Supporting BBC’s DIY SOS To Create Homes For Heroes

DIY SOS AV Danzer

AV Group is absolutely delighted to be supporting the BBC’s Nick Knowles and his amazing DIY SOS team in their challenge to renovate not one house, but an entire street, right here in Manchester.

Nick and his team of hero builders have begun the £2m transformation of derelict houses into a village for Army veterans at Canada Street and New Street in Newton Heath, Manchester. And, this week we have heard that Princes William and Harry will visit the site to lend their support.

We have supported the project with the donation of site units and have put in place 12 20x 8 storage units. Many thanks to our loyal contractors APL Lifting who gave us free transportation for a day and for support also from D Cane and Sons Haulage.

The BBC team is attempting to transform 8 buildings in the space of just twelve days, buildings which will they will become homes for former servicemen and women to live in with their families. These homes will be specially-designed for veterans with specific needs and requirements. A further 54 houses will also be given a makeover.

Dozens of other Manchester building firms and tradesmen are helping out with the huge project, supported by veterans working with charity Walking With The Wounded.

Commenting on AV Group’s involvement Director Helen Scott said: “When we heard about DIY SOS coming to Manchester and for this amazing cause I knew we wanted to get involved and play a small part in this great project. This is such an ambitious challenge, to completely transform a street in just one week, and we know these volunteers will be working so hard and therefore will need some decent space to rest and change. We are really proud to be able do our little bit to help this great endeavor.”

You can read all about the project here at the Manchester Evening News site.
 

September 23rd, 2015|

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|

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|

Magnificent Facilities For Macintosh Mills

We completed the manufacture, delivery and installation of some great new contractor facilities for Manchester construction firm Renaker Build last week.

The commission was to build 12 OpenSpace units to provide site accommodation and office space for staff and contractors at the Macintosh Mills redevelopment on the southern side of the City.

OpenSpace was chosen because it is a cost effective solution to providing high quality on-site contractor accommodation and office space. Renaker Build is a rapidly growing Manchester based contractor and wanted to showcase its growing stature in the market place by investing in first class welfare facilities for this prestigious development.

The 12 modules have been double stacked 6 on 6 to provide a total floor space of 350 sq m and will provide welfare facilities including canteen, office, meeting rooms, changing rooms, toilets and washrooms. The versatility of OpenSpace means that it can provide efficient, open plan areas that we can configure to meet the individual requirements of differing construction projects.

We delivered the units to site over two days last week with internal finishing done on the third day.

Renaker Build and CS Developments are developing land on Cambridge Street, providing 282 residential apartments over two blocks with commercial space on the ground floor. The project is part of the wider Macintosh Mills area next to First Street, between Whitworth Street West and the Mancunian Way.


OpenSpace is a robust and secure anti-vandal steel product and is manufactured by Danzer right here in the UK. It is flexible, expandable, linkable and once manufactured can be installed by our specialist site teams within a matter of days.

October 22nd, 2014|