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SWH reinforces its commitment to Plymouth

Posted by on February 02, 2015 in Company News

SWH reinforces its commitment to Plymouth
SWH, the construction and highways maintenance contractor, is opening a new office in Plymouth on 2nd February.

The company claims to have both the largest and most highly skilled workforce of its type in the region with an emphasis on employing local people working out of local offices. It also has nearby offices in Ivybridge and Tavistock.

MD Ben Pyle says, “We plan to repeat the success we have enjoyed in Poole where we have grown our business and created genuine local employment. The only difference is that this time it’s more a question of consolidating a long history of involvement in...

SWH Supports Bicton College's Reach Programme

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction was pleased to offer a site visit to a group of students on the ‘Reach’ programme, a supported learning initiative at Bicton College.

The programme works with students with moderate learning difficulties between the ages of 18 – 24. One of the qualifications the students are working towards is focused around planning and participating in a work experience placement.

The government has pledged their support in ensuring more adults with learning difficulties find work. Similarly, SWH is also focused on ensuring young adults find employment and we have recently become the 50th member of the 5%...

SWH Civils Repair Coastal Zone in South Hams

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Civil Engineering

The A379 coast road between Torcross and Strete offers an important transport link between local communities, as well as providing a secondary emergency route to Dartmouth. The road sits atop a shingle barrier between the sea and Slapton Ley.

In last year’s storms, significant damage was caused to the single ridge and bastions. A substantial amount of shingle was washed away from the beach, including up to nearly half from individual bastions which provide protection for the road. 

Although seasonal weather usually ensures that the shingle returns during the summer, this hasn’t happened this year and large deposits have built up at...

Getting to know you Stuart Cheesman, SWH's Civils' Agent

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Company News

SWH employee Stuart Cheesman has been with the company for almost a year now, working as a Civils' Agent on high profile cases such as the Derriford Hospital Helipad installation and the development of the new Crediton Link Road.

An average day for Stuart will always include an early start, followed by a busy day of arranging plant, sub-contractors, labour and materials as well as liaising with clients and designers. To say the least Stuart’s average day tends to be varied and consistently challenging, but what challenges him outside of his career at SWH? 

Having two young children, Stuart admits that most...

Update on works at Exeter Science Park

Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Civil Engineering

Update on works at Exeter Science Park
Works are progressing well at the Science Park, Exeter, where SWH Civils is installing a Storm Tank.

We can confirm that the footprint of the new road has now been excavated and capped with stone. In order to meet the tight deadline for opening the road, key operations needed to be completed ahead of Christmas. Most importantly was the installation of a 100,000L storm attenuation tank. The tank was landed into position on the 20th December, leaving a couple of days to back fill and reinstate ahead of Christmas. Work to the new road is scheduled for completion for the end...

Career Progression Story: Focus Lloyd Phelps, Estimator

Posted by on December 05, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training

Lloyd joined South West Highways in 2011 and started his career within the Commercial Department. Initially his daily role included assisting the Build Estimator and Business Development Coordinator with putting together subcontract enquiries, pre-qualification questionnaires, ensuring all trade associations were up to date and carrying out administrative duties for the team.

From day one Lloyd showed great potential and was keen to take the opportunity to develop himself. As time went on he began to show an interest in the estimating side of the business and as the Build division began to grow, he started to spend more time assisting with pricing...

Announcement of Works Forde Road Depot

Posted by on December 04, 2014 in Building Construction

SWH Build is pleased to announce that works on Forde Road Depot, Newton Abbott, is due to commence in January 2015.

The project seeks to deliver an expanded Transfer Bulking Station facility which will enable the Council to collect additional waste and cardboard generated by up to 12,000 new homes. Teignbridge District Council’s Local Plan has identified this figure and therefore it is essential that a larger facility is created to cope with this potential increase.

The proposal will seek to deliver an improved Depot site at Forde Road to accommodate additional refuse vehicles and waste collections units. This will require some...

SWH Build has a great year in 2014

Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Building Construction

The Build team has had another good year.

We have continued to work extensively across Devon, Somerset and Dorset, with the works being managed from our Rockbeare and Poole offices. The size of our team increased during the year, with a number of key appointments, who have not only contributed to this year’s success but will be instrumental in our further development into 2015 and beyond.

This year’s projects have been a little more varied than normal with previous years having been dominated by our works in Schools. Whilst we have still been working in Schools we have also been successful in...

SWH Build hosts site visit from Teignmouth College

Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Building Construction

SWH Build hosts site visit from Teignmouth College

Last month Nick Ford and his team at the Broadmeadow Employment Unit site, Teignmouth kindly took the time to show around 15 students from Teignmouth College.

The students, who are currently studying for a BTEC in Construction, where given a tour led by Nick, Site Manager. The visit included a site induction, an introduction to all site personnel and their roles, an understanding of plans, construction type, followed by a Q&A Session.

SWH Build is currently constructing a three-steel frame industrial units at the Broadmeadow site, which is divided into 11 self-contained units. Three of the units have been designed for offices,...

SWH Civils undertake major extension to Marsh Barton

Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Civil Engineering

Works are well underway on the new Matford Green Business Park, with SWH Civils as the Principle Contractor for Civil Engineering and Infrastructure operations.

The major extension to the established Matford Park and Marsh Barton employment areas is recognised as Exeter’s largest commercial and trade centre.

Working with Eagle Land, SWH has provided the infrastructure for the first two stages of the new 20 acre business development, which will generate 46,500 square meters of employment space, including pubs, restaurants and retail facilities.

Infrastructure work commenced on site in March of 2014 and the second phase of the scheme has been completed this month. Site...