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SWH begins work as new road maintenance contractor for Plymouth

Posted by on April 04, 2017 in Company News, Highways

SWH begins work as new road maintenance contractor for Plymouth

Left to right: Anthony Payne (Strategic Director for Place at the Council); Richard Towl (Managing Director of SWH); Councillor Steve Ricketts; Glynn Bramwell (Commercial Director of SWH); David Binding (Chairman of SWH) and Adrian Trim (Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services at the Council).

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to SWH.

SWH is carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March).

All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure greater control over which works are carried...

SWH Build project shortlisted for prestigious award

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Awards, Company News

SWH Build project shortlisted for prestigious award

SWH Build’s COACH Taunton project has been shortlisted for the ‘Leisure & Hospitality Project of the Year’ category in the Michelmores Property Awards 2017. The awards celebrate outstanding property and construction projects in Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories.

COACH, or the Centre for Outdoor Activity and Community Hub, is the exciting result of a vision to provide access for youth, sport, education and community in the heart of Taunton. SWH Build was the principal contractor on this scheme which called for the construction of an iconic, functional and sustainable building. The facility has a café with outdoor seating,...

SWH Group shortlisted for award

Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Apprenticeships & Training, Awards

SWH Group shortlisted for award

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. 

Health & safety reporting results in £916 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on March 06, 2017 in Company News

Health & safety reporting results in £916 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust

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...

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...