Recycling depot takes delivery

Here’s a two unit system which we have just installed at a recycling depot in Alfreton, Derbyshire for JC Balls. We linked the two units end to end to provide a weigh bridge office, canteen, drying room and WC facilities and also included data points and air conditioning. We raised the building up onto large foundations to allow the weigh bridge window to line up with the vehicle windows to enable to staff to communicate more directly with drivers and also included roller shutters for increased security.

July 10th, 2015|

Our new production site completes it’s first 50 buildings!

50th unit

This week we saw the 50th unit come through our new production facility at Langley Mill.

This particular modular building is heading to Taylor Wimpey who are developing new homes at sites right across the country.

Since opening the £1.3m production unit in January we have worked non-stop to meet the demand for steel cabins, demand which has predominantly come from housebuilder clients as confidence returns to the residential property market.

Not only can we fulfill our order books more easily but the new facility provides our team with a high quality environment in which to work. We have installed an overhead crane, gas-piping system, welding equipment, spray painting facilities with full extraction and air filter systems.

Looking forward to seeing our next 50 modular buildings coming though!

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April 17th, 2015|

Chancellors Budget 2015

So another budget comes and goes, what did you all think? Great news for home buyers was our first impression and of course continuing to focus on investing in the Northern Powerhouse can only be good news for the whole country. The North’s economy grew faster than the South, with more jobs created in the North than any other region in the UK. George Osborne also outlined plans which mean Greater Manchester will keep 100% growth in local business rates which is great news for our home region.

A favourable budget too for many of our contractor clients who are involved with the northern hub and HS2 projects.

And the new Help to Buy Isa will certainly help first time buyers and in turn will be a real boost to house building. With the Government contributing 25% to first time buyer deposits via the scheme it is likely to stimulate further demand in the market, demand we are certainly seeing in orders from house builders for on-site accommodation units.

The budget also focused on strengthening Britain’s economy and the increasing rise in the UK’s living standards and with a penny off the beer we can all look forward to the celebrating at the weekend for sure!

March 20th, 2015|

Sun worshipping, super-mooning, and Friday morning frolics

The Denton AV Group team checking out today’s partial eclipse. Did you see it too? If you missed it check out the BBC’s link here

March 20th, 2015|

Self Raising for Red Nose Day!

Red Nose Day 2015

As promised a host of delicious baked treats were on sale at our Denton offices last Thursday and Friday, and we promised no soggy bottoms or under baked sponges – on the contrary the annual feast produced £150 in donations to Red Nose Day 2015.

AV Group supports Comic Relief every year – so thank you to our clients, suppliers and friends for helping Comic Relief pass the £1 billion mark in 2015!

March 17th, 2015|

£1.3m Investment as Demand Soars


New Steel Production Facility Opens As Demand Soars

One of the country’s leading manufacturers of steel site accommodation units and modular buildings has opened a new production facility following a huge rise in demand and a £1.3m investment programme.

Nottingham’s Danzer Limited, opened the new steel production unit last week at its Langley Mill site and has also recruited a new Production Manager, Shaun Thomas, to oversee the expansion in production business. It is anticipated that the new facility will deliver a 50% increase in productivity in steel manufacture, delivering an additional £2m of revenue.

Commenting on the new facility Danzer Director, Helen Scott, said: “Steel sales are really strong and we were struggling to meet client demand with just our existing plant. We have certainly benefitted from the surge in requirement from house builders as confidence returns to the residential property market. Another growth area for our business is in modular classrooms for schools and colleges as pressure continues to be placed on the education sector to replace outdated facilities and accommodate a growing population.”

She continues: “We have also restructured the senior team and recruited Shaun to oversee our production operation which will enable my fellow Directors and founding family members, Bill and Dan Holloway, to focus more actively on sales and customer service.”

The new steel plant includes an overhead crane, gas-piping system, welding equipment, spray painting facilities with full extraction and air filter systems.

As part of the overall investment programme sister company AV Group is also undertaking a refurbishment programme for its 4000-strong fleet of hire accommodation units which are manufactured by the Danzer team in Nottingham. AV Group provides on-site accommodation to construction clients including BAM UK, Wates, McLaren, Grahams, Skanska and Eric Wright Group amongst many others.

The swift growth surge has also come from house builders such as Barratt, David Wilson Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Radleigh Homes who use the firm’s steel anti-vandal cabins on development sites across the country.

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. John founded AV Group in 1986 after a globe-traveling career with other modular firms.

In 1995 AV Group opened its manufacturing arm Danzer Ltd in Langley Mill and expanded to include the sale of modular buildings as well as growing its hire fleet. Today the company’s installations can be seen across the UK and the City of Manchester at key development sites including the recent Co-Op HQ for BAM Construction and also at the Etihad Stadium.

Danzer Ltd manufactures all of its units in the UK and John has firmly resisted all pressures to manufacture elsewhere ensuring as many jobs are created and remain in the UK as possible.

The firm is still a tight family run concern with sons Bill and Dan Holloway managing the company along with fellow Director Helen Scott.

They provide modular units to construction firms, schools, sports clubs and healthcare providers across the country.


February 3rd, 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|

Danzer Limited Completes Largest Ever Modular Installation

The company’s biggest single commission to date was completed recently and installed in Shardlow, Derbyshire.

Featuring our LinkPak steel and timber modular product, no fewer than sixty four 33m x 48m modules make up this substantial building which will provide laboratory space for a food processing company. The building replaces one which had previously been fire damaged, was towards the end of its lifespan and was no longer fit for purpose.

The client’s requirement for a peripheral corridor running around the facility and half glazed interior partitioning to create different lab spaces was readily accommodated by redesigning LinkPak system’s steelwork.

We manufactured and delivered the units from our Langley Mill factory in Nottingham in four phases – supplying 16 modules with each phase. Our installation team handled the fitting of doors, trims and fixings on site, including making sure the exterior Steni Brick cladding lined up perfectly – a challenging task on a build of this scale. The laboratory team themselves undertook all of the technical fittings such as autoclaves, incubators and extraction facilities.

The completed structure is predominantly a laboratory facility under a ridged roof, with some sound-proofed office accommodation included. A roof top plant room was also added to the design to take care of systems such as heating, aircon and fume extraction and we included a steel access ladder and door out onto the roof for easy maintenance.

We added some nice design touches such as an Oak portcullis-style entrance door as well as recessed porches and canopies to provide shelter in poor weather.

Given the size of this order and the current strength of our order book we are investing in a brand new steel processing facility at Langley Mill so we can produce even bigger and more complex installations in years to come.

Photos courtesy of Paul Fletcher.

July 31st, 2014|

Peel Park Campus topped out

The development of the University of Salford’s Peel Park campus has reached a milestone with a topping out ceremony for the £81m project.

Graham Construction has completed the steel frameworks for the site which will consist of nine blocks ranging from five to nine storeys. We reported this project here, back in February.

Peel Park will provide a total of 1,387 new bed spaces across two separate sites.

Graham Construction started work on the project in November 2013 as part of the Salford Villages Consortium.

This includes Graham Investment Projects, Campus Living Villages, Equitix and Kier Project Investment, who have jointly invested and developed the property with the project finance being provided by Standard Life Investments.

The site is expected to be open by September 2015.

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July 24th, 2014|

New projects order is a boost for the AV Group

We’re delighted with our recent order book amounting to over £732,000. We have received confirmation for 3 projects for Southwark Council. All 3 projects are for Primary School expansions at Keyworth, Grange and Albion.

July 1st, 2014|