Posted by Sarah Cole on March 23, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards
SWH Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Development category at the Plymouth Herald Business Awards 2017.
The shortlist, announced yesterday, lists SWH Group alongside several prominent and prestigious organisations within the area.
Anna Cooper, Project Skills Co-ordinator said: “It is very exciting to be nominated for an award in such a competitive category. As a company we work hard to champion and develop construction apprentices and it is an honour to have been recognised.”
The awards ceremony takes place at Plymouth Pavilions on 20th April, where the winner will be announced.
Posted by Sarah Cole on March 06, 2017 in Company News
SWH has donated a record £916 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) following its annual campaign to improve health and safety across the business.
SWH has pledged to donate £1 for every Safety, Health, Environment or Quality (SHEQ) event (otherwise known as ‘near misses’) reported by employees. SWH recognises the link between the number of SHEQ events reported and a reduction in health and safety incidents and issues monthly updates to employees and reminders to continue to report events throughout the year.
SWH has been supporting DAAT as its chosen charity since 2008. Employees have repeatedly selected DAAT as the charity they...
Posted by Sarah Cole on February 14, 2017 in Awards, Company News
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on November 09, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on October 26, 2016 in Company News, Highways
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on September 28, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards, Company News
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on September 20, 2016 in Building Construction, Company News
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on September 15, 2016 in Building Construction
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
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on September 07, 2016 in Civil Engineering, Company News
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on August 04, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training
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...