National Graphene Institute Leads Global Search for Manchester’s Wonder Material

Manchester Graphene Week 2015

Helping BAM to create Manchester’s worldclass research facility, National Graphene Institute, is another great build project we have been proud to support.

The £60m glass-fronted building, off Oxford Road in Manchester, is now open, our on–site welfare facilities are coming off site this week (w/c 8th June) and it is great to see this amazing building now really coming to life.

The Institute provides 7,600 sq of laboratory space and is at the centre of the global drive to develop the world’s thinnest and strongest material which is almost completely transparent and is an excellent conductor of electricity. Two University of Manchester academics, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research into Graphene in 2010.

This month the building is the focal point of the City’s Graphene Week (22nd to 26th June), an international conference which will see scientific experts discuss the progress that is being made with the new material that was first isolated at The University of Manchester in 2004.

Until now, Graphene Week has been staged in various locations across Europe and the US, bringing global recognition to the properties and potential of the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material.
This week the Manchester Evening News ran a great article on Graphene Week which you can read in full here.

AV Group provided 21 on-site Open Space steel modular buildings which included the highest quality accommodation for contractors including a canteen, open plan offices, meeting rooms, disabled toilets and washroom facilities and rest areas. The installation also featured a viewing platform to enable visitors to see the progression of the development throughout the build programme.

June 9th, 2015|

Supporting the £85m Northern Hub

Skanska Bam Northern Hub

With news that Manchester’s £85m Ordsall Chord railway project has finally been given the go-ahead we are delighted to announce that Danzer is providing the on-site welfare and office facilities for this prestigious project in a contract worth over £700,000.

This strategically important northern rail link has been in the pipeline for many years but the Transport Secretary has now issued a Transport and Works Act Order, with minor modifications, which paves the way to link Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations for the first time.

Network Rail has been working on the designs of the scheme with a joint venture between Skanska and Bam Nuttall under an ECI arrangement. You can read more about it here.

Our production team at Langley Mill is working at full speed to build the 52 steel Open Space units which will be used on two sites at Ashburys and at Bolton. The units will be end-linked and sited in a double stack of 13 ground floor units and 13 first floor and will provide office facilities for Skanska/BAM.

The first floor accommodation will provide office space, meeting rooms, a server room, print room and reception area. On the ground floor facilities will include a canteen, meeting rooms, locker room, kitchen and toilets and washrooms.

The units it will be on site for the duration of the project which is likely to take 2 to 3 years.

This is a prestigious contract for Danzer and we are very proud to be involved with the creation of this strategic rail link for the North.

For more information about this project, and how we can help you please call Helen Scott 0800 012 6563

Ordsall Chord

The plans include a new section of track to the north west of Castlefield Junction, in the vicinity of Ordsall.

This will link the Castlefield Junction line with the Deal Street Junction line, connecting Manchester’s three main stations for the very first time.

• 2 new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
• 6 fast trains an hour between Leeds and Manchester
• Faster journeys across the north
• A new direct service through Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport
• Faster journey times to Hull, Newcastle and the North East

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April 15th, 2015|

Final whistle blows for AV Group’s time at the new City Football Academy

Manchester City Football Academy

Saying goodbye to Manchester City

Despite the onset of high winds and wintery weather we were determined to complete the removal of our units from the new the City Football Academy (CFA) last week. The adverse weather conditions meant we had to delay removal for a day or so owing to health and safety considerations.

As soon as we were happy that the blustery conditions had settled we brought in the removal team and, working with our crane contractors Sutton Crane Hire, we took all 57 units and a staircase off site in just three days.

At the height of the construction phase we had 64 units on site but have been removing those as the build neared completion. We spent several days prepping all of the units to remove jointing strips, flooring, columns, ceiling and facias so the units could easily be lifted onto the lorries.

Owing to BAM Construction’s arrangement with the Academy we could only have one of our five lorries on site at any one time so the fleet remained parked over at the Etihad Stadium as we lifted one unit at a time off the block and onto the vehicles for transportation.

All of the units are now back at our Denton site bolstering our 4000 strong hire fleet once more.

AV Group was contracted by BAM Construction Ltd back in 2012 to provide all of the site accommodation for contractors and subcontractors during the build phase, including the provision of a Visitor Centre and viewing facility. To read more about that click here

To read more about the City Football Academy and to see some amazing photographs of the facility click here.

There is also a great flythrough video available to watch here

December 15th, 2014|

National Graphene Institute almost complete!

National Graphene Institute

The National Graphene Institute is almost complete.

The AV Group supplied 21 Open Space steel modular buildings which include the highest quality accommodation for contractors including a canteen, open plan offices,meeting rooms, disabled toilets and washroom facilities and rest areas. The installation features a viewing platform to enable visitors to see the progression of the development.

Now almost complete the five-floor, 7,600 sq m, glass-fronted NGI building on Booth Street East includes a large research lab and two cleanrooms, where experiments can be carried out without contamination.

The world-class research institute is being built to help develop the world’s thinnest and strongest material which is almost completely transparent and is an excellent conductor of electricity. Two University of Manchester academics, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research into graphene in 2010.

December 12th, 2014|

Manchester City Football Academy Launches To International Acclaim

We are over the blue moon to have been involved with the development of Manchester City’s amazing new youth development and first team training centre – the City Football Academy (CFA) – which was opened this week by former manager and captain, Tony Book.

AV Group was contracted by BAM Construction Ltd back in 2012 to provide top-of-the-range site accommodation for contractors and subcontractors during the build phase, including the provision of a Visitor Centre and viewing facility. Visitors from schools, local residents and colleges were able to see for themselves, throughout the build phase, how work was progressing on this world-class sports facility. To read more about that click here

We provided 64 units which formed the welfare centre for BAM’s team. Later this week we will be removing the units but work has been delayed until the high winds die down due to the enforcement of our strict health and safety guidelines. We will report further next week on how we undertook the task safely given the challenging conditions.

The creation of City Football Academy has transformed an 80–acre brownfield site, adjacent to the Etihad Stadium. The launch was overseen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, who said: “I am a strong believer in improving sporting facilities for young people, which is why I am delighted to oversee the opening of the City Football Academy. The partnership between Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council is a benchmark for public private partnership, driving investment into the North of England and developing projects where business and the community benefit.”

Our Visitor Centre, and contractors accommodation can be seen in the photo above – the red tinted area on the left!

To read more about the City Football Academy and to see some amazing photographs of the facility click here

December 10th, 2014|

AV Group invest £1.2m in fleet

We are delighted to announce that we have invested £1.2m in upgrading our fleet of hire accommodation units. The fleet is being renewed to reflect the requirements of our clients and ensure the highest quality standards are maintained.

February 25th, 2014|

21 units for The National Graphene Institute

National Graphene Institute

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June 14th, 2013|

Visitors enjoy bird’s eye view at Manchester City Football Academy

Manchester City Football Academy ETIHAD viewing platform

Over 500 visitors have seen at first hand the on-going development work at the new City Football Academy which is due to open in time for the 2014/2015 Premier League season, thanks to a Visitor Centre which has been installed by AV Group at the Etihad Stadium.

Visitors from schools, local residents and colleges have been welcomed to the Centre and shown the views over the development site, to see for themselves how the new Football Academy is taking shape.

Denton-based AV Group is providing all of the temporary site accommodation during the build phase, fulfilling BAM Construction Ltd’s brief to provide a Visitor Centre and viewing facility alongside top-of-the-range accommodation for contractors and subcontractors. The Centre shows plans of the finished Academy and allows visitors view the construction site to see how the finished facility will eventually look.

Commenting on the progress so far Mike Burchall of AV Group said: “There has been significant public interest in the work taking place, people seem really keen to see how the Academy is developing.”

AV Group provides modular site accommodation for construction projects and this installation includes an open plan meeting room, catering facilities, toilets, washrooms and office space. The site accommodation creates 15,800 ft2 (1,468m2) of space over 3 floors and includes a lift to the viewing gallery to ensure access for all.

Mike Burchall continues: “The standard of temporary accommodation required on major construction sites like this now is extremely high. Clients want to provide the highest standard of facilities for their people and that includes great showers, fitted kitchens, Sky TV in the canteen, open plan meeting rooms with no posts in the middle as well as eco-friendly details such as passive Infra-red lighting, rainwater harvesting and the best possible levels of insulation.

“Keeping uniformity on site is really important and we have extended our contract this week with BAM Construction Ltd to also provide additional units for sub-contractors FK Construction. Providing a Visitor Centre too was an important part of the brief to ensure open access to the public and we are delighted to be providing world-class facilities for a world-class team.”

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 and invests up to £1m each year in replenishing its 4,000 unit hire fleet.

May 9th, 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|