Team Effort Sees Fast Track Growth For AV Danzer

AV Danzer People

Both Danzer and AV Group have delivered really strong performances this year so we thought a quick round up and a big thank you was due to all of our wonderful staff!

AV Group has reported a record year for profit and growth with an 18% increase in profit in the year to September 2015, with turnover up to £6.8m from £5.8m. Turnover for Danzer in the last financial year field was £5.380m with profits forecast this year at £420k. In May alone we received orders exceeding £1.5m for Danzer which is fantastic news and down to the huge efforts made by our team.

In June we were shortlisted in the Derby Telegraph Business of the Year Awards for Excellence in Manufacturing and came runners-up which was a fantastic achievement. In Manchester we have also been shortlisted by the judges in the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards and we will know more about that in the Autumn.

Director Helen Scott was also invited to represent Danzer Limited by taking part in a Family Business round table discussion which appears in the latest Midlands Business Insider Magazine.

Our export business continues to grow with new phases of the Iron Mountain project now installed in Helsinki and our steel sales, rental and modular building orders continue to go from strength to strength. We now have 26 staff working for AV Group and 51 for Danzer and everyone of them has played a significant role in helping to achieve the growth we have seen in the last few years.

The Directors would like to thank everyone for their continued hard work and to welcome some of our latest recruits.

David Lear is our new Production Manager at Langley Mill who joined us this year and is doing a fantastic job in keeping everything moving and ensuring we deliver our orders on time and without a hitch.

We have also welcomed new steel estimator Daniel Chatfield to the team and Martin Smith who joined as our Modular Estimator. Daniel will be concentrating on our Protecta and Openspace quotes as well as supporting the modular estimating and office team at Langley Mill. We have also appointed our first ever full time electrician at Denton, so a big welcome to Jack Cox.

As the team continues to expand we have also appointed Angela Bloomfield as HR officer helping on all staff and employment matters and Amanda Caddick has joined us in the positon of credit controller.

Also joining us this year are Henry Nash, Stephen Gervin and Daniel Rook who all run our Denton yard so capably. Josh Berry is our trainee installation operative and of course our Health and Safety Expert James Kelly who represented us so ably at the Houses of Parliament recently.

June 21st, 2016|

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|

Housebuilding boom sees a full order book for Danzer Limited

The strength of Danzer’s current order book certainly supports recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the house-building industry continues to go from strength to strength despite concerns around the recent general election.

ONS figures for March showed that average house prices are rising, growing 9.76% and achieving a year-on-year figure of £273,000. Scotland reported and annual growth of nearly 15%.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders also says approvals for home loans are beginning to pick up after a quiet beginning to the year with buyer confidence boosted by lower stamp duty, rising employment, pay increases and falling inflation.

It is certainly a trend which is evidenced in the orders we are receiving from housebuilders. In the last 12 months we have delivered 190 steel site accommodation units to Taylor Wimpey, one of the country’s leading house builders, a long standing and much valued client of Danzer Limited. Our welfare units are on 35 of their development sites across the country.

Each unit is manufactured in line with Taylor Wimpey’s strict environmental sustainability specification which ensures that every development has the minimum environmental impact. Taylor Wimpey measures the greenhouse gas impact of all of its developments, including its supply chain, and is working with the Carbon Trust to develop an even more detailed strategy to monitor, measure and manage its carbon emissions and report each year on its performance. We are delighted to be working with them to help achieve that goal.

With further orders for steel units from a wide range of other housebuilders also on our books our production facility is again working at capacity, despite expanding just six months ago. To accommodate the surge in business we are growing the team and recruiting for a number of roles (click here to read more about available jobs). Further investment into the production plant including new steel press and guillotine is also likely in the near future.

Order book value for steel units waiting to be built stands at £1.15m and modular sales also continue to soar so we are looking forward to a busy summer ahead !

May 31st, 2015|

Booth Ventures install modular buildings for quarries in Glossop, Bolton, and Leeds

Booth Ventures

Booth Ventures is one of the leading providers of waste management and site regeneration services in the UK. With a rapidly expanding business the Group has purchased a series of units from Danzer Limited to support growth at three of its key sites across the North.

At its Mouselow Quarry base in Glossop, Derbyshire Booths have commissioned a 20 x 10ft unit which will provide welfare facilities for site staff as well as storage and kitchen space. The additional space is required as Booths has just signed a five year contract at the Quarry for blockstone extraction.

A second 32 x 10 ft unit for its Harwood site in Bolton will provide facilities to support the sales team which is expanding following a significant increase in commercial business at the site.

And three further units are being located at Booth’s operation in Leeds. Two 32 x 10 ft units will provide welfare and office accommodation space in a double stack arrangement. A further 20 x10 ft unit is being used to house weighbridge controls and to provide more office accommodation for the growing team.

Commenting on the selection of AV Group to provide the support units Booth Venture’s Paul Andersen said: “We’ve worked with Danzer on previous occasions and they have always been very consistent in providing a really high level of specification, a quality finish with no delay with the delivery of the units. What really sets them apart for the competition is the personal service with fast quotation turnaround and clear costings followed by friendly touch and genuine care from Helen and the team.“

Booth Ventures is regulated by the Environment Agency, the local authority and the Health and Safety Executive and, is committed to delivering environmental services which fully meet all current legislation – delivering solutions which help achieve significant return for our clients and bring benefit to the local community and environment.

Through the regeneration services it delivers Booths has capabilities and resources to undertake a wide range of remediation projects from the clean up of contaminated land to land raising and re-profiling.

May 31st, 2015|

Steel units support helicopter search and rescue service

Bristow Helicopters

Bristow Helicopters has entered into a significant rental agreement with AV Group for a series of steel modular units. They will provide accommodation and welfare facilities for its new helicopter search and rescue (SAR) team, which will operate out of Lydd Airport in Kent.

The SAR operation from Lydd will employ about 30 crew, engineers and support staff and the airport has undertaken a significant programme of re-development to accommodate the new service. New facilities include a runway extension and new hangar.

The twelve 9.7m x 3m steel units, have been manufactured by Danzer Limited for AV Group. They have been fitted out specifically for Bristow Helicopters and will provide support facilities, enabling them to carry out missions along the south coast from Lydd for at least the next 12 months once the RAF ceases operations in July.

Danzer’s Dan Holloway commented: “This is a unique project and we are delighted to be able to provide some of the facilities required to deliver such an important service. We were selected by Bristow due to our ability to develop cost effective layouts, using our 32×10 OpenSpace modules and cabins, and we designed the configuration which best suited their needs, available space and budget.”

The units have been installed within the main hangar at Lydd Airport. The space created will provide; Avionics and Aircraft workshops, a bonded store, lecture and training rooms, separate chief pilot, crewman and engineer’s offices and welfare facilities including locker rooms, a canteen, toilet and showers.

Bristow is to replace ageing RAF and Royal Navy Sea King helicopters with Sikorsky S-92s and AgustaWestland 189s, with services based in 10 locations around the UK.

To find out more about Bristow’s search and rescue operation at Lydd click here for a BBC news report.

Lydd Installation AV Danzer

UK SAR Coverage

May 31st, 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|

£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|

Final phase modular accommodation building launched at Emmaus

Emmaus Danzer

We are delighted to have now installed the final phase of accommodation for Emmaus Hastings and Rother, a homeless charity that provides work and living space for people.

Back in 20009 we were instructed to manufacture a 23 bedroom, en-suite modular accommodation block, incorporating management accommodation, a communal living room, laundry room, common areas and kitchen facilities. The facility has also been built to include a bedroom and en-suite facilities which can be used by companions living with disability.

The 16 module building, which is configured over two floors, was manufactured, delivered and installed in three phases to enable the Charity to raise funds at each stage. The final phase was installed last week and now all 23 rooms are available to be used.

The building is named Charlie Jordan House in honour of the first Chairman of Emmaus Hastings and Rother, and was officially launched by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in December 2013. The Duchess has been a patron of Emmaus since 2006.

Click here to see a video of the Royal Visit.

Emmaus Danzer
Emmaus Danzer

Danzer Ltd Director Dan Holloway, said: “It’s great to see the final phase up and running and it is a project with which we are very proud to have been involved. Getting the Royal seal of approval last year was just great but it’s even better to know that these units are now fully functioning and available for people without homes.”
Emmaus Hastings and Rother provides a home and meaningful work for 15 people who have experienced homelessness. The companions live on site in the purpose-built accommodation and they work in the charity’s social enterprise, a shop selling second-hand furniture and other donated items, and a recently opened café.

Emmaus Danzer

At the time of the Royal visit we reported more fully on the build work and you can find out more here

May 28th, 2014|