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SWH retains prestigious award

Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Awards, Company News

SWH retains prestigious award
Investor In People award is renewed after thorough testing

South West Highways is pleased to announce it has retained recognition of its Investor In People status.

After a thorough review by an IIP officer, SWH has been congratulated on its many successes and is continuing to meet IIP standard. Human Resources Manager Lesley Code comments: "We are delighted to retain our IIP status, we work hard to create a safe and structured environment for our 600 employees. South West Highways is committed to best practice and our retained IIP status supports this."

South West Highways has held this accreditation since 2004.

Employment level is high at SWH

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Company News

Annual Business Guide 2011 highlights SWH as top local employer

On 7 July The Western Morning News published its Annual Business Guide 2011, including its list of the top 150 South West buisnesses.

SWH was placed 23rd, the highest ranking in the construction sector thanks to our high regional employment rate. SWH employs more than twice as many people than any other construction business on the list.

Sandygate Roundabout, Exeter

Posted by on June 01, 2011 in Civil Engineering

Sandygate Roundabout, Exeter (Roads) SWH began works to re-align the central island to Sandygate Roundabout at Junction 30 of the M5 in the spring of 2008.

The works involved widening the carriageway either side of the motorway over bridge and included clearance of wooded areas and major re-grading of embankments.

The storm drainage system was largely altered and existing services repositioned or replaced. Temporary traffic signals were maintained until the new, permanent signals could be installed.

Due to the extreme volumes of traffic using this junction, the majority of works were carried out at night. To ensure the safety of both members of the...

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...