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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...

SWH sets gold standard at RoSPA Awards

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Awards

SWH sets gold standard at RoSPA Awards

SWH has had its approach to occupational safety and health recognised in an awards scheme run by the safety charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

It is SWH's sixth consecutive Gold Award and meant the company picked up its second Gold Medal in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013.

Dating back 57 years, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises committment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and...

SWH Build appoints Area Manager for Poole Office

Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Building Construction, Company News

SWH Build has announced the appointment of Luke Trussler as Area Manager for their Poole Office, commencing April 2013.

The growing regional office offers a local service reaching typically an hour's travelling time to Bridport, Yeovil, Salisbury and Southampton.

In harmony with the company's ethos of servicing local markets through local people, Luke is long experienced in the area, living and working there since he returned home from New Zealand in 2005. Since then he has gained considerable experience in the social housing sector.

In addition to area responsibility, Luke will strengthen SWH Build's offering to its social housing customers.

SWH receives City and Guilds Medal for Excellence

Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Awards

SWH receives City and Guilds Medal for Excellence

SWH and one of our employees have been awarded the prestigious City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence.

The award is in recognition of the achievements of apprentice Jed Saunders and the outstanding level of training SWH has provided.

Jed, from Exeter, has won the award for his fantastic efforts that have seen him obtain a number of qualifications and develop a high level of ability and technical knowledge in various Highway Maintenance operations.

In just two years Jed has earned a level 2 Diploma and NVQ Level 2 Award in 'Highway Maintenance and Excavation Operations', two further NVQ Level 2 Awards in...

SWH weathers the storm at the Grand Western Canal

Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Civil Engineering

SWH weathers the storm at the Grand Western Canal

SWH engineers worked through the night to secure the Great Western Canal after the damage caused by floods on Wednesday 21 November.

The freak weather conditions overcame the canal at Halberton, causing its bed to disappear and leaving a void down one side.

The engineers worked tirelessly to construct three dams at Rock Bridge, Grenway Bridge and Tiverton Road Bridge.  The works involved making the affected areas water tight, building a temporary retaining wall and dam and lowering the canal's water levels.

Peter Davies, Construction Director said:

"The damage caused to the canal is a direct result of the freak floods we have experienced.  Our...

SWH Invests in the Future

Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Apprenticeships & Training

Seven young men have engineered a bright future for themselves thanks to an apprenticeship scheme provided by ‘South West Highways (SWH) Training’.

The apprentices have spent the past two years learning both the theoretical and practical aspects of highway maintenance work, from traffic management to road construction.

Having completed the Highway Maintenance course, the apprentices were awarded with their professional qualifications; their CSCS Operative cards, NVQ level 2 in Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations) and Level 2 Diploma in Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations).

One of the apprentices, Sam Atwill, 22, who works for Glendinning, was recently awarded the Most Promising Apprentice in the South West...

Innovative way of working for our Joint Venture

Posted by on July 02, 2012 in Company News

SWH works in joint venture as the Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) Contractor for Connect Roads for the maintenance of Highways and associated works for the A30 and A35 Trunk Road from Exeter to Poole.

This is a joint venture with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services.

A section of the A35, totalling 8.5 miles, required routine and general maintenance. SWH suggested an innovative and completely new idea to the Highways Agency; to close 8.5miles of road for a 36 hour period and complete the necessary routine maintenance in one go. SWH suggested this for the following reasons:

  • By closing the road the number...