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SWH Invests in the Future

Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Apprenticeships & Training

Seven young men have engineered a bright future for themselves thanks to an apprenticeship scheme provided by ‘South West Highways (SWH) Training’.

The apprentices have spent the past two years learning both the theoretical and practical aspects of highway maintenance work, from traffic management to road construction.

Having completed the Highway Maintenance course, the apprentices were awarded with their professional qualifications; their CSCS Operative cards, NVQ level 2 in Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations) and Level 2 Diploma in Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations).

One of the apprentices, Sam Atwill, 22, who works for Glendinning, was recently awarded the Most Promising Apprentice in the South West...

Innovative way of working for our Joint Venture

Posted by on July 02, 2012 in Company News

SWH works in joint venture as the Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) Contractor for Connect Roads for the maintenance of Highways and associated works for the A30 and A35 Trunk Road from Exeter to Poole.

This is a joint venture with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services.

A section of the A35, totalling 8.5 miles, required routine and general maintenance. SWH suggested an innovative and completely new idea to the Highways Agency; to close 8.5miles of road for a 36 hour period and complete the necessary routine maintenance in one go. SWH suggested this for the following reasons:

  • By closing the road the number...

RoSPA Gold for SWH

Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Awards

RoSPA Gold for SWH

South West Highways is delighted to be awarded a RoSPA Gold Medal Award for Occupational Health and Safety

After recieving five consecutive RoSPA Gold medals, SWH has been presented with a special award at a recent gala dinner.

SWH were given the award after recieving 5 consecutive RoSPA Gold medals. It represents the constant commitment to raising the standards of health and safety management within the large organisation.

SWH's Health and Safety Manager, Tim Pegler, comments: "This award cements our commitment to improving health and safety across the entire orginsation and we are delighted to be recognised for constantly working to improve standards...

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...

And the award goes to...SWH Build!

Posted by on October 07, 2011 in Awards, Building Construction

SWH Build project wins Best Education Project Award at the LA Building Cermony in Taunton

A project undertaken at Wellesley Park Primary School has been awarded the Somerset LABC "Best Education Project Award"

SWH Build started works at Wellesley Park Primary School in June 2010. The scheme consisted the controlled demolition of an existing classroom and the build of three classrooms, a staff room and a facilities room. The company is delighted the project won the award. SWH Build Manager, Mark Bradley, comments: "The project went really well and we worked closely with the school to ensure everything went to plan the...

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...