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School children open innovative reed bed

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Environmental, In Our Community

School children open innovative reed bed

As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment and running a sustainable and profitable business, SWH Group has developed an innovative biological wetland treatment system, designed to treat waste water from roadside gullies, vehicle wash water and site run-off.

Once treated, the water can be recycled for washing gritter lorries and re-filling gully tankers.

Constructed at our headquarters in Rockbeare, the reed bed was officially opened on 23 July 2014 by students of Southbrook School, Exeter.
 

How it works

The system is a series of six cells each planted with reeds which have been specially cultivated to break down waste and contaminants...

SWH Civils receives ICE Nomination 2014

Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Awards

SWH Civils receives ICE Nomination 2014

SWH were delighted to have our recent Sidmouth Recycling Centre Project nominated for this year’s ICE Project of the Year Awards.

The scheme was entered into the over £1M project and the Community Award categories, both of which were fiercely contested. While our scheme was not selected as the overall winner in either category, the judges were extremely complimentary and commented; ‘by its nature, as a recycling centre, this is a sustainable project. Construction in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty introduced some issues to the project in terms of landscaping and public consultation.

The improvements in the recycling centre’s designed layout...

SWH Wins Poole High School Refurbishment

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Building Construction

SWH’s successful Poole Office, which opened a year ago, is delighted to have been awarded a contract at Poole High School.

The Exeter-based business which employs over 600 people in the West Country has a great deal of experience in the education construction environment.

The SWH brand, which is steadily growing in the Dorset area, is going from strength to strength and being able to take on jobs such as Poole High School, will serve to cement the firm’s position locally.

The work SWH are carrying out at the school comprises over-cladding of an existing two storey modular classroom building with timber cladding...

SWH receives praise for restoration works on Goat Walk in Topsham

Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Civil Engineering

SWH receives praise for restoration works on Goat Walk in Topsham

SWH has received excellent feedback after completing restoration works on Goat Walk in Topsham, a vital linking pedestrian route that is also of great historic value.

During the heavy storms at the end of January 2014, the historic walk was badly damaged with large sections of the wall collapsing, the concrete slabs making up the surface being displaced and broken and fill material being washed out with every subsequent high tide.

The existing concrete slabs had been cast on top of the stone walls which had left an unsightly edge. To carry out the repair work using the same method would have...

SWH Build completed works at Axe Valley Community College

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Building Construction

SWH recently completed building works at Axe Valley Community College seven weeks ahead of schedule. The works, carried out for Devon County Council, comprised of two main classrooms, a third smaller class room and a lobby entrance.

Our works also included the demolition of the existing rooms (including some asbestos removal) and construction of the building.

The construction was originally masonry, which SWH changed to closed panel timber frame solution for speed, and to reduce the amount of site traffic required to travel through the school.

SWH undertook all of the works from start to finish including mechanical and electrical works and used...

Grand Western Canal Swing Bridge Gate

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Civil Engineering

When carrying out re-shaping works on the Grand Western Canal in January 2014, we uncovered a 200 year old swing bridge gate and a full investigation was undertaken by the local volunteer archaeology society.

The gate had been buried under the silt in the canal for decades.

SWH take to the pitch for charity

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in In Our Community

SWH take to the pitch for charity

SWH’s Richard Trump, Works Manager, was recently tasked with putting together ten of SWH’s finest football players in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

A few of the team members hadn’t played football for quite some time, so it was all about dusting off old football boots, proving you’re never too old (or unfit!) to grace the turf and getting stuck in for a fantastic cause.

Once the players were chosen they set out to take part in a 6- A- Side Football Tournament at St James Park, Home of Exeter City on Sunday 27th April. The team, named South West Highways Ltd, were...

SWH is proud to support the Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Company News, In Our Community

SWH is proud to support the Devon Air Ambulance Trust
SWH were proud to present representatives from the Devon Air Ambulance Trust with a cheque for £502 last Thursday.

SWH has proudly supported the DAAT since 2008, having raised nearly £3,000 for the cause during that time. In 2011 staff voted DAAT to be SWH’s charity of choice which it has remained since. SWH and its work force of over 600 have since raised money for the local charity through fundraising days and in-house competitions.

The Trust provides emergency medical services through the provision of two helicopter air ambulances  covering the county of Devon . The helicopters are run by the Devon Air Ambulance...

A Taste of Construction

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH (South West Highways Ltd) will be hosting two career taster days on 27 February and 4 March 2014. The taster days will offer under-represented groups, in particular organisations that support people with physical or mental health issues, a chance to gain an insight into a career within the construction industry.

The taster days will take place at the company’s head office at Rockbeare and will involve a site induction, followed by outdoor activities such as block paving and finally a Q&A session. Each participant will also receive an SWH/NSFCA (National Skills for Contraction Academy) goody bag.

The second taster day will...

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction welcomes its first female Apprentice in Highways Maintenance

Posted by on January 01, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

The Construction Industry is dominated by male workers and many large employers, but organisations such as CITB continue to try and attract more females into the industry. In recent years the construction sector with the support of CITB's National Skills Academy for Construction has invested considerable effort into promoting careers to under-represented groups, and recruitment of females into 'non-traditional' roles is an area of focus.

Apprenticeships and Vocational Training are currently the most gender segregated areas of the Welsh education system.

SWH was awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status in September 2013. We celebrated our 100th Appentice in October 2013 and...