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SWH makes road closures work for the community

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Highways, In Our Community

SWH makes road closures work for the community

In May 2012 the Highways Agency, now called Highways England, allowed its first ever daytime closure for routine maintenance on a national trunk road – an innovative idea piloted by SWH Group. SWH operates the A30/A35 in joint venture with Balfour Beatty and is responsible for maintenance activities.

We suggested closing 8.5 miles of the A35 for a full 36 hour period to complete all necessary work in one go, negating the need for several partial closures staggered over the year.  We put the proposition to the HA for the following reasons:

  • This way of working creates a much safer environment for...

Mart Road Regeneration

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Building Construction

Mart Road Regeneration (Design & Build) SWH Build worked with Somerset County Council to re-phase the contract on this sensitive site ensuring works could begin as scheduled. 

Minehead Railway Station was opened in 1874, linking the town to Taunton and beyond. It is the seaside terminus of Britain's longest heritage railway.

The site was on the edge of the town centre, the location of the market and works connected with the West Somerset Railway – a new information centre and coffee shop, and a steam engine turntable; hand powered and the first of its kind installed in the country for several decades.

The whole...

SWH Build wins Best Education Project Award

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Awards

And the award goes to...SWH Build! 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...

New intake for SWH

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH has just announced it is to recruit several Apprentice Roadworkers.

As part of a two year scheme, the successful candidates will learn the vital skills needed for highway maintenance through on the job training and at our dedicated training facilities at Rockbeare.

At the end of the two-year Apprenticeship, each candidate will have qualifications in various disciplines, including a Level 2 NVQ, Traffic Management, Street Works and Emergency First Aid at Work.

Simon Bourne, SWH’s Learning and Development Manager, will be supporting the Apprentices throughout the programme along with a dedicated Apprentice Liaison Manager. He comments: “As an Investor in People, we...

Goodrington Sea Wall

Posted by on January 01, 2016 in Civil Engineering

This project involved the construction of a new 400 Cu.m reinforced concrete foundation, tied into the existing structure, and protected by a new sheet piled cut off wall.

Between November 2006 and March 2007 SWH Civils carried out repairs and enhancements to the sea wall at Goodrington. The existing 370m long wall was predominantly of masonry construction, supported on a shallow reinforced concrete foundation, protected by a sheet piled cut off wall. As a result of lengthy exposure to the elements, much of the foundation was failing, resulting in the wall beginning to move in places.

The works carried out by SWH Civils...

Exeter College names SWH Build Employer of the Year

Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Building Construction, Company News

Exeter College names SWH Build Employer of the Year

SWH Build has been named Employer of the Year for Painting and Decorating by Exeter College, due to its support of Apprentice Zach Miller

At the presentation on Wednesday 25th November, Bill Foote, Head of Construction at Exeter College said: “SWH is a company that puts the safety, care and interests of their employees first. They have always shown outstanding support for their apprentice Zach, right the way through his apprenticeship journey. Skills officer Paul Leaman has always been very impressed by the professionalism and support shown whenever he visited site. Pastoral care of apprentices is a key priority for Skills Officers and therefore for their outstanding commitment...

South West Highways Ltd welcomes 222nd apprentice

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

South West Highways Ltd (SWH) is pleased to welcome its 222nd apprentice. Ruben Forrester, 19, of Okehampton, Devon, is undertaking an NVQ Level 2 in Highways Maintenance (Construction) – Excavation Operations which he will complete in 2017.

After enrolling at university to study filmmaking and media, Ruben soon realised that this path wasn’t right for him and returned home after a year. Ruben wanted to take on a challenging, hands-on role that would teach him a variety of skills and looked into apprenticeships for various trades, such as plumbing and carpentry, before settling on the scheme offered by SWH.

“I...

SWH employees become Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Posted by on November 09, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH employees become Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Two SWH employees, James Clark (Road Worker) and Darren Guppy (Apprentice Road Worker) have volunteered to become Apprenticeship Ambassadors for the Plymouth Apprenticeship Network.

 The Network is an association of Plymouth based employers and training providers and, together with the 1000 Club, was looking for apprentices and ex-apprentices who can spare a little time to share their experiences and offer advice.

Full training is given, which includes attending a one day training session and then a follow up workshop. It is important that employers are able to support the Ambassadors as they must undertake a minimum of one school visit...

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

SWH, leading provider of Highway Maintenance and Construction services throughout the South West, has been recognised by the CITB as one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country, for the second year running. 

SWH became a National Skills Academy for Construction in 2013, and now works in close collaboration with local schools and colleges, with a focus on promoting the industry to younger generations.

 SWH invests heavily in quality training, determined to ensure a highly qualified, professional workforce. Established in 2004, the Academy offers a wide range of specialist construction training and engineering apprenticeship courses, often...

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Paul Dainton who works for South West Highways in Newton Abbot is the second SWH Apprentice to have won this award. 

The 30-year-old was awarded the award at the City and Guilds of London Institute's annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony which was presented by Princess Anne, who is president of the Institute.

 Paul said: "I'm really proud of what I have achieved with SWH over the duration of my apprenticeship. I've learnt so many skills through the excellent teaching structure and I've been able to gain valuable experience from all of my colleagues. 

This experience has taught me that you're never too old to...