International team news

Red Mountain AV Group Danzer Red Mountain Bill Holloway

More news on the expansion of Danzer’s international business.

Here’s an update from our intrepid team which oversaw the recent installation of a document storage facility for Iron Mountain in Helsinki on behalf of our long standing client Osborn Associates.

Bill Holloway supervised the delivery, working with Andrew Little and Paul Fletcher and, in his own words, tells about battling the increasingly stormy seas to ensure the project was delivered on time and in perfect condition.

“It took just one month to build and fit out the four HighLine modules from our Nottingham production unit. Once this stage was complete we loaded up onto the articulated trailers and were all ready to head off in the direction of Hull Docks, Helsinki-bound. At the precisely the same time we were advise of long delays in the North Sea due to the relentless stormy weather we experienced across Europe in December.

“Prior to departure the windy weather continued which meant that the ship we were booked on, the MV Misida, was now running 5 days behind schedule! With our flights already booked well in advance and no other seats available on later flights we were starting to get very worried that all of our careful planning would come unstuck.

Thankfully our carrier was able to find space for our cargo on another ship at the last minute and we were able to stick to our original shipping schedule.

“On the day of departure Storm Desmond reared his ugly head and our shipping contractor had to move us onto an alternative carrier, the massive MV Finnhawk – It’s a roll-on, roll-off cargo ferry which looked like it would stand a pretty good chance against anything the North Sea fancied throwing at us. It was certainly very reassuring knowing that our precious cargo was on board such a colossus !!

“Three days later the units rolled off at port in Helsinki and we were mightily relieved to see that everything was intact and in perfect condition despite the treacherous crossing.

“We drove to site and arrived two days later where our pre-booked cranes were ready and waiting to lift the units off the transporters and lower them onto skates in readiness to be gently rolled into place within a warehouse on site.

“Once the erection and linking was done the sub contractors moved in swiftly to finish their work and the building was handed over to a very happy client, on schedule on the 17th December.

“To our delight we even had time for a day of sightseeing around the beautiful city of Helsinki before flying home for Christmas. At least by then the storms had abated a little thank goodness!”

January 28th, 2016|

Second Modular Classroom For Nottingham School

Costock Primary School Nottingham AV Group Danzer

It’s great to see that the finishing touches are now in place for the second of the classrooms that we have created for Nottingham County Council this year.

Costock Primary School desperately needed more room for its expanding community. Danzer was commissioned by the local authority to build a brand new modular classroom, creating a bright modern learning space for the children and teachers alike.

The building was constructed by our team at Langley Mill during the summer months and was delivered and installed by us in good time for the start of the September term.

As you can see from the pictures the children now have a fantastic, bright and cheery space in which to study. We included standard and disabled toilets, an all-important storeroom and a kitchen/staff room in which the adults can relax.

Costock Primary School Nottingham AV Group DanzerAn entrance lobby was also designed in so that the children have somewhere for their boots, coats and bags which keeps the clutter out of the classrooms.

Other finishing touches included external insulated render, insulated walls, floor and roof, double glazed windows and doors and two remote controlled roof lights.

These extra energy saving additions have helped to secure an A grade energy performance rating for the building.

Our installation team carried out all of the necessary ground works including laying the foundations with reinforced concrete beams to counter the especially heavy clay soil.
Costock Primary School Nottingham AV Group Danzer

The overall building height is 4m which required us to transport the units on articulated low loaders. As access on site was also tight, they were then transferred on to a rigid vehicle which travelled across a trackway which was put in place to protect the school grass. They were then lifted into their final position and commissioned for use with all services being fully connected.

Judging by the photographs the children and teachers are both making the most of this fantastic new educational space!

Costock is one of many educational modular buildings we have created. To find out more about how we can deliver cost-efficient building solutions for schools and colleges click here.

Costock Primary School Nottingham AV Group Danzer


January 27th, 2016|

Building For Britain With New Homes In London

Building For Britain With New Homes In London

We continue to help house builders right across the country to build new properties to meet the country’s significant new housing requirement.

We’ve leased 18 modules to new client Berkley St James Group to provide site accommodation at its Smithfield Square development in Hornsey, London in a project worth around £250,000.

Smithfield Square is a collection of 270 units, consisting of luxury suites and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, with a gym, concierge service, underground parking and private gardens. The development has already seen significant investment for the Middle East as value in the grittier parts of London continue to rise.

The units will provide all the usual contractor accommodation over two floors during the build phase of the development and on this project we have included a rainwater capture and harvest system to ensure all water on site is re-used as efficiently as possible.

The units will be in place until Spring/Summer 2017 and we have subsequently begun additional contracts with Berkley St James who were delighted with the job we had done.

January 27th, 2016|

Introducing James Kelly our H&S man!

James Kelly, Health and Safety for AV Group and Danzer

When did you join Danzer ?
Just this summer in June 2015
What did you do previously ?
I worked in the Royal Navy specialising in Counter Terrorism and Anti Piracy operations in the Middle East. I then left to study for my NEBOSH Health and Safety qualifications and I hope to start my Diploma in the coming months.
What does the role involve ?
The role involves the maintenance of health and safety systems and to effectively communicate these to the staff at both AV Group/ and Danzer. I also conduct awareness training for the staff to increase the Health and Safety culture amongst employees and am bringing in new, cost-effective procedures that help maintain a safe workplace environment.
Are there any particular challenges you are having to tackle?
I work nationwide covering depots in Essex, Manchester and Nottingham, so the biggest challenge for me is to understand the different working practices that the staff are used to in all 3 depots. In the health and safety industry there are always grey areas that can need clarification and when that does happen being part of organisations such as
the ‘Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group’ I am never short of experience professional advice.
What is the firm’s H&S policy ?
Here at AV Group and Danzer we insist on the very highest standards of Health and Safety amongst our employees and sub contractors. Myself and Mike Walker strive to maintain high standards and we do this by conducting the relevant training, performing suitable and sufficient risk assessments, keeping all of the plant and equipment tested and safe at all times.
What was the first change you made when you came in?

One of the changes I made when I first arrived was to the training methods. Prior to my employment the training was conducted on a one to one basis via a internet portal. Now I conduct the training by doing presentations using a projector with testing procedures on completion to assess knowledge.
How do you involve so many people in H&S especially when you have three depots and lots of off-site work to consider?
I involve everybody by visiting the different depots weekly, carrying out various checks and delivering toolbox talks alongside assessments to keep everyone up to date and current.


January 27th, 2016|

Repeat Orders from Renaker Build

Danzer Limited has completed its third job for Manchester construction firm Renaker Build.

We are now on-site and providing contractor accommodation for Renaker at the historic Wilburn Street Basin in Salford as they build phases one and two of a 500 unit residential scheme. Renaker Build is a rapidly growing Manchester based developer and they have chosen once again to invest in our quality welfare units to showcase their growing stature in the market place.

We are also working with Renaker Build on the 1 Water Street scheme off Regent Road in Manchester, a 28-storey residential building with 301 apartments. We are supporting the team with 12 Open Space units to provide site accommodation and office space for staff and contractors at its Mackintosh Mills development on Cambridge Street near Manchester’s Oxford Road Station. This prestigious development has been awarded £20m Build to Rent funding by the Government and will deliver 282 homes close the City Centre.

Renaker Manchester AV Danzer

Commenting on the Wilburn Street Basin instruction Danzer Director Helen Scott said:

“The increase in UK residential development and in particular the drive to deliver more homes to rent is certainly evidenced in the strength of our order book with many clients like Renaker regularly commissioning our units for their schemes.

OpenSpace is our robust and secure anti-vandal steel product and it is manufactured by Danzer right here in the UK. Having control of the production means we not only only create local jobs but means we can guarantee quality, production and delivery times which provides reassurance to clients who need to know we can move swiftly to provide accommodation as and when they need it on sites right across the UK.”

OpenSpace is flexible, expandable, linkable and once manufactured can be installed by our specialist site teams within a matter of days. It is rapidly becoming the first choice of construction firms for providing high quality welfare units during build programmes.

January 22nd, 2016|