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Final touches completed before the official unveiling of Theatre Royal Plymouth’s ‘Messenger’

Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Civil Engineering, In Our Community

SWH are amongst the many looking forward to the official unveiling of Theatre Royal’s new sculpture, Messenger, this evening.    

Messenger, an impactful 7-metre-high sculpture of a woman, was designed by a local artist to stand outside the theatre’s entrance, reflecting the creativity of this renowned artistic institution.  She was inspired by a pose struck by an actor during a rehearsal for the Theatre’s production of Othello, and is the UK’s largest cast bronze sculpture.  

The arrival of Messenger to Plymouth this week was a particularly momentous occasion for SWH as the contractor appointed to prepare the ground outside the Theatre to...

SWH’s Stover Country Park scheme featured on BBC Spotlight News!

Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Civil Engineering, Company News

SWH were delighted to see their works at Stover Country Park, just off the A38, featured in an environmental piece on BBC Spotlight News last week. 

The Stover Country Park scheme, delivered on behalf of Highways England, aims to prevent pollution from the A38 from contaminating the local watercourse and impacting wildlife at Stover Lake and within the surrounding area.

This £2.1 million scheme involves the construction of a specially designed reed bed system, including the realignment of drainage in the surrounding area to feed into the new lagoons. 

Having heard about the scheme, BBC Spotlight originally approached SWH to see if they...

SWH commences drainage remediation works on the A38 at Wrangaton

Posted by on January 20, 2019 in Civil Engineering

SWH has recently commenced works on a £850k drainage remediation scheme on the A38 on behalf of Highways England.  The works are taking place between Marley Head and Wrangaton and programmed to run for a period of 7 weeks.  The aim behind the scheme is to prevent on going flooding issues that blight the stretch during periods of wet weather.  

Works to be undertaken include; drainage improvements, the installation of new gullies and drainage connections in two carriageway crossings, and drainage improvements to the slip roads at either junction.  

The works will be taking place under contraflow and a series of...

Plymouth Coach Station, built by SWH Civils, is now open

Posted by on September 07, 2016 in Civil Engineering, Company News

Plymouth Coach Station, built by SWH Civils, is now open

The SWH Civils team at the new coach station


Plymouth’s new coach station, built by our civil engineering division, SWH Civils, for Plymouth City Council was officially opened today by Council leader Ian Bowyer.

Work began in January of this year and saw SWH Civils lead and manage the project from start to finish. SWH Build was also called in to carry convert a former Lloyds Bank building into a ticket office for the new facility. The coach station has seven bays, real time passenger information screens, sail like steel canopies to provide shelter, toilets, a staffed ticket office, ticket...

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

Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Awards, Civil Engineering, Company News

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...

SWH Civils makes good progress on Plymouth’s new coach station

Posted by on June 13, 2016 in Civil Engineering, Company News

SWH Civils makes good progress on Plymouth’s new coach station

SWH Civils has been working at the site in the West End of the city centre since January to build a new coach station.

The entire site has been levelled and perimeter walls built. Foundations have been laid for the giant canopies which have now been erected and will cover the eastern end where the passenger facilities will be.

The car park perimeter walls are nearly finished and the car park area and the road around the site is due to be surfaced later this month.

Outside the new station, work is ongoing in Mayflower Street to change the layout of the road...

SWH Civils shortlisted for prestigious civil engineering awards

Posted by on May 04, 2016 in Civil Engineering, Company News

Two civil engineering projects, on which SWH Civils acted as Principle Contractor, have been shortlisted for prestigious awards by the South West arm of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). SWH were also significantly involved in a third nominated scheme.

The awards were established by the ICE to showcase the breadth of work completed throughout the South West each year. SWH Civils’ shortlisted projects are the construction of a helipad and the refurbishment and repurposing of a disused rail bridge.

The helipad is located at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and was designed and built by SWH Civils within...

SWH Civils announced as contractor for Plymouth Coach Station

Posted by on February 02, 2016 in Civil Engineering, Company News

SWH Civils announced as contractor for Plymouth Coach Station
SWH Civils announced as contractor for Plymouth Coach Station

We are delighted to announce that Plymouth County Council has named SWH Civils as the preferred contractor to build a new coach station in Plymouth’s West End, following a competitive tendering process.

The works will see the existing, outdated coach station replaced with a modern facility that includes seven coach stands for National Express and Megabus routes, real-time passenger information systems, blue badge drop-off bays, customer help points, ticket machines, toilets, cycle stands, CCTV and ornamental lighting.

As well as the coach station, the contract also covers the provision of a car park with...

Goodrington Sea Wall

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Civil Engineering

This project involved the construction of a new 400 Cu.m reinforced concrete foundation, tied into the existing structure, and protected by a new sheet piled cut off wall.

Between November 2006 and March 2007 SWH Civils carried out repairs and enhancements to the sea wall at Goodrington. The existing 370m long wall was predominantly of masonry construction, supported on a shallow reinforced concrete foundation, protected by a sheet piled cut off wall. As a result of lengthy exposure to the elements, much of the foundation was failing, resulting in the wall beginning to move in places.

The works carried out by SWH Civils...

SWH Civils has completed the construction of a helipad at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Civil Engineering

This facility replaces the old grassed landing area with a state of the art helicopter landing facility. 

The new helipad provides a 24 Hr landing facility for the hospital which enables a wider range of aircraft than was previously possible to land adjacent to the Derriford Hospital Emergency Unit.

Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulances along with air sea rescue Sea Kings can now access the hospital day and night, helping the Hospital Trust continue to improve their services to the community.

SWH has proudly supported the Devon Air Ambulance Trust as it’s chosen charity since 2008, having raised nearly £5,000 for the cause...