Supporting Smartworks At Christmas


Every year we hold our now legendary staff Christmas Raffle which helps us to raise funds for local charities. We put all of our generous supplier-donated Christmas gifts into the mix and our wonderful team bake cakes and contribute additional prizes too.

Last year we raised £376 for the Wellspring Centre in Stockport which supports homeless and disadvantaged people in our community so let’s see how well we do this year!!

This Christmas we will be supporting Smartworks, a Manchester-based charity which helps women get back to work. They provide guidance, support and advice as well as helping people with donations of smart clothing for interviews and beyond.

Georgina Walkden from Smartworks explains how the organisation works. She said: “Smart Works provides high quality interview clothing, styling advice and interview training to out-of-work women on low incomes.  We help women to feel confident, look fabulous, succeed at their job interview and move on with their life. This donation from AVDanzer will be really valuable to help us continue our work in 2017 and I’d like to thank the team very much for supporting us.”
Smartworks helps women who need interview-appropriate outfits.  They are given clothes and accessories (theirs to keep) and are provided with one-to-one preparation training so they feel more confident and able to believe in their own ability to succeed. 

AVDanzer’s Helen Scott said: “Smartworks is a fantastic charity that really works and helps to change the lives of so many women and we are delighted to be donating to them this year. I believe that offering support to women whose self-confidence is low and who want to work, but are perhaps struggling to find a way back in, has a really positive impact on our society. For mothers trying to return to work it helps them find a way back in and to be role models and provide for their children as they wish to which is so important.”

The Raffle will take place in the Denton office on Friday 23rd December and we will let you know how much we raise.

December 21st, 2016|

Mucking in with Skanska and Balfour Beatty at Crossness sewage treatment plant

Crossness Water Treatment AV Danzer Skanska Balfour Beatty Thames Water

AVDanzer has provided superb welfare facilities for a joint venture between Skanska and Balfour Beatty at the Crossness sewage treatment plant in Thamesmead, London.

The joint venture between the two organisations will see them provide design-and-build solutions for the development and delivery of Thames Water’s ground breaking £2billion improvements programme in a ‘super alliance’ of industry-leading organisations.

We have provided a 17 module welfare unit to accommodate the contractors and sub-contractors working on the project. The facilities include a great canteen and relaxation areas, training and meeting rooms as well as toilets and showers. The units have been purchased by the JV and will remain on site for the duration of the project which is likely to be 2-5 years.

Commenting on the commission, AVDanzer’s John Roper said: “We have worked with Skanska on numerous sites over the years but the projects being delivered by this JV partnership are on an enormous scale. It sounds like it’s going to be tough work and they will be on site for a number of years so it is really good to know we have provided the team with the very best welfare facilities available.”

The Crossness project is part of Thames Water’s Asset Management Plan to upgrade and modernize its sewage treatment plants right across the London and Thames Valley territory which should be complete by 2020. It’s a lengthy project as the Thames Water network contains 20,000 miles of water pipes, 26 reservoirs, 350 sewage works, 68,000 miles of sewers and a staggering 1.2 million manholes.

The work at Crossness will see the JV Partnership install a THP Plant (thermal hydrolysis process), which involves the heating of leftover waste sludge to 160 degrees Celsius at high pressure. This is then fed into anaerobic digesters where ‘good bacteria’ breaks down organic material to produce bio-methane gas that is burned to generate renewable electricity.

THP plants are also being installed at Beckton and Riverside sewage works in Essex, Long Reach in Dartford, Oxford and Crawley and together they will process up to 400 tonnes dry solids of sludge per day and help generate 278GWh of electricity every year.

December 21st, 2016|

AVDanzer Invests £250,000 at Langley Mill site

AV Danzer AV Group invest £250,000 at Langley Mill

AVDanzer Invests £250,000 at Langley Mill site

Nottingham modular building manufacturer AVDanzer is investing £250,000 in its site at Langley Mill following a record breaking year.

In January it will install new offices, built on site by the design and fabrication teams, to accommodate 14 office staff and provide welfare facilities for up to 50 of the production team.

The new modular building will comprise AVDanzer’s flagship OpenSpace product and replaces the existing building which is no longer fit for purpose. It includes a kitchen, self-service canteen and relaxation area as well as board and meeting rooms and a first aid room. The building will also be slightly re-sited to create a new carpark area for staff and visitors. A range of environmentally friendly features such as PIR lighting and rain water harvesting will be included as well as high levels of insulation and heating.

Across the site AVDanzer is also investing in its production facilities including a new steel press and guillotine which will continue to improve efficiencies in the manufacturing process. There will also be general maintenance and refurbishment works to all areas of the site including the panel shop and stores and new toilet facilities.

The company, which manufactures modular buildings and hires site accommodation units, underwent a re-brand earlier this year to bring together its hire and manufacturing businesses. With a combined turnover in excess of £11m AVDanzer has enjoyed rapid growth in the last two years and now employs 76 staff across three sites in the Midlands, Manchester and Essex.

Commenting on the investment, AVDanzer Director Helen Scott said: “We started our manufacturing operation at Langley Mill in 1995 and have now totally outgrown the offices which are also coming to the end of their useful life. This investment will leave us well positioned to build on the success of recent years and it is great to be able to commission our own product to create a building which will comfortably see us through the next 20 years or more.”

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December 21st, 2016|

Building Better Classrooms For Nottingham’s Children

Radcliffe-on-Trent Infant School Modular Building AV Danzer AVDanzer

At AVDanzer we continue to help build classrooms for the future and are delighted to have delivered two superb new facilities for schools in Nottinghamshire via Nottingham County Council.

Radcliffe-on-Trent Infant School was looking for more space and so we built and delivered a 9 module unit to create a 9.4m x 25m classroom which will now be used by 90 nursery aged children.

GF Tomlinson carried out all of the ground works and we installed the building for them in just one day. It is an open plan facility which provides a stand-alone teaching space including a large open plan classroom, reception area, 3 sets of infant toilets at each end, kitchen, store room and disabled facilities too.

To achieve the highest level of energy efficiency we also specified a monopitch roof with Kingspan roof panels and Armourplan membrane outersheet. We used Kawneer windows and doors which feature a unique thermal break system for added efficiency.

The building also features 3 electrically opening, double-glazed roof lights to ensure maximum natural daylight and external walls were finished with acrylic render and insulation boards.

Not content with simply building new classrooms we have also helped to relocated an existing temporary classroom to Radcliffe Infants. Four years ago we delivered a temporary modular building to the Heymann Primary School in West Bridgford which they used as an extra teaching facility. However, this facility became surplus to requirements when the school undertook a £7m build programme. The 6 module building which provides an additional 2 classrooms was delivered to Radcliff Infants and we located it on an area of land adjacent to the main school site. This was then totally refurbished and internal alterations were made to suit its new use.

At Lantern Lane Primary School in Loughborough we delivered an even bigger building which comprises 17 modules to create over 361 m2 of space.

The building includes 4 classrooms, circulation space, toilet facilities, plant room, offices, kitchen corridors and reception area.

Together the buildings represent an investment £900,000 by Nottingham County Council as part of its basic needs classroom programme.

December 1st, 2016|