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Plymouth Coach Station car park project wins industry award

Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Awards, Company News

Plymouth Coach Station car park project wins industry award

SWH Civils’ project to construct Plymouth Coach Station’s new car park has won the prestigious Devon & Cornwall Concrete Society’s ‘Civil and Structural Concrete’ award.

SWH Civils was appointed as the principal contractor under a design and build contract by Plymouth City Council to construct Plymouth’s Coach Station. A new car park facility was also required as part of the project.

The development of the design was focussed on offering cost savings, where possible, and to ensure the project’s tight deadline could be met. SWH Civils was able to suggest solutions that were more cost effective, time efficient, durable and to provide...

SWH Group teams up with The Royal Marines Charity

Posted by on November 09, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH Group teams up with The Royal Marines Charity

SWH Group has teamed up with The Royal Marines Charity to support Royal Marines.

One of SWH’s objectives as a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) is to provide Taster Days for under-represented groups. This month, we offered a Taster Day to The Royal Marines Charity in Lympstone.

The Royal Marines Charity is an organisation that supports Royal Marines who face leaving, or have left the service due to injury, in their transition to civilian life and to help them to pursue challenging and enduring careers.

Ten Royal Marines attended and the event ran from 10am - 1pm, beginning with a site safety induction, followed...

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 Apprentice of the Year 2016 announced

Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News

SWH Apprentice of the Year 2016 announced

Sam Moore with Glen Robinson, MD of South West Highways

SWH Group’s annual Apprentice of the Year has been announced, with the award going to Sam Moore, a Business Administration Apprentice working within the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) department.

Sam has been working at SWH Group for just over two years as part of his apprenticeship with Exeter College. His role is varied and he carries out a range of duties related to incidents, SHEQ Events, TRACA, face fit testing, calibration, LOLER and at our Annual Safety Days. Sam is often the first port of call for people requiring...

Essential maintenance works at Bournemouth's grade II listed Pavilion awarded to SWH Build

Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Building Construction, Company News

Essential maintenance works at Bournemouth's grade II listed Pavilion awarded to SWH Build

SWH Build has been awarded the contract to carry out essential maintenance on Bournemouth’s Grade II listed Pavilion this autumn/winter.

Following a survey earlier in the year, the 1920s building, which has an Art Deco theatre and ballroom, cafes, bars, meeting rooms and performance studios, was found to need essential maintenance works. This will include stonework repairs and cleaning, repairs and relining of gutters, repairs to soffits and fascias and redecoration of windows and doors to the southern end of the building.

SWH Build, which has an office in Poole, was awarded the contract to carry out the repairs by...

SWH Build starts work on a performing arts centre in Plympton

Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Building Construction

SWH Build starts work on a performing arts centre in Plympton

Lisa Boorman, Plympton Academy Principal with Sheldon Roberts, Site Manager for SWH Build

SWH Build has started work building a new performing arts centre at Plympton Academy, formerly known as Ridgeway School, in Plymouth.

The new building will have two storeys to house music classrooms, practice rooms, a recording studio, drama studios and a performance space.

SWH Build will be constructing a steel frame following the completion of foundation works.

Lisa Boorman, principal at Plympton Academy, said: "The vision is for the facilities to be used in conjunction with the community. Everyone is very excited about the...

Plymouth Coach Station, built by SWH Civils, is now open

Posted by on September 07, 2016 in Civil Engineering, Company News

Plymouth Coach Station, built by SWH Civils, is now open

The SWH Civils team at the new coach station


Plymouth’s new coach station, built by our civil engineering division, SWH Civils, for Plymouth City Council was officially opened today by Council leader Ian Bowyer.

Work began in January of this year and saw SWH Civils lead and manage the project from start to finish. SWH Build was also called in to carry convert a former Lloyds Bank building into a ticket office for the new facility. The coach station has seven bays, real time passenger information screens, sail like steel canopies to provide shelter, toilets, a staffed ticket office, ticket...

SWH Group teams up with Aggregate Industries to train apprentices

Posted by on August 04, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH Group teams up with Aggregate Industries to train apprentices

SWH Group has teamed up with the local arm of Aggregate Industries to provide practical training exercises to Construction and Civil Engineering apprentices.

SWH Group has worked closely with Aggregate Industries on a number of community focussed initiatives, including the recent construction of a wheelchair friendly driveway for a paralysed lady in Ottery St Mary.  The companies have teamed up again to provide a practical exercise for a team of twelve apprentices as part of their ongoing training.

In this case, Aggregate Industries needed to construct a footpath around its asphalt quarry in Rockbeare, which is also used for the sale of...

SWH Civils ‘Highly Commended’ for Derriford Helipad in civil engineering awards

Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Awards, Civil Engineering, Company News

SWH Civils ‘Highly Commended’ for Derriford Helipad  in civil engineering awards

A project undertaken by SWH Civils to build a helipad at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been confirmed as runner up in the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Project of the Year Awards. SWH Civils and designers Aecom Ltd received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the over £1million new build category.

SWH Civils acted as Principle Contractor on the scheme, which has enabled Plymouth NHS Trust to deliver an improved helicopter landing facility.  Devon & Cornwall Air Ambulances, along with air sea rescue Sea Kings, can now access the hospital day and night.

The awards were established by the ICE’s...

SWH receives Gold health & safety award for 9th consecutive year

Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Awards, Company News

SWH receives Gold health & safety award for 9th consecutive year

SWH Group has been awarded a Gold for continuous excellence in health and safety by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the 9th consecutive year, as well as a Gold Award for Fleet Safety for the second time.

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the awards which were established to recognise and celebrate excellence in safety performance.  SWH Group has received a Gold award in the Occupational Health & Safety category for the past nine years, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the wellbeing of its employees, the community and the environment.  This is the second time the...