Posted by Sarah Cole on September 18, 2014 in Building Construction
The works took place at the school from May until August, with SWH Build working to a non-negotiable deadline to coincide with the start of a new school year.
The programme of work involved the reroofing and recladding of existing porta cabin buildings, internal alterations, rock panel cladding and installing new windows and doors throughout.
SWH Build were up against the clock from the offset and other issues such as tight access and adapting to a live environment were also challenging for the team, led by Area Manager...
Posted by Sarah Cole on September 17, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training, In Our Community
SWH were pleased to donate £250 to Southbrook School in Exeter in a bid to support their part in a local Go Kart Challenge.
Andrew Plumber, Business Manager at SWH, visited the school alongside Project Skills Coordinator, Anna Cooper to present the cheque and to be given a guided tour of the school’s facilities by Assistant Head, Alan Tilley.
Lee Hutchinson from SWH workshops also attended the visit to assist the pupils with the building and assembling of the kart.
Southbrook is a successful secondary special school for pupils, aged between 11 and 16, with varied complex needs and abilities including moderate or...
Posted by Sarah Cole on August 14, 2014 in Building Construction
Work on a £1.16m Enterprise Centre in Highbridge which will create jobs and boost the local economy is taking shape, with a number of key milestones reached.
Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall led a delegation of Councillors to meet with managing agent of the site TDA and contractor South West Highways Ltd to see developments first hand.
Cllr Hall was joined by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Peter Downing; Deputy Mayor of Burnham-on-sea and Highbridge, Cllr Mike Mansfield; Richard Towl from contractor South West Highways Build and Adrian Sheen representing TDA.
“I am delighted to see that...
SWH National Skills Academy for Construction offers meaningful Work Experience Placements in Construction
Posted by Sarah Cole on July 29, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training
South West Highways Ltd has joined forces with a local organisation (Pluss) that supports people with disabilities to achieve work by delivering meaningful work experience placements
As part of SWH’s National Skills Academy for Construction Programme we have committed to providing meaningful work placements to support candidates from disadvantaged groups who are struggling to find work in the construction industry.
Anna Cooper, the Project Skills Co-ordinator driving the National Skills Academy for Construction at SWH, has formed a strong partnership with a local organisation called Pluss. Pluss is a Social Enterprise that works with more than 5000 disabled people each year...
Posted by Sarah Cole on July 24, 2014 in Environmental, In Our Community
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,
The system is a series of six cells each planted with reeds which have been specially cultivated to break down waste and contaminants...
Posted by Sarah Cole on July 10, 2014 in Awards
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole 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...
Posted by Sarah Cole on June 18, 2014 in Civil Engineering
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...
Posted by Sarah Cole 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...
Posted by Sarah Cole 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.