Danzer Limited Completes Largest Ever Modular Installation

The company’s biggest single commission to date was completed recently and installed in Shardlow, Derbyshire.

Featuring our LinkPak steel and timber modular product, no fewer than sixty four 33m x 48m modules make up this substantial building which will provide laboratory space for a food processing company. The building replaces one which had previously been fire damaged, was towards the end of its lifespan and was no longer fit for purpose.

The client’s requirement for a peripheral corridor running around the facility and half glazed interior partitioning to create different lab spaces was readily accommodated by redesigning LinkPak system’s steelwork.

We manufactured and delivered the units from our Langley Mill factory in Nottingham in four phases – supplying 16 modules with each phase. Our installation team handled the fitting of doors, trims and fixings on site, including making sure the exterior Steni Brick cladding lined up perfectly – a challenging task on a build of this scale. The laboratory team themselves undertook all of the technical fittings such as autoclaves, incubators and extraction facilities.

The completed structure is predominantly a laboratory facility under a ridged roof, with some sound-proofed office accommodation included. A roof top plant room was also added to the design to take care of systems such as heating, aircon and fume extraction and we included a steel access ladder and door out onto the roof for easy maintenance.

We added some nice design touches such as an Oak portcullis-style entrance door as well as recessed porches and canopies to provide shelter in poor weather.

Given the size of this order and the current strength of our order book we are investing in a brand new steel processing facility at Langley Mill so we can produce even bigger and more complex installations in years to come.

Photos courtesy of Paul Fletcher.

July 31st, 2014|

Peel Park Campus topped out

The development of the University of Salford’s Peel Park campus has reached a milestone with a topping out ceremony for the £81m project.

Graham Construction has completed the steel frameworks for the site which will consist of nine blocks ranging from five to nine storeys. We reported this project here, back in February.

Peel Park will provide a total of 1,387 new bed spaces across two separate sites.

Graham Construction started work on the project in November 2013 as part of the Salford Villages Consortium.

This includes Graham Investment Projects, Campus Living Villages, Equitix and Kier Project Investment, who have jointly invested and developed the property with the project finance being provided by Standard Life Investments.

The site is expected to be open by September 2015.

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July 24th, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: The needs of the sector

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores in this final blog about building for schools, how meeting specific needs might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE SECTOR

Schools need suppliers that will complete each project precisely on programme, and meet the deadline for completion on time. A vast majority of work undertaken in many cases is being undertaken during school closure. It is therefore critical that buildings have to be completed for the start of a new term. Buildings can be designed and constructed to permanent building standards and comply with the latest Department for Education guidelines for teaching and learning.

The use of modular construction radically reduces both disruption to teaching and time on-site, both of which are essential factors when schools have an urgent requirement for additional school places.

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July 5th, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: Talk direct

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how talking directly with the manufacturer might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
TALK DIRECT TO THE MANUFACTURER

When planning a building, talk to the manufacturer directly as all too often companies are approached after a design has been agreed. It’s much easier for all parties to be involved at the beginning, and you’ll be amazed at how expert advice can save you time and more importantly money.

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July 4th, 2014|

Iron Mountain secures the ideal vault solution

When project management firm Osborn Associates was tasked by US distribution company Iron Mountain, to create a storage vault at its Damastown depot near Dublin, our modular system met their demanding specification in all its detail. Given a very tight deadline, the modular solution made absolute logistical sense and we are delighted to have now completed our very first ‘overseas’ commission.

The storage vault will provide highly secure storage for some 46,464 Digital Linear Tapes (DLT) – an archive that amounts to a staggering quantity of valuable data.

Manufactured by Danzer Limited at our Langley Mill site in Nottingham, the three 3m x 9.6m steel modules create the storage vault which is linked to the main Iron Mountain depot. 95% of the fit-out was completed at Langley Mill in order to allow rapid installation at Damastown. Consequently, the units were pre-installed with insulated wall and ceiling panels, mobile shelving, fire alarms, a pressure relief system, security system and air conditioning.

A key factor in the project was ensuring that the tracking system remained perfectly level and we were able to draw on the previous experience of sister company AV Group which installed a similar system in North Wales, so this crucial task was completed without a hitch.

Our long term haulage partner David Watson Transport then took the units on three lorries from Nottingham via Holyhead to Damastown 45 miles outside of Dublin. The installation was completed and handed over in just four days, to the delight of Iron Mountain.

Osborn Associate’s Phil Osborn comments: “I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone for your professionalism, craftsmanship and overall effort to achieve this exceptional result of which you should be rightfully proud. Also the spirit of cooperation has made this scheme a real pleasure on which to work and personally interact with you all.”

Further collaborations with Osborn Associates are likely later this year, to deliver similar installations for Iron Mountain across Europe as we take our operation international.

July 3rd, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: Offsite Construction

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how offsite construction might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
MANUFACTURING OFFSITE

Offsite construction has become a buzz word in the building industry, but it is not new to modular building sector. The industry as been manufacturing in excess of 75 years in an offsite capacity and it is great to see companies such as Danzer and other members of the MPBA (check out the web site www.mpba.biz) manufacturing everything here in the UK. Modern factories now produce hi-tech buildings with quality control in place. Delivery dates are met with no delays due to weather conditions.

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July 3rd, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: Turnkey Solutions

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how turnkey modular buildings might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
A FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION

When looking at either replacing, extending, or adding to existing structures, modular buildings can meet any criteria set. High quality modular accommodation is flexible enough to meet all applications. Layout and design services are available from suppliers including expert advice on planning issues, building regulations and safety requirements. Site preparation and fast installation with minimum disruption can be achieved using modular systems. Transport, groundworks, and commissioning can be part of a turnkey package by using just one company and one contact. And crucially, the industry offers guaranteed delivery dates with buildings that are quality controlled in a factory.

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July 2nd, 2014|

The merits of Modular Building methods for Schools : Image

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in the first of a series of blogs about building for schools, how modular buildings might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
The education sector faces continued pressure to provide high quality learning environments for the UK’s growing population. It has been estimated that more then 250,000 new school places will have to be created nationally by 2014/2015 which will have a huge impact on education facilities across the country.

With this urgent requirement for school places, and the continued change in standards and regulations, the modular building industry has risen to the challenge. This, coupled with the schools’ expectations of first class facilities and a swift turn around, has seen the modular building industry rise to the challenge and it is helping to provide fast, affordable buildings for schools across the land. It is a solution which provides modern comfortable and functional facilities that comply with current building regulations, and crucially, take into account carbon reduction alongside ‘green’ issues. With the ever increasing demands for energy efficiency, the industry can supply school buildings that are available for both purchase or hire.

MOVING AWAY FROM THE STALE IMAGE

Companies such as AV Danzer have embraced changes to meet the requirements of new regulations, and buildings that are supplied today need not look like boxes or the old image of site huts without any character. Today we have reached a point where it is difficult to tell them apart from traditional developments and these buildings can also meet todays exacting budgets constraints. Buildings can be designed to accommodate a wide range of applications, such as laboratories, art rooms, dance studios, technology rooms, IT suites, general classrooms, receptions, kitchen and dining facilities, and offices.

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July 1st, 2014|

New projects order is a boost for the AV Group

We’re delighted with our recent order book amounting to over £732,000. We have received confirmation for 3 projects for Southwark Council. All 3 projects are for Primary School expansions at Keyworth, Grange and Albion.

July 1st, 2014|

£5m investment in Liverpool school

When Merchant Taylors’ school in Crosby, Liverpool decided to invest £5m in the re-development of the Girls’ Junior and Mixed Infant school they turned to Eric Wright Construction to help deliver the new building. In turn our long standing client Eric Wright, asked AV Group to support the project and provide the usual site accommodation services. We were delighted to help and have supplied six office units which incorporate a canteen, showers and drying rooms, toilet block, office spaces and a conference room.

So far so good, but when the construction team hit the point in the build programme where they had to demolish the existing school kitchen and dining facilities, before building new ones, it left the team needing to find a solution to feed up to 300 children each day in a clean, safe and hygienic space.

We knew that we could very quickly deliver and install a suitable space and supplied four Openspace modules as a temporary dining facility. We upgraded the units to give a completely open area with no support posts. This enabled the dining room to be set up so that the pupils could eat their meals in a fit for purpose environment, not off their knees in a classroom!

Commenting on the instruction Eric Wright project Manager Kevin Burgoyne said: “I always enjoy working with the AV Group team as I know they deliver on time and on target. They really pulled out the stops to provide the temporary dining facility which is perfect. As there are no intermediate walls or supporting columns the space can easily be configured by the staff to accommodate as many pupils as possible. “

He added: “The pupils are extremely excited about the project and were even more so when England Captain Steven Gerrard popped in to sign a steel girder to mark the investment.”

The ongoing two-phase major redevelopment , which began in July 2013, will deliver a two storey extension, forming new classrooms, specialist teaching rooms and offices to enhance the schools’ facilities for the next generation of pupils and is due for completion in early 2015.

More information about Eric Wright’s building programme can be found here.

July 1st, 2014|