Lewisham Youth Centre Delivered for Young People

New Centre Delivered For Lewisham’s Young People

Community projects are always a joy to support and this £80,000 modular building we have delivered for the Lewisham Youth Centre (at Lewisham County Council) is no exception.

The previous Youth Club was a faded old building which was no longer fit for purpose so LCC commissioned us to create a brand new, anti-vandal facility for the young people in the area to enjoy.

Having been without any facilities on the site for over 3 years the young people of the area were more than ready to see a new building take shape on the site of the old one.

As you can see, the new building comprises eight 24’ x 8’ steel anti-vandal units, with toilet facilities, disabled toilets, UPVC windows with added security grills, kitchen and storage areas.

We delivered a full turnkey service including ground works, organising utility connections, commissioning and fit out to create a bright, safe modern space for young people to meet and participate in activities together.

The new centre is sited in Honor Oak in Lewisham and the client and kids are absolutely delighted with the delivery.

Commenting on the delivery of the Lewisham Youth Centre Dan Holloway said: “Youth Clubs are so important for communities as they give young people a place to gather safely and learn the skills needed to have full and meaningful lives. We are delighted to have been able to create this great space for Lewisham’s young people to enjoy.”


February 13th, 2015|

NHBC report big jump in built detached homes

NHBC reports highest number of detached homes in a decade, as housing registrations rise again in 2014

AV Group’s orders from housebuilders continue to look strong in January and February reflecting a national trend for building new homes and social housing. According to new figures from NHBC housebuilders are building the highest number of detached homes for a decade – more than during the peak of the property boom in 2007.

The report showed that last year there was a sharp 24% increase in the numbers of detached houses registered with NHBC from 30,849 in 2013 to 38,113 in 2014 with growth particularly marked in the regions.

Areas such as Yorkshire and Humber (+24%) and the West Midlands (+16%) saw big increases. Across the UK, Wales (+33%), Scotland (+9%) and Northern Ireland (+17%) all saw registrations out-stripping last year’s volumes.

AV Group’s order book remains strong with regular orders from many of the UK’s leading housebuilder clients including Barratt, David Wilson Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Radleigh Homes who use our steel anti-vandal cabins on development sites across the country. In addition we have also recently delivered site accommodation units for Wates Living Spavce whihc is developing social housing in Hull.

New orders have also come from clients including Pevril Homes, Croudace Construction and Higgins Construction and we are delighted that our new steel production facility is helping us to keep up with the stream of orders coming in!


February 13th, 2015|

200,000 new jobs predicted

Construction comeback set to create over 200,000 jobs

As we launch our new steel production facility to meet growth in demand we see news this week from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) that it is seeing a strong construction comeback, which is set to create more than 200,000 construction jobs and expand the sector by up to 2.9% year-on-year.

According to the CITB’s latest industry forecast, the Construction Skills Network (CSN) report, predicts an increase of over 8,000 jobs per year on last year’s forecast with the annual demand for workers increasing to 44,690.

For the first time since the downturn, investment boosts in housing, leisure and infrastructure will deliver growth in every region, casting aside perceptions of a recovery driven only by the South East.

The annual forecast also shows that:

  • The UK’s private housing sector is set to continue growing at a rate of 4.6% over the forecast period to 2019, with the commercial sector set to grow at the same rate
  • A resurgence of growth and employment in the north of England has the potential to create an economic power base in the region, with the North West set to grow by 2.5%, the North East by 2.3%, and Yorkshire and Humber by 2.3% annually, over the forecast period
  • The biggest regional growth will be seen in Wales, which is predicted to grow by almost 6% year-on-year and create as many as 5,320 jobs in the next five years
  • Scotland is expected to see a drop in growth from 2% to 1.1% over the next five years, as a result of completed infrastructure projects associated with the re-development of the M8 and the Commonwealth Games, but infrastructure investment remains at historic levels.
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    To read more about the research report click here

    February 3rd, 2015|

    Piece Hall, Halifax receives £250k injection

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    The multi-million pound project to revamp the Piece Hall in Halifax has received a £250,000 injection

    AV Group is delighted to be involved with helping Graham Construction transform this unique site in Halifax into a thriving visitor attraction. We have installed 10 welfare units for Graham Construction’s contractor team which are lined up proudly against the backdrop of the stunning Italianate Square.

    As construction work continues apace there is further exciting news this month that the project has also received a £250,000 injection from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

    Garfield Weston is a family-funded, grant-making trust which has been supporting UK charities for over 50 years and this money is supporting the conservation of the Georgian Piece Hall in Halifax.
    The Huddersfield Examiner has the full story here.

    The building work being carried out by Graham Construction includes major improvements to visitor facilities, including modern granite seating, level access across the courtyard, customer lifts, enhanced lighting and a central space for heritage events, markets and activities.

    Shop units are also being upgraded to modern standards, providing high-quality retail and business locations to attract a mixture of shops, cafés, restaurants and commercial tenants. Companies with a strong regional presence, as well as small, independent and creative businesses, are among those expected to be based there, creating local jobs and a vibrant experience for visitors.

    We are thrilled to be playing a small part in helping to secure a bright future for this Yorkshire gem!


    February 3rd, 2015|

    £1.3m Investment as Demand Soars

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    New Steel Production Facility Opens As Demand Soars

    One of the country’s leading manufacturers of steel site accommodation units and modular buildings has opened a new production facility following a huge rise in demand and a £1.3m investment programme.

    Nottingham’s Danzer Limited, opened the new steel production unit last week at its Langley Mill site and has also recruited a new Production Manager, Shaun Thomas, to oversee the expansion in production business. It is anticipated that the new facility will deliver a 50% increase in productivity in steel manufacture, delivering an additional £2m of revenue.

    Commenting on the new facility Danzer Director, Helen Scott, said: “Steel sales are really strong and we were struggling to meet client demand with just our existing plant. We have certainly benefitted from the surge in requirement from house builders as confidence returns to the residential property market. Another growth area for our business is in modular classrooms for schools and colleges as pressure continues to be placed on the education sector to replace outdated facilities and accommodate a growing population.”

    She continues: “We have also restructured the senior team and recruited Shaun to oversee our production operation which will enable my fellow Directors and founding family members, Bill and Dan Holloway, to focus more actively on sales and customer service.”

    The new steel plant includes an overhead crane, gas-piping system, welding equipment, spray painting facilities with full extraction and air filter systems.

    As part of the overall investment programme sister company AV Group is also undertaking a refurbishment programme for its 4000-strong fleet of hire accommodation units which are manufactured by the Danzer team in Nottingham. AV Group provides on-site accommodation to construction clients including BAM UK, Wates, McLaren, Grahams, Skanska and Eric Wright Group amongst many others.

    The swift growth surge has also come from house builders such as Barratt, David Wilson Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Radleigh Homes who use the firm’s steel anti-vandal cabins on development sites across the country.

    Family-firm AV Group was established in 1986 by John Holloway and today is run by Directors Helen Scott and sons Dan and Bill Holloway. John founded AV Group in 1986 after a globe-traveling career with other modular firms.

    In 1995 AV Group opened its manufacturing arm Danzer Ltd in Langley Mill and expanded to include the sale of modular buildings as well as growing its hire fleet. Today the company’s installations can be seen across the UK and the City of Manchester at key development sites including the recent Co-Op HQ for BAM Construction and also at the Etihad Stadium.

    Danzer Ltd manufactures all of its units in the UK and John has firmly resisted all pressures to manufacture elsewhere ensuring as many jobs are created and remain in the UK as possible.

    The firm is still a tight family run concern with sons Bill and Dan Holloway managing the company along with fellow Director Helen Scott.

    They provide modular units to construction firms, schools, sports clubs and healthcare providers across the country.

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    February 3rd, 2015|