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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...

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...

SWH Civils undertake major extension to Marsh Barton

Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Civil Engineering

Works are well underway on the new Matford Green Business Park, with SWH Civils as the Principle Contractor for Civil Engineering and Infrastructure operations.

The major extension to the established Matford Park and Marsh Barton employment areas is recognised as Exeter’s largest commercial and trade centre.

Working with Eagle Land, SWH has provided the infrastructure for the first two stages of the new 20 acre business development, which will generate 46,500 square meters of employment space, including pubs, restaurants and retail facilities.

Infrastructure work commenced on site in March of 2014 and the second phase of the scheme has been completed this month. Site...

SWH Civils celebrate the start of Science Park project

Posted by on November 06, 2014 in Civil Engineering

SWH Civils celebrate the start of Science Park project
SWH Civils were accompanied by an East Devon MP this morning to celebrate the next chapter in the Exeter Science Park’s development.

Foreign Office Minister & MP for East Devon, Hugo Swire, joined SWH Civils at the Exeter Science Park today to celebrate the start of work on the park’s climate cluster, where the Met Office recently announced their next generation supercomputer would be based, subject to planning permission.

The cutting of the first turf heralded the start of work on the road opening up this new cluster, which has been aptly named ‘Upper Richardson’ after meteorologist Lewis Fry Richardson, who first...

SWH and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust work together to protect the environment

Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Civil Engineering, Environmental

SWH and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust work together to protect the environment
SWH Civils, a division of South West Highways Ltd, is due to start work on the Derriford Hospital Helipad facility at the end of October.  

The works will enable the trust to deliver an improved helicopter landing facility. Benefiting Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulances, it will also enable them to land at night, helping the hospital to continue to improve their services to the community.

The project at Derriford Hospital is due to finish in spring 2015.

SWH and the trust have worked closely together to protect the local environment during this time.

To facilitate safe pathways for the helicopters in and out...

The Official Opening of the Crediton Link Road

Posted by on October 08, 2014 in Civil Engineering

The Official Opening of the Crediton Link Road

Our Civils division accompanied Devon County Council Councillors at the official opening of the new Crediton link road last Wednesday.

 The scheme involved the construction of a new two lane single carriageway road. The road now goes from the roundabout at the Tesco Superstore onto the A377 and then to the junction of Commonmarsh Lane and Marsh Lane in Lords Meadow Industrial Estate. Peripheral works also took place to improve the nearby junction of Exhibition Road and Commercial Road by the construction of a mini roundabout

SWH Civils awarded Derriford Hospital Helipad Contract

Posted by on October 03, 2014 in Civil Engineering

SWH Civils has recently tendered for and won the contract for the construction of a helipad at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. 

This exciting project, which is due to commence at the end of October, will provide a new helicopter landing facility enabling  a wider range of aircraft to land at Derriford Hospital Emergency Unit. 

The works to be carried out by SWH Civils will enable the hospital trust to deliver an improved helicopter landing facility, benefiting Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulances it will enable them to land at night, helping the Hospital Trust continue to improve their services to the community.

SWH has proudly...

SWH receives praise for restoration works on Goat Walk in Topsham

Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Civil Engineering

SWH receives praise for restoration works on Goat Walk in Topsham

SWH has received excellent feedback after completing restoration works on Goat Walk in Topsham, a vital linking pedestrian route that is also of great historic value.

During the heavy storms at the end of January 2014, the historic walk was badly damaged with large sections of the wall collapsing, the concrete slabs making up the surface being displaced and broken and fill material being washed out with every subsequent high tide.

The existing concrete slabs had been cast on top of the stone walls which had left an unsightly edge. To carry out the repair work using the same method would have...

Grand Western Canal Swing Bridge Gate

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Civil Engineering

When carrying out re-shaping works on the Grand Western Canal in January 2014, we uncovered a 200 year old swing bridge gate and a full investigation was undertaken by the local volunteer archaeology society.

The gate had been buried under the silt in the canal for decades.

SWH weathers the storm at the Grand Western Canal

Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Civil Engineering

SWH weathers the storm at the Grand Western Canal

SWH engineers worked through the night to secure the Great Western Canal after the damage caused by floods on Wednesday 21 November.

The freak weather conditions overcame the canal at Halberton, causing its bed to disappear and leaving a void down one side.

The engineers worked tirelessly to construct three dams at Rock Bridge, Grenway Bridge and Tiverton Road Bridge.  The works involved making the affected areas water tight, building a temporary retaining wall and dam and lowering the canal's water levels.

Peter Davies, Construction Director said:

"The damage caused to the canal is a direct result of the freak floods we have experienced.  Our...