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|

New accommodation for Chelsea Roadsweepers’ team

This month we installed the new welfare units for the construction team building a rock salt depot on Lots Road in London for Kensington and Chelsea Council.
The seven OpenSpace units were delivered to site from our Nottingham production depot and the team carefully installed them on a steel gantry to make the best use of available space. The facilities include toilets, washrooms, male and female showers, changing room spaces,lockers and recreational space which will be used by the council’s road sweeping staff. One unusual feature of the project included knee operated taps for the hand basins.

The delivery time took just 4 weeks in total, we do like a fast turnaround!

This was a particularly interesting contract because of the very tight deadlines involved and also because of the evolving specification.

We worked closely with the client and helped to develop their original specification, introducing a number of cost saving elements which allowed them to stay within budget. Many of the changes were implemented as the units were going through production which was a bit of a challenge but something we were readily able to accommodate.

A number of the units were linked and stacked to form further office facilities for the depot staff. The deadline was very much driven by the fact that the Council had to relocate from a current facility and transfer all staff, equipment together with 2,000 tonnes of road salt by the end of September. If we hadn’t provided the facility within the 4 week timeframe, Chelsea & Kensington’s road maintenance would have ground to a halt!

October 2nd, 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|

Bespoke accommodation a perfect fit for exclusive school

The prestigious American School in St John’s Wood, London has appointed ISG Construction to provide a new extension at its Waverley Place campus, and six of our steel OpenSpace units have been specially manufactured, in a contract valued at £125,000, to fit the site precisely.

The bespoke site accommodation features 7m x 3m modules double-stacked, to deliver a groundfloor welfare room, canteen, first aid area, drying rooms, locker room and toilet. A large open plan office, meeting rooms and further toilet facilities comprise the upper floor.

Stringent security remains a high priority for The American School, so we have been pleased to help ensure that the site maintains the safety of pupils and staff whilst construction is underway.

July 1st, 2014|

New changing facility for fruit processing plant

This week we have completed this fantastic new modular building which provides changing facilities for a fruit processing site in Somerset. Built by the team at our Langley Mill plant it comprises 7 x 12m x 3m Open Space modules and provides a highly specified replacement changing facility for staff. (more…)

May 9th, 2014|

AV Group all tucked in with Grahams Construction

University of Salford, Peel Park Campus

AV Group is helping Graham Construction in its task of building new student accommodation at The University of Salford. It’s the first time we’ve worked with Grahams and we are delighted to have been selected on this prestigious £81m project which will see 1367 new bed spaces created at the University’s Peel Park campus. (more…)

February 24th, 2014|

21 units for The National Graphene Institute

National Graphene Institute

AV Group Gets To Grips With Graphene (more…)

June 14th, 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|