Monthly Archives: February 2016

Vacancy: Project Co-ordinator


Twinfix are looking to recruit a Project Co-ordinator to strengthen our existing Project Planning team. Reporting to the Project Office Manager, this position will be responsible for managing construction based projects from sale through to delivery and installation.


  1. Individual project ownership for anything up to £500K’s worth of construction projects.
  2. Maintaining all project actions and ensuring timely progression of all projects.
  3. Communicating verbally and in writing with customers / construction sites – assessing sites to ensure readiness for install in line with programme. This will involve reviewing site conditions for initial site survey, if necessary carrying out site surveys and as the projects progress confirming readiness for actual install. Talking to site managers regularly to understand their site programmes and where our install falls in the critical path of the overall project.
  4. Attending site to carry out any necessary site meetings.
  5. Managing installation schedules – ensure efficient management of resource (ensuring that installation teams are scheduled in correctly, including in-house and subcontract teams) to achieve customer and business requirements.
  6. Working with the company’s installation manager to help assess number of days/people required on site.
  7. Coordinating with the necessary suppliers for project based materials.
  8. Arranging and coordinating with subcontractors for installation and groundwork. Manage subcontractor performance and ensure all subcontractors have the required certifications and accreditations to maintain approved status.
  9. Issuing all relevant project paperwork to clients and subcontractors plus in-house housekeeping of all project paperwork when returned from site’
  10. Work with the manufacturing coordinator regarding production schedules in line with programme.
  11. Liaising with our design and technical team for drawings and technical paperwork.
  12. Liaising with sales to extract project information and coordinating pricing variations.
  13. Reviewing project order paperwork to ensure agreement to term.


  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Sage
  • Basic CAD viewing
  • Construction industry experience
  • Basic contracts experience
  • Good communication skills – written and verbal

This job description is not an exhaustive list of tasks. Additional activities will be required above and beyond those listed to carry out the role. Changes to the role will occur as the needs of the business change.


Candidates should forward their CV to

Job Description – Project Coordinator

New Entrance Canopy fitted on our Building

As a result of an internal competition set by the Directors for our design team, we now have a very smart new cantilevered canopy fitted over our building entrance.

The brief was to create something to replace the corroding steel canopy that had been part of the new building when we moved in during 2000.  After 16 years it was really looking its age and did nothing to enhance our reputation as the one-stop shop for canopies!

The winning canopy was created by Russ Ellery whose design is cantilevered off two round aluminium columns that are fixed tight up against the building to keep the area underneath as free as possible.  Aluminium is generally our number one choice for structures as it is such a versatile product to use, its light and easy to transport and move around, there’s tonnes of it readily available in the earth’s crust, it can be recycled again and again – and it doesn’t rust in use.  What more can you ask for?  The aluminium was powder coated to RAL 7015 matt to match the building’s window frames.  Two stainless steel tension rods were fitted diagonally from the columns to the semi-circular shaped roof below which was glazed in virtually unbreakable 6mm solid opal polycarbonate.

As part of his entry Russ produced visuals of the canopy from various angles as well as a video fly over that he created on 3DS Max software.  This wasn’t used as an entry for Grand Designs, but it did form part of our package to gain approval from our landlord, Birchwood Park Estates, for installation of the new canopy.

Well done Russ on a great design – we love our new entrance canopy!

Bespoke School Canopies from Twinfix

Twinfix bespoke canopies make great learning and play spaces for children of all ages.  Individually designed for each location, they are available with a range of roof shapes.  Canopies may be a lean-to design if the construction and height of the building walls is acceptable, or free-standing where this is not the case.  Whilst the frames are usually non-rusting aluminium that may be powder coated in many different colours (included within our standard price), they are also offered with a timber structure should this be preferred.

When you order a canopy from Twinfix you can be confident that it is an easy one-stop process as we have our own design, planning and installation teams, who will work seamlessly with our sales staff to ensure that your build runs smoothly.  For a more complicated design we also do a dry-run assembly of the structure before sending it off for powder coating.  This helps ensure that the final build on site goes smoothly.

Due to health and safety recommendations, the norm for a Twinfix school canopy roof is usually tough multiwall or solid polycarbonate roof glazing panels that conform to the non-fragile requirements of the drop test outlined in ACR[M]001:2014.  You can choose from a range of tints in both the solid and the multiwall polycarbonate, depending upon the requirements of your site.  We even have a Georgian wired look-alike solid polycarbonate for Heritage projects.  Where multiwall is the preferred choice we generally recommend 25mm multiwall rather than 16mm, as the thicker material with its complex internal X structure helps to cut down the drumming sound of rain that may be heard when using the 16mm product.

Our canopies and walkways may be installed either during term time or during holiday periods.   Installation usually takes place over two phases.  Groundworks are put in place, then covered over and left to set.  One of our installation teams will fit the actual structure a few days later.

These canopies have proven to be of great use in many schools, where not only are they used for learning and play, but they often also accommodate coat hooks or lockers enabling pupils quick and easy access to their jackets.  Some schools, particularly nurseries, also request the fitting of colourful padded post protectors for additional safety.  Yet other schools use their canopies as outside canteens – a much more economical and quick to build solution than a traditional bricks and mortar extension.  Whatever your needs, do get in touch with our team for a discussion on your requirements.