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SWH Civils ‘Highly Commended’ for Derriford Helipad in civil engineering awards

A project undertaken by SWH Civils to build a helipad at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been confirmed as runner up in the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Project of the Year Awards. SWH Civils and designers Aecom Ltd received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the over £1million new build category.

SWH Civils acted as Principle Contractor on the scheme, which has enabled Plymouth NHS Trust to deliver an improved helicopter landing facility.  Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulances, along with air sea rescue Sea Kings, can now access the hospital day and night.

The awards were established by the ICE’s South West branch to showcase the quality and breadth of work completed throughout the region each year.  An awards ceremony announcing the winners took place in Plymouth on Friday 9th July.

In addition, SWH Civils was also responsible for the construction of a number of sections of Devon County Council’s Granite and Gears Cycleway Scheme, which was runner up in the Community Award category. These included the design, fabrication and installation of a cycle and equestrian bridge near Heathfield.  The 43m bridge spans the busy A38 and now allows safe access to Dartmoor National Park, Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey.

Civils Manager at SWH Civils, Jerry Bricknell, said: “We are delighted that our work as Principal Contractor in the construction of Derriford’s Helipad has been recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers.  We employ a talented team of local engineers who work together to deliver outstanding civil engineering solutions for the benefit of our communities, so to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation is an honour. We are proud to have been involved in a number of sections of the Granite and Gears project too. The success of the scheme in the Community section of the awards highlights our commitment to improving facilities within the region.”

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