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|

Further evidence of housing market recovery shown in production of site accommodation by Nottingham firm

Danzer Ltd’s recent positive performance in the construction sector is perhaps further evidence of a resurgent housing market. The increased demand for the company’s pre-fabricated anti-vandal buildings from residential house builders including Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and Jones Homes, strengthens the view that the domestic new build sector is growing with a confidence not seen since before the banking crisis. (more…)

September 20th, 2013|

21 units for The National Graphene Institute

National Graphene Institute

AV Group Gets To Grips With Graphene (more…)

June 14th, 2013|

AV Group unveil new modular building

New AV Group office in Denton

Watch this space…
AV Group are set to unveil new modular building accommodation
We cleared our desks, packed our bags, unplugged our computers and waved goodbye to our modular buildings on Windmill Lane a few weeks ago. They have served us well, but like any older building they were beginning to look a bit jaded around the edges so we decided it was time to treat ourselves to what we do best for our clients – a brand new modular workspace with the highest quality finishes and facilities – new workspaces, new loos, new meeting rooms and a new kitchen.
We’ve included rainwater harvesting so we can wash our vehicles and hire units and we are especially looking forward to a cosy Winter 2013 with the extra insulation and double glazing.

Now we are putting the finishing touches to our brand new home here at our Denton HQ and can’t wait to show you the final results. Pictures coming very soon….


June 14th, 2013|

AV Group supporting The Africa Trust

We at the AV Group and Danzer Limited are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in water coolers from AquAid – our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our decision to install a water cooler from AquAid means that for each one of the machines that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust.

Through our contributions to The Africa Trust, an ‘Elephant Pump’ is being installed in Africa on our behalf. This pump will bring much needed, clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to our well.

Our company’s name will be displayed proudly on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villages to our site in the near future.

AquAid, along with their sister company Perfect Printer Cartridges have to date donated over 6 Million Pounds to Charity. www.aquaid.co.uk


May 1st, 2013|

Danzer Ltd Celebrates With £1m School Modular Build Contracts

Denton-based Danzer Ltd has won contracts totaling almost £1m to manufacture and install new education facilities at schools across the UK.

The first three contracts are modular classrooms for schools in the London Borough of Southwark with a project value of £850,000. The projects include a new single classroom for the Albion Primary School in Rotherhithe with cladding and a large decking area at the rear. The school is directly above the London Underground system, which presented some additional challenges for the team and involved submitting the foundation plans to Transport for London to ensure they minimize any vibration issues.

The Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark will have a new classroom which will be clad with horizontal cedar cladding and will feature a large decking area and canopy as well as a green sedum roof.

The third school is Dog Kennel Primary School in Dulwich which will feature thermo-wood horizontal cladding, a large canopy with sky lights and an extensive groundwork package including the demolition andremoval of an existing school building. Commenting on the project Danzer Ltd’s Dan Holloway said: “The Dog Kennel project is especially interesting as the school specified an unusual freestanding canopy which needed a creative solution. We also have major access constraints on this site which we are going to overcome by demolishing a wall and installing a temporary steel stair-case to allow access from a neighbouring housing estate.”

Danzer Ltd has also won contracts for two Church schools, one for The Diocese of St Alban and the second for the Diocese of Northamptonshire, worth around £150,000 in total. The first is for Northaw Church of England School, just outside Potters Bar and the second is for St Louis Catholic Primary School, Aylesbury. The Northaw project is currently live and should be complete in the next few weeks. Access to the St Louis School is across a school playing field so a track way has also been designed to avoid any damage to the field.

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Indicative classroom build by Danzer

The modular buildings are being produced at Danzer Ltd’s production facility in Nottingham and work on-site starts in April.

Commenting on the contracts Dan Holloway added: “We have a long history of manufacturing and installing modular school buildings and are really pleased to be working on these new facilities. As well as manufacturing all of the units here in the UK we also undertake all of the ground works and installations as well as demolishing existing buildings ifnecessary and that full service solution we offer is really well received by clients. Hopefully the new school buildings will all be completed over the Spring term and certainly some of them will be up and running before the schools break for summer.”

April 24th, 2013|

Clayhall Park Cricket Pavillion completed

The 2195 sq ft Cricket Pavilion is now complete, along with a bat roost ready to take in returning bats which migrated during the recent winter months.

The Danzer team demolished the old pavilion building in mid-January and provided ground works and the construction of a raft foundation whilst the modular LinkPak NG buildings were manufactured off site.

The new facility includes 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.

April 23rd, 2013|

Working with Urban Splash at Park Hill, Sheffield

Danzer Group provided the project management suite for Urban Splash’s Park Hill development in Sheffield. Our modular building included toilet facilities and a staff canteen. Urban Splash wanted plenty of light in the building so we put in large windows all round and roof lights.
In keeping with Park Hill’s contemporary feel the interior had a monochrome finish with all skirting, architrave and trims in MDF painted white and white walls contrasted with the black marble-effect vinyl flooring. Urban Splash completed the look with black ash furniture. The exterior was painted the company’s corporate blue and the building was finished with a wooden decking surround.

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist: Park Hill from RIBA on Vimeo.

Following the war it was decided that a radical scheme needed to be introduced to deal with rehousing the Park Hill community. To that end architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith began work in 1945 designing the Park Hill Flats. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation and the Smithsons’ unbuilt schemes, most notably for Golden Lane in London, the deck access scheme was viewed as revolutionary at the time. The style is known as brutalism. Construction is of an exposed concrete frame with yellow, orange and red brick curtain walling. However, as a result of weathering and soot-staining from passing trains, few people realise this and assume the building to be constructed entirely from concrete.
Unlike many of the system built blocks of this particular era, Park Hill always remained structurally sound, and controversially was Grade II* listed in 1998 making it the largest listed building in Europe. Sheffield City Council hoped this would attract investment to renovate the building, and it came from Urban Splash who have a track record in investment in historic icons and properties.

Park Hill

The Brutalist style of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate has divided opinion in the city for decades.

The 1960s concrete block has been hailed as the most ambitious inner-city development of its time and a visionary piece of modernist architecture.

But by the 1980s it was being condemned as an eyesore, having become dilapidated and notorious for drugs and crime.

English Heritage surprised Park Hill’s critics by giving the entire complex Grade II-listed status in 1997, making it Europe’s largest listed building and preventing it from being demolished.

The decision was hailed by those who regarded it as a building of architectural importance, and the structure is now being given a £134m makeover by developer Urban Splash.

Taking on the contract in 2008, the firm accepted Park Hill had flaws, but said it was “better than a lot of the mediocrity that is defining our cities in their renaissance race”.

It added: “Besides, getting rid of it is not a sustainable solution, not when it can be saved, repaired and made good again.”

Phase one of the project is complete and has now been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade.

The architects have kept the structure of the building in place and the wide, long walkways dubbed “streets in the sky” remain, but the external brickwork has been replaced with bright aluminium.

Judges said the reinvented building “stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building”.

In true Park Hill style, reaction to the announcement has been mixed.

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Park Hill

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February 25th, 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|