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SWH’s Surfacing Gangs prepare for Devon Air Ambulance’s Dragon Boat Race

Posted by on June 06, 2019 in In Our Community

18 members of SWH Contracting’s Surfacing Team are currently training hard for Devon Air Ambulance’s annual Dragon Boat Race on Sunday 22nd September 2019.  The race will take place on Exeter Quay, where the team will race against other local businesses and clubs to the finish line – let’s hope all their muscles from surfacing pay off!  

The race is to raise money to keep Devon’s two air ambulances flying.  Last year it cost £7.5 million to keep the air ambulances operational, helping 1109 patients, of which 11% were children.  The ambulances are funded by the generosity of the community,...

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...

SWH announces 2018 ‘Apprentice of the Year’

Posted by on October 03, 2018 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards

SWH is pleased to announce that the winner of their annual ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award is Ashley English, an Apprentice Roadworker working as part of the Plymouth Highways contract delivery team.  Ashley’s day-to-day duties range from developing CAD designs, to working to improve the footways and roads in and around Plymouth, all whilst balancing the requirements of his College course.  

Prior to joining SWH in 2017, Ashley had ‘hands on’ highway maintenance and construction experience, but did not have any formal qualifications.  Keen to develop himself further, Ashley asked his Line Manager if he could undertake an Apprenticeship with SWH,...

Employee Case Study - Steve Tart, Works Manager - Plymouth Highways

Posted by on March 08, 2018 in Company News

Employee Case Study - Steve Tart, Works Manager - Plymouth 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 enormous potential and was keen to take the opportunity to develop himself.

Over the course of the last 17 years Steve has risen through the ranks of the business attaining numerous qualifications along the way.  He holds a Street Works card, First Aid at Work and 12D Traffic Management qualifications.  His CSCS card shows an impressive 10 Highways and Construction NVQ's, in addition to full CPCS Plant Operator's card in various catagories.

SWH is proud to be...

SWH receives Presidents’ Award for safety

Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Awards, Company News

SWH receives Presidents’ Award for safety

SWH has achieved the President's Award and the Fleet Safety Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). This is given to companies who achieve a Gold award for 10 or more consecutive years.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said:...

SWH Group scoops Apprenticeship Development Award

Posted by on May 02, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News

SWH Group scoops Apprenticeship Development Award

SWH Group has been awarded the Apprenticeship Development Award at this year’s Plymouth Herald Business Awards.

The ceremony, which took place 20 April at Plymouth Pavilions, saw more than 500 attendees gather to celebrate businesses that have helped shape the city’s success over the past year.

The awards had 17 categories and were presented by Paul Burton, Editor of The Herald and Sarah Pullen, regional managing director for The Herald's parent South West Trinity Mirror plc.

SWH was shortlisted in the ‘Apprenticeship Development’ category for its work in employing and promoting apprenticeships in Plymouth and the wider region. SWH has been shortlisted for...

SWH employee shortlisted for Excellence award

Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News

SWH employee shortlisted for Excellence award

Anna Cooper (shown far right), SWH’s Project Skills Co-ordinator, has been shortlisted for Constructing Excellence South West’s ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ Award in the Image of Construction category.

Anna has worked for SWH for more than three years promoting construction related careers, training and apprenticeships to people throughout the south west. Anna has developed strong relationships with a network of schools and further education colleges during this time. More recently, Anna has expanded her work to help hard to reach groups such as the long term unemployed, NEETs (those not in full time education, employment or training), ex-offenders and former...

Multiple award wins for SWH Build

Posted by on April 06, 2017 in Awards, Company News

Multiple award wins for SWH Build

COACH Taunton

SWH Build is delighted to have won several awards for a range of projects in the south west.

It has been announced that the COACH Taunton scheme, on which SWH Build was the principal contractor, has won three Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards in the categories of 'Best Public Service Building', 'Best Educational Building' and 'Best Commercial Building'. The COACH Taunton facility provides a range of outdoor activities for the community, along with a café. The building was designed to blend into its surroundings and has been used by a vast number of community groups since its opening.