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SWH begins work as new road maintenance contractor for Plymouth

Posted by on April 04, 2017 in Company News, Highways

SWH begins work as new road maintenance contractor for Plymouth

Left to right: Anthony Payne (Strategic Director for Place at the Council); Richard Towl (Managing Director of SWH); Councillor Steve Ricketts; Glynn Bramwell (Commercial Director of SWH); David Binding (Chairman of SWH) and Adrian Trim (Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services at the Council).

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to SWH.

SWH is carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March).

All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure greater control over which works are carried...

South West Highways Ltd signs new highway maintenance contract

Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Company News, Highways

South West Highways Ltd signs new highway maintenance contract

South West Highways Ltd has signed a new road maintenance contract with Plymouth City Council.

SWH will take over the maintenance of Plymouth’s roads from the Council’s current contractor from April 2017, with an initial term of seven years and the opportunity to extend this by up to three years.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “We’ve made it a priority to keep Plymouth moving and we want residents to receive a highways service that is efficient, innovative and customer-focussed.

“We went through a detailed procurement covering a range of criteria – from resilience and innovation to...

SWH makes road closures work for the community

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Highways, In Our Community

SWH makes road closures work for the community

In May 2012 the Highways Agency, now called Highways England, allowed its first ever daytime closure for routine maintenance on a national trunk road – an innovative idea piloted by SWH Group. SWH operates the A30/A35 in joint venture with Balfour Beatty and is responsible for maintenance activities.

We suggested closing 8.5 miles of the A35 for a full 36 hour period to complete all necessary work in one go, negating the need for several partial closures staggered over the year.  We put the proposition to the HA for the following reasons:

  • This way of working creates a much safer environment for...

South West Highways Ltd welcomes 222nd apprentice

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

South West Highways Ltd (SWH) is pleased to welcome its 222nd apprentice. Ruben Forrester, 19, of Okehampton, Devon, is undertaking an NVQ Level 2 in Highways Maintenance (Construction) – Excavation Operations which he will complete in 2017.

After enrolling at university to study filmmaking and media, Ruben soon realised that this path wasn’t right for him and returned home after a year. Ruben wanted to take on a challenging, hands-on role that would teach him a variety of skills and looked into apprenticeships for various trades, such as plumbing and carpentry, before settling on the scheme offered by SWH.


SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Paul Dainton who works for South West Highways in Newton Abbot is the second SWH Apprentice to have won this award. 

The 30-year-old was awarded the award at the City and Guilds of London Institute's annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony which was presented by Princess Anne, who is president of the Institute.

 Paul said: "I'm really proud of what I have achieved with SWH over the duration of my apprenticeship. I've learnt so many skills through the excellent teaching structure and I've been able to gain valuable experience from all of my colleagues. 

This experience has taught me that you're never too old to...

SWH & Balfour Beatty joint venture awarded £40m Highways contract extension

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Company News, Highways

An SWH joint venture with Balfour Beatty (SWHBBIS) has been awarded a £40 million ten-year extension to its existing contract to deliver operations and maintenance (O&M) activities on the 102 km A30/A35 Exeter to Bere Regis trunk road on behalf of Connect Roads, for ultimate customer Highways England.

The SWHBBIS joint venture was appointed as the operations and maintenance contractor for this stretch of trunk road in 1996. In 2006 the joint venture was re-appointed to deliver a contract with enhanced service delivery management responsibilities.

The joint venture has continued to build a strong relationship with Connect Roads, demonstrating added value and...

Employee Case Study - Steve Tart, Agent

Posted by on October 02, 2014 in Company News, Highways

Steve Tart joined SWH in 2001 as a road worker with some construction experience but no formal qualifications to speak of.

From day one Steve showed great potential and was keen to take the opportunity to develop himself.

Over a decade later and Steve now holds a Street Works card, first aid and 12D Traffic Management qualifications. His CSCS card shows an impressive 10 NVQs in addition to a full CPCS plant operator's card.

SWH is proud to be an Investor in People and as part of our commitment to the scheme; we take Learning and Development seriously and are keen to provide...

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction welcomes its first female Apprentice in Highways Maintenance

Posted by on January 01, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

The Construction Industry is dominated by male workers and many large employers, but organisations such as CITB continue to try and attract more females into the industry. In recent years the construction sector with the support of CITB's National Skills Academy for Construction has invested considerable effort into promoting careers to under-represented groups, and recruitment of females into 'non-traditional' roles is an area of focus.

Apprenticeships and Vocational Training are currently the most gender segregated areas of the Welsh education system.

SWH was awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status in September 2013. We celebrated our 100th Appentice in October 2013 and...

South West Highways wins Highways Agency Award

Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Awards, Highways

South West Highways wins Highways Agency Award

SWH delighted to be presented with a prestigious health and safety award at recent ceremony

The newly created supplier recognition scheme acknowledges the efforts of the HA's supply chain and their innovations which help them deliver a better service in the improvement of the road network in England.

Our application was triggered by an idea from an employee through our in-house suggestion scheme.

Road-worker Nick George and his colleagues had to regularly enter gravelled escape lanes to make good where drivers had strayed. This involved parking their maintenance vehicle on the approach lanes and sweeping the gravel from the carriageway; with their maintenance...