Bright, bold and brilliant!

New classroom for London school proves a hit with the children.

We’ve got some great new images of the double modular classroom we provided last year for The Charles Dickens Primary School, on Toulin Street, Southwark, London. Our return visit to Charles Dickens was as part of a video shoot looking at all of the Southwark schools we supplied with new facilities and you can see the film here.

Often we don’t get the see our classrooms in full working order once we have finished installation and commissioning so it was lovely to be able to go back to Charles Dickens to see how the facility has been received by the children and staff.

Judging by the images and video the building is being really well used and the colourful canopy provides protection from the elements which means that the children’s learning environment extends outdoors all year round. The school wanted to create a building which was natural and organic in its design, and which would sit comfortably amidst its surroundings and a sedum roof and cedar cladding gave exactly the look they wanted.

The build was part of a £750,000 commission by the London Borough of Southwark to provide new facilities for three London schools. Charles Dickens needed a fast solution to the problem of over subscription at the school and a modular building enabled construction to take place off site while preparatory work commenced on the ground, speeding up the overall process from procurement to completion by many weeks.

Being in central London access to the site was challenging and Danzer worked closely with Transport for London to co-ordinate delivery and you can read more about that element of the project here.

The location of the school is also close to an archeological hotspot so we undertook extensive consultation with the planners and archeologists to ensure every piece of earth moved was examined and you can read more about what we uncovered here.

Commenting on the build Architect, Jeremy Peakin said: “ We chose Danzer from a list of approved suppliers because we felt they were small enough to ensure attention to detail but large enough to mobilise the resources of a bigger firm. We liked them from the outset and invited them to tender and were pleased that they provide both the best quality and lowest priced submission.”

Head teacher Cassie Buchanan added: “ The classroom has been well used by 60 Year 1 pupils and their teachers and a series of double bi-fold doors provide great access to the outdoor space which was really important to us. The teachers can use the external walls to pin work up and the building blends in really well with the existing outdoor space.”

Project Manager for Danzer Dan Holloway added: “We are really pleased with the building and how well it is being used by the children and teachers. It was a job which certainly provided some unique challenges with the archaeology and access issues but we overcame those and I believe the school now has a great, modern and functional building which will last for many, many years to come.”

March 11th, 2015|

£1m order book in recent weeks

Modular and steel anti-vandal building manufacturer Danzer Limited has won new orders worth over £1m in recent weeks.
The company has been awarded three contracts by Southwark Borough Council for school extension projects across London totaling £732,000. A further project worth £111,000 for ARG Construction and the London Borough of Kensington to provide accommodation units for Chelsea’s roadsweepers has also been delivered this month together with a £125,000 build for London Underground to provide permanent training facility for staff at its Cockfosters depot. A £43,000 contract for US distribution Company Iron Mountain in Dublin has also seen the firm deliver a vandal-proof storage vault, in what is the company’s first overseas project.

Commenting on the strong order book Danzer Limited’s Helen Scott said: “Our success is down to the fact that we manufacture, deliver and install our own buildings, which are made by our fabrication team at Langley Mill to meet clients’ exact specifications. That means we keep full control of the process from order right through to hand over and fit out and that enables us to minimize delays. Modular building provides a fast, affordable and flexible route for expansion for places such as schools and colleges compared to traditional building methods.”

She continues: “We are also winning lots of repeat business which is great. The Southwark schools follow on from three successful completions we delivered for the Council in 2013. “

To meet the growing demand Danzer Limited, has invested £110,000 in a new steel production facility at Langley Mill which will be operational in the Autumn.

The new facility will include an overhead crane, gas piping system, welding equipment, spray painting facilities with full extraction and air filter systems along with all the necessary electrical work. It is anticipated that the new facility will deliver a 50% increase in productivity in steel manufacture.

August 4th, 2014|

Dog Kennel Hill School Opens


December 2nd, 2013|

Charles Dickens School. Construction Update*


October 28th, 2013|

London schools modular buildings update

We promised an update on how our Southwark schools were progressing and judging from these latest pictures they are coming along well, with the Albion Primary School project handed over in August and having welcomed its first pupils at the beginning of this term. (more…)

September 20th, 2013|