INTRODUCTION

AV Group Ltd was established in 1986 by John Y Holloway.

AV Group started in a small way, simply as a hire company based in Cheadle, Stockport. With over 50 years experience in the modular and portable building field John was never going to be satisfied with a small regional hire business and in 1995 AV Group opened its first manufacturing plant in Manchester and expanded to include the sale of modular buildings as well as its growing hire fleet.

Today, the manufacturing has been separated to form Danzer Ltd manufacturing bespoke steel anti-vandal units and modular buildings from its extensive facility at Langley Mill, Nottingham.

Danzer steel units are designed to suit your exact requirement and can be supplied anywhere in Mainland Britain.

The hire fleet has continued to expand and has over 4000 items across its 4 main depots. Specialising in larger projects where units are stacked up to 3 high and often linked A V Group has concentrated its efforts on renewing and expanding its fleet whilst ensuring its Health and Safety procedures are second to none.

AV Group’s depots in Manchester, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, and Essex serve the whole of England and most of Wales.

ORGANISATION

HEALTH AND SAFETY

QUALITY ASSURANCE

The company recognises that the disciplines of quality, health & safety and environmental management are an integral part of its management function. The organisation views these as a primary responsibility and to be the key to good business in adopting appropriate quality standards.

The organisation quality policy calls for continual improvements in its quality management activities and business will be conducted according to the following principles;

We will:
• Comply with all applicable laws and regulations
• Follow a concept of continual improvements and make best use of our resources.
• Take due care to ensure that our work activities are safe for employees, suppliers, visitors and others who come into contact with our environment
• Work closely with our customers and suppliers to establish the highest quality standards.
• Comply with our industry codes of practice.
• Conduct our business in a fair and ethical manner.
• Train our staff in the needs and responsibilities of our Quality Management Systems.
• Be aware of our environmental responsibilities when carrying out our work processes.
• Review and revise our policy at planned intervals to comply with the requirements of the standard.
• We are committed to carrying out the requirements of our Management System which meets the needs of our customers.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Company actively supports the principles set out in the Equality Act 2010. Our ethos is to respect and value people’s differences, to help everyone achieve more at work as well as in their personal lives so that they feel proud of the part they play in business success. Our Grievance Procedures ensure sympathetic handling, and hopefully satisfactory resolution, for all aspects of employees concerns or dissatisfaction.

We believe that all decisions about people at work should be based on the individuals abilities, skills, performance and behaviour and our business requirements. Questions about an individual’s race, colour, marital status, age, religion, sex or sexual orientation are never relevant to our business. Issues of disability should only be considered against the particular requirements of the job. Our policy must be strictly adhered to by all our team. Discrimination, abuse or harassment will result in disciplinary action being taken including dismissal for serious cases.

Diversity/Religious Observance
The Company respects all religious faiths, beliefs and practices equally as they are represented within the workplace. All employees have the right, within the law, to religious freedom and to the peaceful practice and expression of their religious faith, including the beliefs, values and practices involved in them. As part of our culture is the expectation and requirement that religious groups and adherents of all faiths within the Company should accord full respect to the religious faith, beliefs, values and practices of others, and for those who subscribe to no faith.

The legitimate right of religious people, within the law, to religious freedom and the peaceful practice and expression of religious faith should be demonstrated by consideration and by a concern for the freedom and dignity of those of differing religious faith and of those subscribing to none.

In practice this implies:
• Respect for another person’s expressed wish to be left alone;
• The avoidance of the imposition of religious views on individuals who are in vulnerable situations in ways which exploit these;
• The avoidance of violent action or language, threats, manipulation, improper inducements or the misuse of any kind of power;
• Respect for the right of others to disagree.

Disregard for any of the above will be considered a breach of the fundamental principle of respect for others, and may constitute harassment.

Recruitment
The Company will advertise all positions internally as well as externally. The recruitment method will be detailed in the advert and internal applicants should inform their line manager of their intention to apply.

Candidates will be sorted and interviewing processes will be conducted fairly, objectively and without unlawful bias. Person and job specifications will be limited to those requirements necessary for the effective performance of the position concerned.

Disability
The requirements of candidates and employees who have a disability (as defined under the relevant legislation) will be reviewed to ensure that wherever possible reasonable adjustments are made to enable them to enter, or remain in, the Company’s employment.

The interview and selection process will be undertaken in a fair and consistent manner and the candidate who meets the specification in terms of knowledge skills and attitude will be offered the position.

SUSTAINABILITY

AV Group/Danzer manufacture, sell and hire out portable buildings.

The Company also manufactures portable buildings. Our principal activities include the supply and delivery of our manufactured products and installation of the finished buildings on site where required.

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

AV Group Ltd and Danzer Ltd (registered offices are at Windmill Lane, Denton, Manchester M34 2JF) is committed to protecting and enhancing local and global environments and to ensure that activities are carried out in a sustainable way.

To meet this policy aim, we will endeavour to:
• Be aware of all new environmental legislation and regulations
• Comply with all environmental legislation and regulations
• Minimise energy use and its associated CO2 emissions
• Maximise the use of renewable energy sources where possible
• Minimise the generation of waste
• Maximise the re-use of materials and products
• Maximise the use of recycled materials and products
• Maximise the recycling of materials and products
• Minimise raw material consumption
• Maximise the use of material form renewable sources
• Minimise polluting emissions to air, land and water
• Minimise the use of polluting forms of transport
• Assess the environmental impacts of all working practices and product manufacture
• Assess the whole life environmental performance of all purchases
• Maximise the use of local products and local workforce
• Minimise the use of water
• Ensure that design and construction is undertaken in a manner compatible with sustainable development

To further the aims of this policy we will:
• Provide adequate environmental training for all staff
• Assess the environmental performance of all suppliers
• Develop a set of environmental targets and action plans
• Review this environmental policy and its action plans periodically with the view to continuous improvement

Working towards adhering to the principles of an Environmental Management System
The intention of our environmental management philosophy, which we attempt to apply to all our activities, provides the setting of objectives and targets and it is our aim to secure a continual improvement in environmental performance.

The Directors of the Company are committed to the implementation and continual development of this policy and will give full backing to those authorised to carry it out.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

It is the Company’s policy to attach maximum importance to matters concerning the environment. We recognise that our operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment. Our policy is to meet and, so far as is reasonably practicable, adhere to all relevant regulatory requirements (regulations, laws and codes of practice) and to minimise any adverse environmental effects caused as a result of our activities.

We will continue to assess the environmental impact of our operations and through careful management of materials and resources, we will reduce our wastage to the lowest practical levels.

Our designs and use of products will be carried out in such a way as to minimise their environmental effects, both in usage and disposal. Where reasonably practicable all waste will be recycled.

Methods of storage, transportation and the use and disposal of hazardous materials are continually assessed and reviewed in order to minimise any adverse effects on the environment.

Employee and contractor involvement in environmental matters is encouraged at all levels and will be promoted through training, communications, guidance in its implementation and a constant reappraisal of working methods and techniques.

We will dispose of all waste in a responsible manner, ensuring that we always comply with the Duty of Care Regulations. Any services used for the storage or disposal of waste will be checked to ensure that appropriate licences are held.

If any notice or prosecution related to a breach of environmental legislation is served against the business by the Environment Agency, a local authority or other regulatory body, we will immediately notify any bodies we are registered with (eg. Constructionline, etc).

We will attempt to reduce or eliminate the use of ozone depleting chemicals (CFC, Halon, 1.1.1 Trichloroethane, HCFC), tropical hardwood from forests which have not been independently certified as sustainable, pesticides on the U.K. “red list” or “EC “black list” and peat for soil amelioration purposes.

We will try, where possible, to use suppliers who are willing to take away packaging for re-use or recycling and will consider the environmental impact of any purchases.

We will try to reduce the energy and water consumption of the business and minimise CO2 emissions. We will invest in the improved energy efficiency of products we use and investigate environmentally safe and sustainable energy sources.

We will ensure that dust, noise and odour do not cause a nuisance to the community surrounding the place of business or site on which we are working.

In the office environment paper will be used sensibly, with measures to re-use and recycle waste paper in place, and the increased use of electronic communication encouraged to reduce the need for paper use.

We will ensure that no polluting matter enters surface waters or groundwater, will obtain permission before discharging any contaminated water, and before commencing any works we will check the area for endangered species, protected plant species, trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order and protected archaeology.

We will try to use sub- contractors and suppliers who comply with the requirements of our environmental management policy, and will help sub-contractors and suppliers to comply with environmental laws and regulations as much as possible

The intention of our environmental management philosophy, which we attempt to apply to all our activities, provides the setting of objectives and targets and it is our aim to secure a continual improvement in environmental performance.

The Directors of the Company are committed to the implementation and continual development of this policy and will give full backing to those authorised to carry it out.



WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
Sustainability is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. It can be measured in terms of economic, environmental and social value.

CUT THE FINANCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF YOUR BUILDING
AVDanzer produces some of the most advanced modular and relocatable building systems available. They are designed and manufactured under controlled conditions using the latest technology in state-of-the-art production facilities. The steel-framed buildings are fully fitted out in the factory before being delivered to site by road, where they are craned onto pre-prepared foundations in a matter of hours.

Studies have shown that our modular method of construction offers considerable whole-life value benefits, including:

ECONOMIC BENEFITS
• Construction predictability: Costly time and budget overruns are a major concern among construction clients. Because it is factory based, modular building manufacture is not disrupted by weather conditions, site characteristics or trade shortages. Research has shown that 99.9% of AVDanzer projects are delivered on time and on budget* – compared with a construction-industry average of 63% on time and 49% on budget.**

• Speed of construction: Build times can be reduced by up to 50% using modular building methods, leading to proportionate savings in site costs and an earlier return on investment.

• Quality control: Factory-based manufacturing environment delivers consistently high quality standards through close control of the entire construction process – our quality management system is certified to ISO 9001:2000.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
• Better building performance: Factory production means buildings are manufactured to very tight tolerances. Use of cutting edge software ensures that every building designed by AVDanzer has carbon emission rates which will either meet or exceed the requirements of Building Regulations Part L2. Tests conducted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on the AVDanzer Linkpak NG building system have shown that it exceeds the Building Regulations Part L air permeability requirements by 70% – resulting in exceptional energy efficiency performance for reduced energy consumption.

• Environmental control: We have gained accreditation for our high-standards of environmental management and commitment to ongoing environmental responsibility. This means that the environmental impact of our products and processes is being reduced through the successful implementation of an environmental management system that is certified to ISO 14001:2004.

• Ozone-friendly materials: The insulation materials used in the walls, roof and floor of AVDanzer buildings have an ODP (Ozone Depleting Potential) of zero – minimising their impact on the environment.

• Reduced noise and pollution: Fewer vehicle movements mean less environmental pollution because of reduced vehicle mileage. Noise levels on site are also minimised.

• Recycling of materials: AVDanzer buildings are manufactured with ease of disassembly and recycling in mind. Bolted components can easily be dismantled and re-used, and steel is endlessly recyclable.

• Less waste: The amount of waste generated at both the factory and the site location is minimised. The AVDanzer manufacturing facility in Denton recycles more than 82% of its waste

SOCIAL BENEFITS
Improved health and safety: Factory-based construction offers an intrinsically safer working environment than a traditional construction site. The need to work at height on site is removed.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
AVDanzer itself is committed to sustainability through its energy-saving and environmental programme. The company has emitted 3385 tons CO2, over 80 tons less than in 2008/9, the equivalent over a year of 20 average family cars. Plus, AVDanzer is committed to meeting the challenges set out in the traditional construction industry Major Contractors’ Group Sustainability Charter.†

BENEFITS FOR TODAY – AND FUTURE GENERATIONS
By choosing to purchase an AVDanzer building over a traditionally constructed one, you can achieve cost savings in both the short term and over the life of the structure, as well as reducing the impact of your activities on the environment for the benefit of future generations.

** Research carried out by BCIS for RICS Construction Faculty 2004
† See www.mcg.org.uk for details.

ACCREDITATION

MPBA
TIVA
ConstructionLine
EXOR
CHAS