Largest ever order helps laboratory rise from the ashes

Harlan Laboratories

Following a devastating fire in 2013 Danzer has helped International Laboratory Services (ILS), a leading food and pharmaceutical research company based in Derby, to rise from the ashes.

In what has been our biggest single commission to date we have provided no fewer than 64 LinkPak steel and timber modules to create a 48m x 33m building. The new state-of-the-art research facility opened last year and was instrumental in helping the firm to get back up to full operational speed as swiftly as possible.

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. Fittings such as autoclaves, incubators and extraction facilities were installed by specialist companies.

The completed structure is predominantly a laboratory facility with some sound-proofed office accommodation also included. A roof top plant room was also added to the design and we included a steel access ladder and door out onto the roof for easy maintenance since all air conditioning, plant extraction systems and other facilities serving the laboratories were all installed on the roof.

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.

Commenting recently in the Derby Telegraph ILS Operations Director Lorraine Bater explained how a high-risk strategy of sub-contracting work to the competition helped the firm to limit losses to 20% after the fire. She said: “The only thing we could do was to sub-contract out the work. We’re no longer using portable buildings and we are now able to focus on the next process which is to get our clients back. We’ve been in touch with them all and there is no indication that they won’t return.”

So a real Phoenix from the flames story for ILS which is great to hear.


March 23rd, 2015|

Chancellors Budget 2015

So another budget comes and goes, what did you all think? Great news for home buyers was our first impression and of course continuing to focus on investing in the Northern Powerhouse can only be good news for the whole country. The North’s economy grew faster than the South, with more jobs created in the North than any other region in the UK. George Osborne also outlined plans which mean Greater Manchester will keep 100% growth in local business rates which is great news for our home region.

A favourable budget too for many of our contractor clients who are involved with the northern hub and HS2 projects.

And the new Help to Buy Isa will certainly help first time buyers and in turn will be a real boost to house building. With the Government contributing 25% to first time buyer deposits via the scheme it is likely to stimulate further demand in the market, demand we are certainly seeing in orders from house builders for on-site accommodation units.

The budget also focused on strengthening Britain’s economy and the increasing rise in the UK’s living standards and with a penny off the beer we can all look forward to the celebrating at the weekend for sure!


March 20th, 2015|

Sun worshipping, super-mooning, and Friday morning frolics

The Denton AV Group team checking out today’s partial eclipse. Did you see it too? If you missed it check out the BBC’s link here


March 20th, 2015|

Self Raising for Red Nose Day!

Red Nose Day 2015

As promised a host of delicious baked treats were on sale at our Denton offices last Thursday and Friday, and we promised no soggy bottoms or under baked sponges – on the contrary the annual feast produced £150 in donations to Red Nose Day 2015.

AV Group supports Comic Relief every year – so thank you to our clients, suppliers and friends for helping Comic Relief pass the £1 billion mark in 2015!


March 17th, 2015|

Cameron Pledges 200,000 starter homes

200,000 homes available to first-time buyers

Britain’s housebuilding drive continues to go from strength to strength with the latest pledge from David Cameron to make 200,000 homes available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election.

It is certainly an ambition which is reflected in the orders we are receiving from many of our housebuilder clients. In the first two months of 2015 alone we have taken orders valued at £486,000 from clients including Taylor Wimpey Group across its branches in South West Thames, North Midlands, Midlands, Southern Counties and South Midlands areas and from Barratt David Wilson Homes (BDW) across the North West and North Thames.

The coalition government has already announced plans for 100,000 cut-price homes for people aged under 40. Mr Cameron said his party would double it if elected, giving more people the security of owning their own home. You can read more about the story here.

This is not only great news for first time buyers but for many of our clients in the housebuilding industry too. The House Builders Federation estimates that over 100,000 new jobs have been created in the UK by the increase in house building over the past two years.

But tens of thousands more people will need to be recruited and trained over the coming years as the industry gears up to meet the housing requirements of the country and deliver on the ambitions of politicians.

At Danzer Limited our new steel production facility is already working to full capacity, processing orders for house builders and producing welfare and site accommodation units for residential schemes across the country.

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

If you are a housebuilder and want to know more about Danzer Limited contact us on 0800 012 6563.


March 11th, 2015|

Anti-vandal units repeat order

Repeat orders from Avery Railweight for track side anti-vandal units

Danzer Ltd is once again working with Avery Railweight to install yet more anti-vandal modular buildings at key freight weighing points around the UK.

Avery first commissioned us to provide steel anti-vandal units to securely house the instrumentation equipment which measures the train weight and other related information. This information is then passed back to a management office for data records and analysis.

The units are installed trackside, at power stations, steel works and freight shunting yards.

Commenting on the selection of Danzer’s anti-vandal product Avery Railweight’s Operations Manager Mike Davies said: “The anti-vandal product is compact, secure and very robust, which is essential as these units are located trackside. Danzer has also been flexible with the variety of sizes they could provide and modified and adapted a number of units to meet our exact requirements.”

It’s great to receive repeat orders from happy client such as Avery and these unique, robust little units, fulfill an important role in helping Avery to keep Britain’s freight trains rolling.

Read more about the installation here.


March 11th, 2015|

Bright, bold and brilliant!

New classroom for London school proves a hit with the children.

We’ve got some great new images of the double modular classroom we provided last year for The Charles Dickens Primary School, on Toulin Street, Southwark, London. Our return visit to Charles Dickens was as part of a video shoot looking at all of the Southwark schools we supplied with new facilities and you can see the film here.




Often we don’t get the see our classrooms in full working order once we have finished installation and commissioning so it was lovely to be able to go back to Charles Dickens to see how the facility has been received by the children and staff.

Judging by the images and video the building is being really well used and the colourful canopy provides protection from the elements which means that the children’s learning environment extends outdoors all year round. The school wanted to create a building which was natural and organic in its design, and which would sit comfortably amidst its surroundings and a sedum roof and cedar cladding gave exactly the look they wanted.

The build was part of a £750,000 commission by the London Borough of Southwark to provide new facilities for three London schools. Charles Dickens needed a fast solution to the problem of over subscription at the school and a modular building enabled construction to take place off site while preparatory work commenced on the ground, speeding up the overall process from procurement to completion by many weeks.

Being in central London access to the site was challenging and Danzer worked closely with Transport for London to co-ordinate delivery and you can read more about that element of the project here.

The location of the school is also close to an archeological hotspot so we undertook extensive consultation with the planners and archeologists to ensure every piece of earth moved was examined and you can read more about what we uncovered here.

Commenting on the build Architect, Jeremy Peakin said: “ We chose Danzer from a list of approved suppliers because we felt they were small enough to ensure attention to detail but large enough to mobilise the resources of a bigger firm. We liked them from the outset and invited them to tender and were pleased that they provide both the best quality and lowest priced submission.”

Head teacher Cassie Buchanan added: “ The classroom has been well used by 60 Year 1 pupils and their teachers and a series of double bi-fold doors provide great access to the outdoor space which was really important to us. The teachers can use the external walls to pin work up and the building blends in really well with the existing outdoor space.”

Project Manager for Danzer Dan Holloway added: “We are really pleased with the building and how well it is being used by the children and teachers. It was a job which certainly provided some unique challenges with the archaeology and access issues but we overcame those and I believe the school now has a great, modern and functional building which will last for many, many years to come.”


March 11th, 2015|

Red Nose Day 2015

AV Danzer Red Nose Day 2015

With just one week to go to Comic Relief Day we are once again dusting down our rolling pins and greasing our tins and and baking for Comic Relief!

A host of delicious baked treats will be on sale at our Denton offices next Thursday and Friday and we promise there will be no soggy bottoms or under baked sponges on sale here, oh no.

If anyone is passing and fancies popping in to buy a top quality home bake cake or two we will throw in a free cup of tea or coffee !

AV Group supports Comic Relief every year with our legendary bake sale and you can read more here about the year Director Dan Holloway led Comic Relief’s African desert adventure, taking Dermot O’Leary, Olly Murs and pals in a trek across Northern Kenya.

Good luck to the Comic Relief team in 2015 and let’s hope they raise more money than ever before !


March 6th, 2015|