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Archive for January, 2015

SWH Supports Bicton College's Reach Programme

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction was pleased to offer a site visit to a group of students on the ‘Reach’ programme, a supported learning initiative at Bicton College.

The programme works with students with moderate learning difficulties between the ages of 18 – 24. One of the qualifications the students are working towards is focused around planning and participating in a work experience placement.

The government has pledged their support in ensuring more adults with learning difficulties find work. Similarly, SWH is also focused on ensuring young adults find employment and we have recently become the 50th member of the 5%...

SWH Civils Repair Coastal Zone in South Hams

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Civil Engineering

The A379 coast road between Torcross and Strete offers an important transport link between local communities, as well as providing a secondary emergency route to Dartmouth. The road sits atop a shingle barrier between the sea and Slapton Ley.

In last year’s storms, significant damage was caused to the single ridge and bastions. A substantial amount of shingle was washed away from the beach, including up to nearly half from individual bastions which provide protection for the road. 

Although seasonal weather usually ensures that the shingle returns during the summer, this hasn’t happened this year and large deposits have built up at...

Getting to know you Stuart Cheesman, SWH's Civils' Agent

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Company News

SWH employee Stuart Cheesman has been with the company for almost a year now, working as a Civils' Agent on high profile cases such as the Derriford Hospital Helipad installation and the development of the new Crediton Link Road.

An average day for Stuart will always include an early start, followed by a busy day of arranging plant, sub-contractors, labour and materials as well as liaising with clients and designers. To say the least Stuart’s average day tends to be varied and consistently challenging, but what challenges him outside of his career at SWH? 

Having two young children, Stuart admits that most...

Update on works at Exeter Science Park

Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Civil Engineering

Update on works at Exeter Science Park
Works are progressing well at the Science Park, Exeter, where SWH Civils is installing a Storm Tank.

We can confirm that the footprint of the new road has now been excavated and capped with stone. In order to meet the tight deadline for opening the road, key operations needed to be completed ahead of Christmas. Most importantly was the installation of a 100,000L storm attenuation tank. The tank was landed into position on the 20th December, leaving a couple of days to back fill and reinstate ahead of Christmas. Work to the new road is scheduled for completion for the end...