Final whistle blows for AV Group’s time at the new City Football Academy

Manchester City Football Academy

Saying goodbye to Manchester City

Despite the onset of high winds and wintery weather we were determined to complete the removal of our units from the new the City Football Academy (CFA) last week. The adverse weather conditions meant we had to delay removal for a day or so owing to health and safety considerations.

As soon as we were happy that the blustery conditions had settled we brought in the removal team and, working with our crane contractors Sutton Crane Hire, we took all 57 units and a staircase off site in just three days.

At the height of the construction phase we had 64 units on site but have been removing those as the build neared completion. We spent several days prepping all of the units to remove jointing strips, flooring, columns, ceiling and facias so the units could easily be lifted onto the lorries.

Owing to BAM Construction’s arrangement with the Academy we could only have one of our five lorries on site at any one time so the fleet remained parked over at the Etihad Stadium as we lifted one unit at a time off the block and onto the vehicles for transportation.

All of the units are now back at our Denton site bolstering our 4000 strong hire fleet once more.

AV Group was contracted by BAM Construction Ltd back in 2012 to provide all of the site accommodation for contractors and subcontractors during the build phase, including the provision of a Visitor Centre and viewing facility. To read more about that click here

To read more about the City Football Academy and to see some amazing photographs of the facility click here.

There is also a great flythrough video available to watch here

December 15th, 2014|

National Graphene Institute almost complete!

National Graphene Institute

The National Graphene Institute is almost complete.

The AV Group supplied 21 Open Space steel modular buildings which include the highest quality accommodation for contractors including a canteen, open plan offices,meeting rooms, disabled toilets and washroom facilities and rest areas. The installation features a viewing platform to enable visitors to see the progression of the development.

Now almost complete the five-floor, 7,600 sq m, glass-fronted NGI building on Booth Street East includes a large research lab and two cleanrooms, where experiments can be carried out without contamination.

The world-class research institute is being built to help develop the world’s thinnest and strongest material which is almost completely transparent and is an excellent conductor of electricity. Two University of Manchester academics, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research into graphene in 2010.

December 12th, 2014|

Manchester City Football Academy Launches To International Acclaim

We are over the blue moon to have been involved with the development of Manchester City’s amazing new youth development and first team training centre – the City Football Academy (CFA) – which was opened this week by former manager and captain, Tony Book.

AV Group was contracted by BAM Construction Ltd back in 2012 to provide top-of-the-range site accommodation for contractors and subcontractors during the build phase, including the provision of a Visitor Centre and viewing facility. Visitors from schools, local residents and colleges were able to see for themselves, throughout the build phase, how work was progressing on this world-class sports facility. To read more about that click here

We provided 64 units which formed the welfare centre for BAM’s team. Later this week we will be removing the units but work has been delayed until the high winds die down due to the enforcement of our strict health and safety guidelines. We will report further next week on how we undertook the task safely given the challenging conditions.

The creation of City Football Academy has transformed an 80–acre brownfield site, adjacent to the Etihad Stadium. The launch was overseen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, who said: “I am a strong believer in improving sporting facilities for young people, which is why I am delighted to oversee the opening of the City Football Academy. The partnership between Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council is a benchmark for public private partnership, driving investment into the North of England and developing projects where business and the community benefit.”

Our Visitor Centre, and contractors accommodation can be seen in the photo above – the red tinted area on the left!

To read more about the City Football Academy and to see some amazing photographs of the facility click here

December 10th, 2014|

Supporting the homeless

For most of us Christmas is a time for families and festivities but for too many people it is a terribly difficult time keeping a roof above your head and it simply underlines an uncertain future.

In lieu of sending Christmas cards this year we have instead donated £200 to homeless shelter Emmaus Hastings and Rother at Christmas time. It is twelve months on since the final phase of our accommodation units were opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and we are very proud to have been involved with this incredible project.

Merry Christmas to everyone at Emmaus from all of us at Danzer Limited.


December 9th, 2014|

Wellspring Stockport Charity

We like to do things a little differently here at AV Group and if we can raise a bit of money for charity then all the better.
So, we are pooling all of our very generous supplier gifts and raffling them off to staff. This year the proceeds, which should be around £100, will be donated to Wellspring Stockport a resource centre for homeless and disadvantage people in nearby Stockport.

December 5th, 2014|

Christmas comes to Emmaus Charity

It’s twelve months on since the accommodation block we provided for homeless charity, Emmaus Hastings, was officially opened by, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

On the 5th December 2014 the Duchess visited the Centre and unveiled a plaque to declare Charlie Jordan House, officially open. Click here to see a video of the Royal visit.

It was the final stage in a journey which began back in 2009 when we were approached by the architect and project manager working for Emmaus Hastings and Rother, a homeless charity that provides work and living space for people who have experienced homelessness, or companions as they are known by the Charity.

Commenting on the building’s value and impact to date project manager for Emmaus Hastings Mike Edwards said: “We built the facility over three phases, with the first being installed in 2009 and the last in 2014. In all of that time we have had to undertake the bare minimum of maintenance, literally a lick of paint here and a replacing a shower screen there. But the fabric of the building has remained entirely robust and it has enabled us to be able to provide accommodation for many people who would otherwise have been homeless.

He added: “The original modules still look as good today as compared to when they were handed over in 2009. That is a good measure of the quality which, together with performance and price, is so important in the world today.”

The building is a 23 bedroom, en-suite modular accommodation block which incorporates management accommodation, a communal living room, laundry room, common areas and kitchen facilities. The facility also includes a bedroom with en-suite facilities which is used by any companions living with disability.

The 16 module building, which is configured over two floors, was manufactured, delivered and installed in three phases to enable the Charity to raise funds at each stage.

Emmaus Hastings and Rother provides a home and meaningful work for up to 23 people who have experienced homelessness. The companions live on site in the purpose-built accommodation and they work in the charity’s social enterprise, a shop selling second-hand furniture and other donated items, and a recently opened café.

December 5th, 2014|

Welfare units delivered to Piece Hall, Halifax

We have been busy this week installing 10 welfare units for Graham Construction at the remarkable Piece Hall in Halifax.

Graham has been appointed by Calderdale Council to undertake the construction work to transform this historic building, creating a new, state-of-the-art Central Library and Archive in the town centre which will open in spring 2016.

A long standing client of AV Group’s, we were delighted to be commissioned to provide the on-site accommodation for the team and contractors. The units have been installed in a linear layout which suits the incredible Italianate Square within which they sit.

The units will provide contractor welfare facilities including office space, meeting rooms, drying rooms and toilets. The units, which are sprayed in Graham’s corporate colours, have been stacked 2 high and are connected by an external landing and stairs. As the Council offices directly overlook the site we also sprayed the roofs to reduce the visual impact of the units.

When they were appointed by Calderdale Council Gary Hughes, Regional Director at Graham Construction, said: “The Piece Hall is a historic and much-loved building which is part of the fabric of Halifax. The refurbishment will therefore be extremely sensitive to its heritage.

Piece Hall to be restored, refurbished and conserved.

“Graham Construction is tremendously proud to be playing such a major part in this keenly anticipated facility. We share the vision of our project partners to see the Piece Hall caringly restored so it may continue to play a practical, sustainable and interactive role for current and future generations.”

The Piece Hall transformation project is being funded by Calderdale Council and a £7million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Grade I Listed building will be refurbished and conserved, creating a 21st century heritage visitor attraction, with a state-of-the-art interpretation and learning centre, a new east extension and a redesigned courtyard. Find out more at

The New Central Library and Archive will be wholly funded by the Council. It will be a striking building which provides state-of-the-art facilities for the community, supporting the Piece Hall transformation and helping to create an improved pedestrian route from Halifax train station to the town centre. Find out more at New Central Library and Archive.

December 5th, 2014|