All change at St Andrews Primary School, Cobham

St Andrews School Cobham. AV Danzer. Danzer. AV Group.

We are delighted with the new shower and changing room facility we have provided for St. Andrews Primary School in Cobham.

The school approached AV Danzer to design a stand-alone facility which could sit adjacent to its swimming pool which is located at the side of the playing fields. We suggested a highly cost-effective solution using our OpenSpace product which could also be delivered quickly to meet their tight time frame.

The children had previously had to change in the school building before walking across the playground to join their swimming lesson. The new facility would allow them to change and shower immediately next to the swimming pool.

Delivery of the new changing rooms meant that the school could replace its existing facility within the main school building, allowing them to re-utilise this space for other teaching purposes.

In order to site the new building we undertook external ground works which included preparing foundations, trenching, re-surfacing and fencing.

However, as is often the case, the installation was less than straight forward because the swimming pool was located to the rear of the main school complex and the approach was along residential roads.

But, as ever we made sure that we found a solution! We installed 85 metres of trackway across the grass playing fields and playground which allowed us to rig the 80 tonne crane which would lift the 40ft span modules into place.

To ensure we caused the minimum of disruption to residents we undertook a letter drop to all neighbours as well as putting in place temporary parking suspensions. This allowed the articulated lorries to manoeuvre along the network of residential roads and access the site and the installation went ahead without a hitch.

School bursar Joy Taylor commented; “Everyone is really very impressed with the new building and we are making good use of it today, thanks to AV Danzer for getting it all done as scheduled.”

July 12th, 2016|

The merits of Modular Building methods for Schools : Image

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in the first of a series of blogs about building for schools, how modular buildings might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
The education sector faces continued pressure to provide high quality learning environments for the UK’s growing population. It has been estimated that more then 250,000 new school places will have to be created nationally by 2014/2015 which will have a huge impact on education facilities across the country.

With this urgent requirement for school places, and the continued change in standards and regulations, the modular building industry has risen to the challenge. This, coupled with the schools’ expectations of first class facilities and a swift turn around, has seen the modular building industry rise to the challenge and it is helping to provide fast, affordable buildings for schools across the land. It is a solution which provides modern comfortable and functional facilities that comply with current building regulations, and crucially, take into account carbon reduction alongside ‘green’ issues. With the ever increasing demands for energy efficiency, the industry can supply school buildings that are available for both purchase or hire.


Companies such as AV Danzer have embraced changes to meet the requirements of new regulations, and buildings that are supplied today need not look like boxes or the old image of site huts without any character. Today we have reached a point where it is difficult to tell them apart from traditional developments and these buildings can also meet todays exacting budgets constraints. Buildings can be designed to accommodate a wide range of applications, such as laboratories, art rooms, dance studios, technology rooms, IT suites, general classrooms, receptions, kitchen and dining facilities, and offices.


July 1st, 2014|

New projects order is a boost for the AV Group

We’re delighted with our recent order book amounting to over £732,000. We have received confirmation for 3 projects for Southwark Council. All 3 projects are for Primary School expansions at Keyworth, Grange and Albion.

July 1st, 2014|

£5m investment in Liverpool school

When Merchant Taylors’ school in Crosby, Liverpool decided to invest £5m in the re-development of the Girls’ Junior and Mixed Infant school they turned to Eric Wright Construction to help deliver the new building. In turn our long standing client Eric Wright, asked AV Group to support the project and provide the usual site accommodation services. We were delighted to help and have supplied six office units which incorporate a canteen, showers and drying rooms, toilet block, office spaces and a conference room.

So far so good, but when the construction team hit the point in the build programme where they had to demolish the existing school kitchen and dining facilities, before building new ones, it left the team needing to find a solution to feed up to 300 children each day in a clean, safe and hygienic space.

We knew that we could very quickly deliver and install a suitable space and supplied four Openspace modules as a temporary dining facility. We upgraded the units to give a completely open area with no support posts. This enabled the dining room to be set up so that the pupils could eat their meals in a fit for purpose environment, not off their knees in a classroom!

Commenting on the instruction Eric Wright project Manager Kevin Burgoyne said: “I always enjoy working with the AV Group team as I know they deliver on time and on target. They really pulled out the stops to provide the temporary dining facility which is perfect. As there are no intermediate walls or supporting columns the space can easily be configured by the staff to accommodate as many pupils as possible. “

He added: “The pupils are extremely excited about the project and were even more so when England Captain Steven Gerrard popped in to sign a steel girder to mark the investment.”

The ongoing two-phase major redevelopment , which began in July 2013, will deliver a two storey extension, forming new classrooms, specialist teaching rooms and offices to enhance the schools’ facilities for the next generation of pupils and is due for completion in early 2015.

More information about Eric Wright’s building programme can be found here.

July 1st, 2014|

Dog Kennel Hill School Opens


December 2nd, 2013|

Dog Kennel Hill School Project Update

Our modular building at Dog Kennel Primary School in East Dulwich is completed.

We demolished and removed the old building, undertook extensive ground works, including ground reduction, building an 80 metre retaining wall, putting in new drainage and duct work. The final element is a large multi-coloured canopy spanning the front elevation of the new building and the adjacent building, as soon as it is in place we will get some photos to show you how great it looks.

November 27th, 2013|

Selworthy School Project Update

Selworthy School in Taunton, Somerset was officially opened last week and we were delighted to be invited to attend the opening ceremony of our modular building. We manufactured the 17m x 9.6m unit at our production facility in Nottingham and the building incorporates two classrooms, male and female toilets, a disabled toilet and changing area as well as a ceiling track for hoists for the physically disabled children.

The exterior cladding is fire protected Siberian larch in a tongue and groove finish and we think it’s going to look great, especially once the grass starts to grow…..

November 27th, 2013|