and he carries out a range of duties related to incidents, SHEQ Events, TRACA, face fit testing, calibration, LOLER and at our Annual Safety Days. Sam is often the first port of call for people requiring...