Mint project with ISG at London’s O2

Project Mint ISG O2 AV Danzer

You may recall that a few years ago we manufactured and sold twelve steel OpenSpace units to ISG Construction for the prestigious American School in St John’s Wood, London. You can read all about that project here.

This week we have removed the units from the school and have re-sited them at London’s O2 Arena where they are now installed to support ISG’s construction of Project Mint – a 204,000 sq ft designer outlet centre. It is hoped that the Centre will attract some of the world’s most powerful luxury fashion houses such as Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

As you know our skilled installation team loves a challenge and this project was no exception! As the units were being sited directly above the Blackwall tunnel we had to substantially increase the crane size from 50 tonne to massive 130 tonne with counterweight ballast to allow it to sit away from the tunnel zone. Working with crane supplier BTS, our team skillfully guided the units into place under the menace of ever darkening skies!

The units were installed without a hitch and later on this year we will also install a further twelve units at the site for ISG as the project develops.

The designer centre is set to open in late 2017.

April 29th, 2016|

International Growth

Helsinki Iron Mountain AV Danzer AV Group

Danzer has recently seen its business go International, a fact of which we are extremely proud. In 2014 we undertook our first export order for Osborn Associates, to provide a bespoke document storage facility for US distribution company Iron Mountain at its Damastown depot near Dublin. Danzer was specified because our OpenSpace modular system met the demanding specification in all its detail.

Manufactured by Danzer at our Langley Mill site in Nottingham, the three 3m x 9.6m steel modules created a storage vault which was then linked to the main Iron Mountain depot. 95% of the fit-out was completed at Langley Mill in order to allow rapid installation at Damastown. The units were pre-installed with insulated wall and ceiling panels, mobile shelving, fire alarms, a pressure relief system, security system and air conditioning. These units are presently on the way to Helsinki. Our installation team Andrew Little, Bill Holloway and Paul Fletcher will be performing the installation next week.

A key factor in the delivery of the project was to ensure that the tracking system remained perfectly level and, having completed a similar project before we were able to prove that we could deliver this crucial aspect without a hitch.

The £55k unit was manufactured by Danzer, shipped and installed in Dublin.

In 2015 a further £80k order for Iron Mountain was manufactured, delivered and installed in Helsinki, Finland. We built a four-module sliding, wheeled storage system which is also being used for data storage.

Within weeks a further order was placed by Iron Mountain to extend the document storage facility and Danzer is delivering this unit to Helsinki, Finland in May. Danzer is looking to further build on the European export market in 2016.

April 25th, 2016|

Achieving a New Industry Standard in the Manufacture of Modular Buildings

Danzer’s manufacturing process has been constantly refined and streamlined over the years and is today highly efficient with extremely fast turn around. Every building is bespoke and the manufacturing team works directly from the drawings. Some key points to note include:

Construction predictability: Costly time and budget overruns are a major concern among construction clients. Because it is factory based, our modular building manufacture is not disrupted by weather conditions, site characteristics or trade shortages. Research has shown that 99.9% of Danzer projects are delivered on time and on budget – compared with a construction-industry average of 63% on time and 49% on budget.

Speed of construction: Build times are often reduced by up to 50% using our modular building methods, leading to proportionate savings in site costs and an earlier return on investment.

Quality control: Our factory-based manufacturing environment delivers consistently high quality standards through close control of the entire construction process – our quality management system is certified to ISO 9001:2000.

Longer life modular buildings: We have recently introduced a new system of steel construction for our modular buildings to meet and exceed the very highest current industry standards. Our fully galvanized, cold-formed steel (CFS) construction system, comes with a 60 year structural warranty which promises longer lives for modular buildings

This new standard of manufacture can be used in the production of the largest modular buildings and, thanks to its improved weight-bearing capabilities; we can now design modular buildings up to 9 storeys in height. This ability will enable customers to make the very most of really limited spaces by creating significant volumes of additional vertical space.

April 25th, 2016|

Manufacturing Innovation and Creativity

Our core products have all been designed, developed and refined according to market research and customer feedback. Today we deliver bespoke and individually designed units and configurations of interconnecting units across our four core product ranges. These are:


Danzer Linkpak modular buildings are building regulation compliant and offer a permanent solution as an alternative to traditional buildings. They are ahead of the field when it comes to performance incorporating features such as:

• Underfloor heating /cooling system
• PIR controlled lighting system
• Wireless IT connectivity
• Interactive computerised whiteboards
• Smoke cloak system
• Two, three or single storey modular buildings


Protecta anti-vandal cabins offer the very latest in robust on-site security and durability. Designed to repel the most persistent of intruders and protect all that’s valuable, Danzer delivers peace of mind and protection.

• Fully welded 1.6mm steel anti-vandal shell units which can be combined or double stacked
• Unique grinder resistant door design, fabricated from 3mm steel plate, with 5 lever
lock and bolt through frame to deter thieves and vandals
• Steel shutters with handshake close to prevent jemmying
• Profiled steel exterior to deliver extra strength and longevity of life
• Cambered roof to prevent water pooling thus protecting against rust
• Fully tested lifting eyes to ensure safe lifting, time after time


OpenSpace is part of a suite of interconnected products offered exclusively by Danzer. OpenSpace is specifically designed to provide fast, efficient, open plan spaces that are highly affordable and can grow with client’s requirements and without the restrictions of certain building regulations. They can be on site and operational within one day of ordering and can be stacked up to four stories high.

OpenSpace is anti-vandal, practical, and open plan. It is flexible, expandable, works with standard fleet units, and can be installed anywhere maximising on-site accommodation potential and growing with the project.

High Line

HighLine is our new range of Modular Portable Buildings. Anti-vandal, practical, and open plan, HighLine is flexible, expandable, works with standard fleet units, and can be installed anywhere. It’s fast, flexible and economical and bigger on the inside than is at first obvious.

With increased ceiling heights, vastly improved insulation values, and UPVC fully openable double glazing Danzer’s new HighLine range has been meticulously designed for schools, offices, and medium to long-term solutions where budgets may be stretched.

April 25th, 2016|

Investment in People and Processes

In recent years Danzer has seen a huge rise in demand for its steel units and so embarked upon an investment programme at Langley Mill which has provided a new steel production, managed by newly recruited Production Manager, David Lear.

The new facility opened in March 2015 and is today delivering a 30% increase in productivity in steel manufacture. The firm has benefitted from the surge in requirement from house builders as confidence returned to the residential property market.

The new steel plant includes 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.

We continue to invest heavily in our people and have expanded our Health and Safety team with the recent appointment of James Kelly in the role of Health & Safety Assistant.

Together with Mike Walker James oversees the maintenance of Danzer’s health and safety systems and ensures that these are effectively communicated to all staff. James also conducts awareness training for the staff to increase the Health and Safety culture amongst employees and is bringing in new, cost-effective procedures that help maintain a safe workplace environment.

At Danzer we insist on the very highest standards of Health and Safety amongst our employees and sub contractors. We do this by conducting the relevant training, performing suitable and sufficient risk assessments, keeping all of the plant and equipment tested and safe at all times.

We are also investing in Building Information Modelling (BIM) training for our design team and have invested in auto Computer Aided Design REVIT building design software which is specially built for BIM.

It allows us to produce 3D models of projects ahead of build and enable us to share building information much more easily with other contractors.

BIM allows us to gather data on geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components, project management and post-construction facilities management.

The data can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle, from cradle to cradle, from inception and design to demolition and materials reuse; quantities and properties of materials, which can be easily extracted from the model; and the scope of works, including management of project targets and facilities management throughout the building’s life.

Furthermore, systems, components, assemblies and sequences can be shown in relative scale to each other and, in turn, relative to the entire project.

From April 2016, all centrally-funded public sector work is due to be delivered using Level 2 BIM and our team is now fully trained and industry compliant.

April 25th, 2016|

Exceeding Health and Safety Expectations

Nick Haberle AV Danzer

Congratulations to Nick Haberle from our Essex depot who has achieved the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Certificate in Managing Safely.

We caught up with Nick to find out what the course was all about and why he decided to take it. He said:

“Although my official title is Yard Manager at the Essex Depot my role is pretty diverse. As well as looking after the cabins, liaising with clients and managing the yard staff I often get involved with Health and Safety matters, but it has always been in an unofficial capacity as our trained H&S team is based in the Northern office.

Until now I hadn’t had a formal qualification in the role but have put to good use my nine or so years of experience in doing this job with AV Group.

Mike Walker and James Kelly, our Health and Safety Team, suggested the course and I was delighted to accept as I knew it would give me some formal training in accident prevention and in establishing safer working practices.

This is a really important element of the firm’s work and Mike and James are rolling out a programme of increased Health and Safety initiatives right across the company to ensure we continue to exceed industry standards.

I took the course locally in Basildon over a four-day period and it covered topics including Risk Management, implementing H&S management systems and policy and the impact of H&S on the environment.

We’re already acting on many of these practices in the Essex depot and will be looking to refine our health and safety approach even further over the coming months.

April 25th, 2016|

Recycling and Environmental Practices

Delivering significant environmental benefits is an essential consideration for Danzer. Some of the key features are as follows:

Better building performance: Factory production means buildings are manufactured to very tight tolerances. Use of cutting edge software ensures that every building designed by Danzer has carbon emission rates which will either meet or exceed the requirements of Building Regulations Part L2. Tests conducted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on the Linkpak building system have shown that it exceeds the Building Regulations Part L air permeability requirements by 70% – resulting in exceptional energy efficiency performance for reduced energy consumption.

Environmental control: We have gained accreditation for our high-standards of environmental management and commitment to ongoing environmental responsibility. This means that the environmental impact of our products and processes is being reduced through the successful implementation of an environmental management system that is certified to ISO 14001:2004.

Ozone-friendly materials: The insulation materials used in the walls, roof and floor of Danzer buildings have an ODP (Ozone Depleting Potential) of zero – minimising their impact on the environment.

Reduced noise and pollution: Fewer vehicle movements mean less environmental pollution because of reduced vehicle mileage. Noise levels on site are also minimised.

Recycling of materials: Danzer buildings are manufactured with ease of disassembly and recycling in mind. Bolted components can easily be dismantled and re-used, and steel is endlessly recyclable.

Less waste: The amount of waste generated at both the factory and the site location is minimised.

April 25th, 2016|

New Homes For Chelmsford


Danzer Limited is delighted to be working with Higgins Construction as it designs and builds 386 new homes in central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association.

We have provided ten modules, stacked 5 on 5 and linked with an external staircase which will provide site welfare facilities for the construction team and subcontractors.

The OpenPlan units will be used as a large canteen area, changing rooms, ladies and gents toilet facilities, and a shower block. On the first floor there will be a large open plan office space with separate individual meeting rooms.

Danzer installed the buildings last Autumn and the development, which will also deliver a commercial space, retail units and a two level car park, is progressing well towards its expected completion dates in 2018.

Commenting on Genesis’s plans for the scheme David Doherty, Genesis Development Manager for City Park West said: “We have had unprecedented interested in phase one with nearly all units sold or rented. We are delighted that work on this vibrant new community at the heart of Chelmsford is underway.”

Tony Millidge, Construction Director of Higgins Construction said, “We are delighted to be working with Genesis Housing Association on such an important project for Chelmsford. As a company we are keen to ensure that we forge positive relationships with the local community during construction as well as strong links with the local businesses.”

April 25th, 2016|

Danzer Supports Kent Housebuilder To Create New Homes

Chartway AV Danzer

Danzer Limited is helping another great housebuilder, this time providing ten site accommodation units for the Chartway Group at its East Hall development at Sittingbourne, Kent.

Chartway is building 265 new homes on the site which is due for completion in phases between now and 2020. It will provide a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bed homes, some with garages and offering a mix of private sale, shared ownership and affordable rent units.

We have provide Chartway with ten OpenSpace units, stacked 5 on 5 with an external linking staircase plus a 4.8 x 2.7m Protecta toilet block. On the ground floor there is a large open plan canteen, WC block, changing room and induction room.

The first floor accommodates ladies and gents toilets, a reception area, individual offices and large open plan office with tea station.

Chartway is in good company alongside the other great housebuilders we support including Taylor Wimpey, Barratt, David Wilson Homes and Radleigh Homes who all use our steel anti-vandal cabins on their development sites across the country.  

April 25th, 2016|