Jobs boost from Barratt Developments


Great to hear from Barratt Developments (North West) today that they are to create 1,500 extra jobs as they build 1,300 new homes across the region.

The group, which incorporates Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, mainly employs local subcontractors and tradesmen so its development of homes in the region will directly benefit local jobs in companies such as ours.

We have worked with David Wilson Homes for many years and today have delivered a new site unit for them to their Runcorn developments and are delivering another unit to Wilmslow next week.

In the last 12 months we have also delivered 190 steel site accommodation units to Taylor Wimpey, another of the country’s leading house builders, and another long standing and much valued client of Danzer Limited. Our welfare units are on 35 of their development sites across the country.

Read more about Barratt Development’s great jobs news here.

June 16th, 2015|

Broughton House update

Broughton House

On 19th April Helen Scott agreed to do a tandem skydive to raise money for Broughton House.

The elder gentleman in this photo is Jeff, he is 90yrs old.

Jeff joined the navy in 1941 at 16 and after initial training took further training to become a stores man. He was assigned to HMS Exeter and spent a year at sea working in logistics which involved preparing the shells for the 9″ guns of the Exeter.

The Exeter was sunk in the battle of River Plate and Jeff with others was taken to a Japanese prisoner of war camp and spent 3 years in forced labour at Nagasaki harbour enduring very difficult conditions and treatment. The dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki brought Jeff freedom as the officers deserted. He got 2 months off and was then returned to service where he served out the rest of his service taking part in further conflict in Palestine.

An incredible example of the people Broughton House Home cares for.

June 11th, 2015|

Think you know modular buildings?

Our modular buildings come in all shapes and sizes. And materials. Check out this work in progress for Minster CofE School in Kent.

Minster School

Minster School Kent


More on this story here

June 9th, 2015|

Government’s plans for Northern Hub take the next step towards delivery

HS2 Northern Hub

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin last week confirmed that the government is forging ahead on high-speed rail links which will help to create the much discussed Northern Powerhouse. He also pledged that the north will soon be empowered to shape its own future, by devolving power away from Whitehall, a lead which is being taken by our home City of Manchester.

Mr McLoughlin said that by the autumn, Transport for the North (TfN) – the body established by the government to work with it on delivering a Northern Transport Strategy – will have a new independent chair to speak on behalf of the north with one voice on delivering improved train and bus services, rolling out smart ticketing, looking after passengers, reducing road congestion and speeding up links to ports and airports.

He also confirmed that work is also well underway on developing plans for the high-speed east-west rail links adding that £13 billion government funding would be invested to transform transport infrastructure in the north over the next five years . You can read more about his speech here.

Part of this investment is the £85m Ordsall Chord rail link for which we are providing site accommodation facilities in a joint venture with Skanska and BAM.

We are delivering 52 steel Open Space units to sites at at Ashburys and Bolton which will be end-linked and sited in a double stack of 13 ground floor units and 13 first floor and will provide office facilities for the delivery teams. The Bolton units have already been sited and the ones for Ashbury are ready for installation this coming Autumn. You can read more about our work with Skanska and BAM here. This is a prestigious contract for Danzer and we are very proud to be involved with the creation of this strategic rail link for the North.

The infrastructure investment plan aims to end decades of economic gap between the north and south through billions of pounds of transport investment. Mr McLoughlin said that boosting growth in the north, rebalancing the economy and creating a Northern Powerhouse were a vital part of the UK’s long-term economic plan.

For more information about this project, and how we can help you please call Helen Scott 0800 012 6563

June 9th, 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|

Helping Wates Living Space Create More Affordable Homes

Wates Hull

AV Group is supporting longstanding client Wates Living Space in its programme to deliver affordable homes in Hull.

We have provided over thirty units to three sites and the latest ten units have just been installed, creating welfare accommodation for staff and contractors during the development of the project. With more than 80 sub-contractors and 45 apprentices employed across the three sites the buildings will provide valuable space for the hard working teams.

Six units are on the ground floor with four stacked on top and a viewing platform and large gantry enable easy access and views across the construction site. The new buildings will provide toilets, washrooms, office and locker space for workers on the development.

Wates Living Space is building the flagship £80m housing development to help meet the growing demand for people in the city with care needs. The development of 316 apartments across the city, is a partnership between Hull City Council, housing association Riverside and Wates Living Space.

The scheme will enable people with care needs – including older people, working age people with disabilities, those with mental health problems and people with dementia – to live independently in a modern, vibrant environment, while having the security and access to care and support. The one and two bedroomed apartments are designed to be easily adaptable so that residents can continue to live within their communities as their needs change over time.

Commenting on the contract AV Group’s Helen Scott said: “The final phase of this project needed an especially fast turnaround and we were able to accommodate that without any real difficulty. Within 24 hours of delivery however the client needed to change the specification slightly which meant we had to switch the configuration of the waste and kitchen spaces around and also amend the landing area due to restricted space. We are always totally flexible in our delivery and it was no trouble to make these last minute amends and we competed the delivery and installation in just 24 hours.”

According to the latest news from the National Housing Federation Wates’ pledge to deliver this scheme in Hull goes some way to addressing the impeding housing crisis. Experts have warned that the nation needs to build 78,500 affordable homes per year to keep pace with demand, yet last year less than a quarter of this amount were built – 20,000.

Wates Hull

June 9th, 2015|