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Wellesley Park Primary School, Wellington, Somerset

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Building Construction

Wellesley Park Primary School (Learning Environment) SWH Build undertook the construction of a new build single-storey building comprising three classrooms and a staff room with associated storage areas, toilets and cloakrooms.

Works also included remodelling of the existing staff room into a Therapy suite including provision for a hoist and accessible WC and shower area.

The new build was of traditional masonry clad steel framed construction off pad foundation and strip footings. Due to the natural slope of the site, a retaining wall was required to allow a storage area to be formed under one classroom and staff room. Floors were both beam...

Cornwall Council - Launceston College

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Building Construction

Launceston College (Learning Environment) SWH Build refurbished the specialist Technology College's kitchen, dining room, hallway and toilets. We stripped out some existing facilities and formed new masonry and stud walls.

Works included suspended ceilings and floor coverings. All decoration and mechanical and electrical works for the College were also carried out by SWH Build.

The works were undertaken during term time, so phasing was essential, with SWH Build managing to ensure minimal noise and inconvenience to the staff and pupils.

Ian Hoskin of Cornwall Council said: "SWH Build were very competent in everything they did; a good service and a good attitude from the company...

Brynsworthy Recycling Centre

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Building Construction

Brynsworthy Recycling Centre (Commercial Premises) This £4.1 million scheme, for North Devon District Council, involved the conversion and extension of a former meat processing plant to allow for the relocation of the council works unit.

Work also included installing solar panels and construction of a remote office and base for a weighstation.

The Contract included the following elements:

  • Internal strip out of the former factory and offices
  • Complete re-roofing of the existing building
  • Refurbishment of the upper ground floor to provide 3700m2 of air conditioned office space with associated toilet areas and platform lift
  • Refurbishment of similar areas on the lower ground floor to provide a disaster...

Torre Abbey Sands, Phase 3

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Civil Engineering

Between October 2009 and March 2010, SWH carried out refurbishment works to a 100m section of promenade and steps on Torquay seafront.

The works comprised the cleaning of algae from the existing concrete, scabbling all existing surfaces and installation of dowels, prior to overlaying the existing concrete with 120mm of new fibre reinforced concrete.

The works were located on the main sea front in Torquay, at a location known as Torre Abbey Sands.

The works were within the tidal zone and the various operations had to be carefully planned to make best use of the available 'dry' time. Access was only available from...

Old Exeter Road, Kingsteignton

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Civil Engineering

Old Exeter Road, Kingsteignton (Roads) The works provide highway and junction improvements to facilitate the future development of approximately 600 housing units.

They briefly comprise of the widening of just under 1km of existing carriageway, construction of a new traffic signal controlled T-junction, 150m of new carriageway, and junction improvements to an existing roundabout to change into a 4 way signal controlled junction with dedicated filter lanes.

The above works have involved:

  • A new positive drainage system made up of conventional gullies and carrier drainage and a shallow combined kerb drain system used to avoid the existing High Pressure Gas main running the entire...

Haldon Chalets Improvements

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Civil Engineering

Haldon Chalets Improvements (Roads and Structures) This complex multi-disciplinary scheme involved the closure of an at-grade crossing on the A380 and the construction of a new intersection, an overbridge and 1km of associated side roads.

All the works were carried out within a SSSI.

A specialist was employed on the site for three months during the construction process to provide ecological supervision relating to protected species including reptiles, badgers and breeding birds.

In addition the existing soil had to be screened to remove any large stones and chalk and re-used to form the new embankments. This approach was required, as opposed to improving material,...

SWH wins health and safety award

Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Awards

SWH wins health and safety award
Fourth prestigious award in a row

SWH is delighted to announce it has been awarded a RoSPA Gold award

South West Highways is pleased to announce it has won a Gold award in the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011. A great achievement, the company has reached Gold status for the last four years.

Tim Pegler, SWH's Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager comments: "We are delighted to receive this award again. It confirms our continuing commitment to health and safety."