A Royal welcome for Emmaus

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emmaus

In 2009 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. (more…)

December 16th, 2013|

Welcome to our new offices!

Here are the first photos of our brand new head office, and we are so pleased to be in – following just a few weeks of ground preparation, offsite building, and installation. (more…)

September 30th, 2013|

£100,000 Modular Building Office Move For AV Group

Modular building company AV Group has invested £100,000 to create new office accommodation for itself at its site on Windmill Lane, Denton.
The team of 25 will move into state of the art modular accommodation in June. The new office is also designed to help some of the team move to more flexible working patterns and will free up additional space on site for the thriving hire business.

Commenting on the move Director Helen Scott said: ‘We manufacture and hire out high quality modular office systems so it makes sense that our own offices now showcase our best products. We have decided to use our HighLine product which gives increased ceiling height and vastly improved insulation values. We have specified wider windows to let in more natural light and the building will include energy saving features such as off peak storage heating, double glazing, passive infra red lighting and rainwater harvesting.’

The investment comes after the company has won a string of recent contracts including a £1m deal to provide new school buildings across London as well as a £500,000 deal with care home provider Castleoak and on-going contracts with clients including BAM Construction, Wates Construction, Eric Wright Group, British Sugar and McLaren Construction.

The new office layout will make more space available on site to accommodate the 4,000 unit hire fleet in which AV Group invests up to £1m each year to replenish stock.

AV Group specialises in providing modular and site accommodation for construction firms, hospitals, sports clubs and schools. It manufactures all of its stock in the UK at its sister company Danzer Ltd in Nottingham.


May 9th, 2013|

AV Group supporting The Africa Trust

We at the AV Group and Danzer Limited are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in water coolers from AquAid – our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our decision to install a water cooler from AquAid means that for each one of the machines that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust.

Through our contributions to The Africa Trust, an ‘Elephant Pump’ is being installed in Africa on our behalf. This pump will bring much needed, clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to our well.

Our company’s name will be displayed proudly on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villages to our site in the near future.

AquAid, along with their sister company Perfect Printer Cartridges have to date donated over 6 Million Pounds to Charity. www.aquaid.co.uk


May 1st, 2013|

Clayhall Park Cricket Pavillion completed

The 2195 sq ft Cricket Pavilion is now complete, along with a bat roost ready to take in returning bats which migrated during the recent winter months.

The Danzer team demolished the old pavilion building in mid-January and provided ground works and the construction of a raft foundation whilst the modular LinkPak NG buildings were manufactured off site.

The new facility includes home and away changing rooms, showers and toilets as well as a new club house, storage space and a referees’ facility. During the winter months the pavilion building will be used by other sports teams in the area.

April 23rd, 2013|

Working with Urban Splash at Park Hill, Sheffield

Danzer Group provided the project management suite for Urban Splash’s Park Hill development in Sheffield. Our modular building included toilet facilities and a staff canteen. Urban Splash wanted plenty of light in the building so we put in large windows all round and roof lights.
In keeping with Park Hill’s contemporary feel the interior had a monochrome finish with all skirting, architrave and trims in MDF painted white and white walls contrasted with the black marble-effect vinyl flooring. Urban Splash completed the look with black ash furniture. The exterior was painted the company’s corporate blue and the building was finished with a wooden decking surround.

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist: Park Hill from RIBA on Vimeo.

Following the war it was decided that a radical scheme needed to be introduced to deal with rehousing the Park Hill community. To that end architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith began work in 1945 designing the Park Hill Flats. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation and the Smithsons’ unbuilt schemes, most notably for Golden Lane in London, the deck access scheme was viewed as revolutionary at the time. The style is known as brutalism. Construction is of an exposed concrete frame with yellow, orange and red brick curtain walling. However, as a result of weathering and soot-staining from passing trains, few people realise this and assume the building to be constructed entirely from concrete.
Unlike many of the system built blocks of this particular era, Park Hill always remained structurally sound, and controversially was Grade II* listed in 1998 making it the largest listed building in Europe. Sheffield City Council hoped this would attract investment to renovate the building, and it came from Urban Splash who have a track record in investment in historic icons and properties.

Park Hill

The Brutalist style of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate has divided opinion in the city for decades.

The 1960s concrete block has been hailed as the most ambitious inner-city development of its time and a visionary piece of modernist architecture.

But by the 1980s it was being condemned as an eyesore, having become dilapidated and notorious for drugs and crime.

English Heritage surprised Park Hill’s critics by giving the entire complex Grade II-listed status in 1997, making it Europe’s largest listed building and preventing it from being demolished.

The decision was hailed by those who regarded it as a building of architectural importance, and the structure is now being given a £134m makeover by developer Urban Splash.

Taking on the contract in 2008, the firm accepted Park Hill had flaws, but said it was “better than a lot of the mediocrity that is defining our cities in their renaissance race”.

It added: “Besides, getting rid of it is not a sustainable solution, not when it can be saved, repaired and made good again.”

Phase one of the project is complete and has now been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade.

The architects have kept the structure of the building in place and the wide, long walkways dubbed “streets in the sky” remain, but the external brickwork has been replaced with bright aluminium.

Judges said the reinvented building “stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building”.

In true Park Hill style, reaction to the announcement has been mixed.

Park Hill

Park Hill

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February 25th, 2013|

AV Group Bids Farwell To Successful Co-Operative Project


©BAM Construction Ltd

AV Group has undertaken one of its biggest ever de-commissioning projects with the removal of its temporary accommodation installation at Manchester’s new Co-Op HQ. The Denton firm provided 56 bright green, modular units, stacked four-high, providing 17,920 sq ft of accommodation during the construction phase at the site in central Manchester.

The AV Group was appointed by BAM Construction in August 2012 to provide temporary accommodation facilities for the construction team and subcontractors and the company invested £250,000 in the manufacture of additional new modular units for the project. The new units we produced in Nottingham by its manufacturing arm Danzer Ltd.

It is the first time that the AV Group has provide a four storey facility and the entire system has been designed, manufactured, installed and removed by the Denton-based company. Removal work is being carefully planned to ensure minimum disruption to nearby residents during the early mornings and evenings whilst adhering to haulage restrictions which prevent large loads being moved during peak traffic hours.

The modular building provided facilities including a temporary tool hire shop, a canteen and kitchen, offices and meeting rooms. It also provided welfare facilities including toilets, showers, drying rooms, office and first aid space, store rooms, communal room and first aid. A Muslim WC and foot wash facility were also included to support the ethnically diverse work force.

AV Group also installed a viewing platform on the roof of the temporary accommodation to allow BAM and the Co-Op team to view the entire site with ease. Specially designed enclosed staircases supported promotional BAM site banners to promote their presence on site.

Commenting on the project AV Group’s Helen Scott said: “This has been a significant project for us in many ways, not just because of its sheer scale but due to its wide variety of uses and the challenging logistics and health and safety measures involved in safely erecting and removing such a huge building together. We have a very narrow window each day during which we can remove the units but we will be clear of the site by the end of the week.“

She continued: “The building was designed to reflect BAM exemplary environmental credentials so features such as increased energy saving, improved insulation, water saving devices and controlled lighting were specified throughout.”

The project also included a security point with turnstile access and induction facility to ensure secure access to and full accountability of all people on site at all times.

The 325,000 sq ft new HQ for Co-operative was designed by 3D Reid and built by BAM Construction.

 

February 18th, 2013|

AV Danzer wins £236k project for Clayhall Park Cricket Pavilion

AV Danzer, the Denton-based manufacturer of modular and portable buildings, has been appointed by the London Borough of Redbridge to provide a ten module cricket pavilion at Clayhall Park in North East London.

The modular building is being manufactured at Danzer’s Nottingham site and the installation will be completed by the end of March to accommodate the return of a colony of bats which has made the old pavilion its home in recent years.

The Danzer team will commence demolition of the old pavilion building in mid-January and will undertake all associated ground works and the construction of a raft foundation whilst the modular LinkPak NG buildings are manufactured. The new building will also provide a roost for the returning bats which migrate during the winter months.

The new facility will provide 2195 sq ft of space and will include home and away changing rooms, showers and toilets as well as a new club house, storage space and a referees’ facility. During the winter months the pavilion building will be used by other sports teams in the area.

Commenting on the contract Dan Holloway, Danzer Project Manager said: “This is an unusual project as we are working to nature’s deadline not a sporting or construction one. The bats will return at the beginning of April so we need to ensure that the building will be ready to accommodate them by that point. It happens to co-incide with the start of the cricket season which is also convenient.”

He continues: “We are in the process of manufacturing the bespoke modules and, as we have our own manufacturing facility, we are able to be totally flexible and build into the design whatever features our customers require, which in this case includes a bat roost. We received the order just days before Christmas and manufacturing began immediately.”

The Danzer team will be on-site from mid-January for demolition and ground works and the pavilion will be ready for the start of the cricket season in May.

February 18th, 2013|

Etihad Installation nearing completion!

The second floor is now complete and work is accelerating towards finishing this installation at the Etihad Stadium as soon as possible.

October 23rd, 2012|

Etihad Stadium Updates

The first floor is now complete!

Second floor will start to be installed mid-week, and in the meantime the fit out of the ground and first floor continues.

The ground floor provides all the welfare facilities including canteen, drying and changing room, toilets and showers. The first floor provides offices for the subcontractors who will be operating on this project.

October 15th, 2012|