The merits of modular building methods for schools: The needs of the sector

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 this final blog about building for schools, how meeting specific needs might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE SECTOR

Schools need suppliers that will complete each project precisely on programme, and meet the deadline for completion on time. A vast majority of work undertaken in many cases is being undertaken during school closure. It is therefore critical that buildings have to be completed for the start of a new term. Buildings can be designed and constructed to permanent building standards and comply with the latest Department for Education guidelines for teaching and learning.

The use of modular construction radically reduces both disruption to teaching and time on-site, both of which are essential factors when schools have an urgent requirement for additional school places.

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July 5th, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: Talk direct

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 this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how talking directly with the manufacturer might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
TALK DIRECT TO THE MANUFACTURER

When planning a building, talk to the manufacturer directly as all too often companies are approached after a design has been agreed. It’s much easier for all parties to be involved at the beginning, and you’ll be amazed at how expert advice can save you time and more importantly money.

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July 4th, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: Offsite Construction

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 this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how offsite construction might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
MANUFACTURING OFFSITE

Offsite construction has become a buzz word in the building industry, but it is not new to modular building sector. The industry as been manufacturing in excess of 75 years in an offsite capacity and it is great to see companies such as Danzer and other members of the MPBA (check out the web site www.mpba.biz) manufacturing everything here in the UK. Modern factories now produce hi-tech buildings with quality control in place. Delivery dates are met with no delays due to weather conditions.

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July 3rd, 2014|

The merits of modular building methods for schools: Turnkey Solutions

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 this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how turnkey modular buildings might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
A FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION

When looking at either replacing, extending, or adding to existing structures, modular buildings can meet any criteria set. High quality modular accommodation is flexible enough to meet all applications. Layout and design services are available from suppliers including expert advice on planning issues, building regulations and safety requirements. Site preparation and fast installation with minimum disruption can be achieved using modular systems. Transport, groundworks, and commissioning can be part of a turnkey package by using just one company and one contact. And crucially, the industry offers guaranteed delivery dates with buildings that are quality controlled in a factory.

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July 2nd, 2014|

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.

MOVING AWAY FROM THE STALE IMAGE

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.

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July 1st, 2014|

We’ve invested £1.2m in our modular building UK hire fleet

Helen Scott, Managing Director

The AV Group have invested £1.2m in it’s modular building UK hire fleet recently, and we’ve recruited 16 new staff to help with the surge in demand for our modular buildings.

Denton-based site accommodation company AV Group has invested £1.2m in upgrading its fleet of hire accommodation units. The fleet is being renewed and the oldest units replaced to reflect the requirements of clients and ensure the highest quality standards are maintained.

The investment comes after a strong performance in 2013 which saw AV Group provide on-site accommodation to construction clients including BAM UK, Wates, McLaren, Grahams, Skanska and Eric Wright Group amongst many others.

In 2013 AV Group provided over 1,000 hire units for major construction schemes across the country including the new Graphene Institute in Manchester, McLaren’s £90m mixed-use development in Bromley and BAM’s new Co-operative HQ in Manchester One Angel Square. The swift growth surge has also come from house builders such as Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and Jones Homes who use the firm’s steel anti-vandal cabins on development sites across the country.

The increase in sales in December 2013 alone represented a 15% growth in rental income on the 2012 figures, and is a clear indication that demand for the firm’s products and services has risen as confidence begins to return to the construction sector.

Family-firm AV Group was established in 1986 by John Holloway and today is run by Directors Helen Scott and sons Dan and Bill Holloway. Commenting on the investment Helen Scott said: “The uptake in business has been really encouraging and as such we have taken the decision to make a significant additional investment into our fleet. Our hire business is really picking up as construction firms are moving forward with developing schemes, many of which have been on hold awaiting funding or interest from occupiers and we are really seeing that pick up in the first quarter of 2014.”

AV Group also operates Danzer Ltd, which manufactures the steel hire units as well as creating bespoke modular buildings for schools, colleges and companies.

The firm recently recruited 16 new staff to help with a huge surge in demand for its products, growing from 24 to 40 employees based across its sites in Nottingham and Manchester.

March 25th, 2014|

Supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Through March and April we are supporting the National Prostate Cancer UK campaign. To kick-start the initiative, we have commissioned specially designed units featuring the charity’s distinctive blue colour and logo which are being delivered to construction firms and house builders across the country. We will be donating one months rental income for all campaign-branded units ordered during March and April.

This week the first blue units have been delivered on-site to construction firms including McGoff and Byrne, Medlock Building and T&B Contractors with more being delivered next week to Thomas Barnes, Taylor Wimpey North Thames, Eric Wright Group and United House.

Commenting on our support for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month AV Group Director Helen Scott said: “The construction industry is still a very male dominated industry and we wanted to play our part in helping to raise awareness of this important disease which kills 10,000 men a year. We will be fundraising at each of our depots in Manchester, Nottingham and Essex and will also be collecting on-site as we deliver units across the country to clients.”

We are also urging all of our employees and clients to undertake the Charity’s Men United test, a campaign to get men to join forces to beat cancer. Spearheaded by comedian Bill Bailey, Men United is five quick-fire questions about prostate cancer to help educate people about the disease.

March 20th, 2014|

A Royal welcome for Emmaus

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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|

Dog Kennel Hill School Opens

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December 2nd, 2013|

Tilbury Docks

We bid farewell to this 40 x 10 ft unit last week which is on its way to London’s Tilbury Docks to be used as a base for the sniffer dog team.We fitted toilets, a shower facility and kitchen area so handlers and working dogs can all relax in comfort. (more…)

November 27th, 2013|