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Archive for May, 2011

Miller's Crossing, Exeter

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Civil Engineering

45m long slender steel deck crosses the River Exe in Exeter allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross with plenty of space.

The deck is supported by McAlloy tie bars running up to a vertical A frame then onto raking A frames with the tie bars being held down with a 50tonne counter weight in the form of a millstone. The A frame stays are on the west bank of the river, between the river and the mill leat. Access was a major factor in erecting the masts and deck section.

The bridge was erected by installing the 2A frame masts and fixing the back...

White Rock

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Civil Engineering

White Rock Business Park (Roads) The works involved the construction of a 600m long spine road into the development, two new roundabouts (one constructed on Long Road), a 7,600m2 modular attenuation tank (the largest of its type in the UK) and associated works.

Torbay Council, the South West Regional Development Agency and Abacus entered into an agreement to develop an area of land at Long Road in Paignton into a high-specification business park.

Long Road is one of the busiest arterial routes in the area, providing access to Torbay College and several large commercial and industrial businesses.

The works involved the construction of a...

Torridge District Council - Appledore

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Building Construction

Torridge District Council - Appledore (Design & Build) Appledore is a living archive of fishing village architecture with the fisherman's cottages facing the sea.

The local fishing industry continues to play its part in the local economy and in 2007, Torridge District Council decided to invest in modernising the facilities for the local fisherman.

Their investment in the fish dock included work to three buildings.

The design and construction of a new two storey fish processing building containing: 

  • Storage and processing facilities
  • Offices
  • Welfare accomodation


The construction was preceded by the demolition of an existing car maintenance workshop and reclamation of this area of the site. The...

River Walkham Boardwalk and Magpie Viaduct

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Civil Engineering

River Walkham Boardwalk and Magpie Viaduct (Structures) The scheme involved four distinct elements, all of which acted as preliminary works to a timber foot/cycle bridge across the Walkham Valley.

This bridge reconnected the old Plymouth to Tavistock railway track at a location one mile north of the Magpie Viaduct, which SWH has recently refurbished. This scheme was completed for Devon County Council.

The elements consisted of a new access and track into the wooded valley off the A386, reshaping a 2200m3 railway embankment, the construction of footings for a board walk and masonry faced abutments for new footbridge over the River Walkham, which...

Shaldon Bridge, Teignmouth

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Civil Engineering

Shaldon Bridge, Teignmouth (Structures) This contract involved the renewal of Shaldon Bridge (which connects Teignmouth and Shaldon over the River Teign).


It also included demolishing the existing footways and construction of new steel columns.

The original lifting span was of steel and timber construction and was just 6m wide; the new span was fabricated steel section 7m wide plus two footways 1.5m wide and designed to take full HA and HB loadings. As the steel lifting girders were to be maintained along with the original lifting mechanism, the new section had to be of similar weight but strong enough to take the...

Yeo Valley Production Units

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Building Construction

Yeo Valley Production Units (Food Industry)

Works comprised extensions to the loading area/distribution bays and refurbishments to food processing facilities, including an office fit out, decoration, electrical, infrastructure and welfare facilities.

With the Food Industry, great importance is placed on site management, orderliness and cleanliness and our site team were able to demonstrate this, enabling us to negotiate further phases of work.

Take a look at our Yeo Valley case study to see more details.

 

 

Priorswood Primary School, Taunton, Somerset

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Building Construction

Priorswood Primary School (Learning Environment) This north Taunton school and foundation unit for children aged two to eleven years needed new catering and dining facilities.

A large new industrial kitchen was built right in the heart of the school. A brick building was designed to match the adjoining buildings.

SWH Build always offers a positive contribution and suggested all ventilation equipment be positioned on the roof to maximise floor space. The change was adopted and helped resolve the complexities of the mechanical and electrical installations.

SWH Build worked with the school to ensure the best route for a new gas main. New intercom, CCTV...

Wellesley Park Primary School, Wellington, Somerset

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Building Construction

Wellesley Park Primary School (Learning Environment) SWH Build undertook the construction of a new build single-storey building comprising three classrooms and a staff room with associated storage areas, toilets and cloakrooms.

Works also included remodelling of the existing staff room into a Therapy suite including provision for a hoist and accessible WC and shower area.

The new build was of traditional masonry clad steel framed construction off pad foundation and strip footings. Due to the natural slope of the site, a retaining wall was required to allow a storage area to be formed under one classroom and staff room. Floors were both beam...

Cornwall Council - Launceston College

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Building Construction

Launceston College (Learning Environment) SWH Build refurbished the specialist Technology College's kitchen, dining room, hallway and toilets. We stripped out some existing facilities and formed new masonry and stud walls.

Works included suspended ceilings and floor coverings. All decoration and mechanical and electrical works for the College were also carried out by SWH Build.

The works were undertaken during term time, so phasing was essential, with SWH Build managing to ensure minimal noise and inconvenience to the staff and pupils.

Ian Hoskin of Cornwall Council said: "SWH Build were very competent in everything they did; a good service and a good attitude from the company...

Brynsworthy Recycling Centre

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Building Construction

Brynsworthy Recycling Centre (Commercial Premises) This £4.1 million scheme, for North Devon District Council, involved the conversion and extension of a former meat processing plant to allow for the relocation of the council works unit.

Work also included installing solar panels and construction of a remote office and base for a weighstation.

The Contract included the following elements:

  • Internal strip out of the former factory and offices
  • Complete re-roofing of the existing building
  • Refurbishment of the upper ground floor to provide 3700m2 of air conditioned office space with associated toilet areas and platform lift
  • Refurbishment of similar areas on the lower ground floor to provide a disaster...