Yearly Archives: 2017

Case Study – Mulberry Bear Day Nursery, Milton Keynes

Mulberry Bear Day Nursery

Mulberry Bear Nursery is situated on the Open University campus in Milton Keynes and provides care for babies and children of staff and students at the campus. They were looking at ways they could offer a more usable outdoor space for their children and babies.

The nursery already had an outside area with Wet Pour rubber flooring laid. This flooring is a safe rubber coating ideal for babies and children to crawl and play on. However the nursery said that it  gets warm in direct sunlight so the Nursery wanted some shade to provide an all year round outdoor space for the children.

After completing a site survey to discuss the requirements of the Nursery it was decided that a free standing Mono-Pitch canopy with timber posts would give an area of 4.75m long and projecting 4.5m. This structure required 4 foundation pots to be excavated and the structure erected to provide the nursery with the cover they required. The canopy was installed in September and now provides the nursery with a more comfortable outdoor area.

The Nursery now have a usable space for all weather conditions.












Vacancy: Project Coordinator


Working within a team of 2 other project coordinators managed by the planning office manager, tasks involve organising activities and managing communications for construction projects from sale through to despatch. Organisation and customer service skills are vital along with good computer skills. Construction experience is also important. Full time hours.

 Based out of our head office in Warrington with travel to site required as necessary to carry out the management of projects. FT hours 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on a Friday. 24 days holiday 4 kept for Christmas shutdown, staff life insurance, staff health cash plan, company pension in line with auto enrolment legislation and non contractual profit share annual bonus. Salary on application.

If this is a role that appeals to you please send your CV by email to

Job Description – Project Coordinator

Georgian wired polycarbonate goes from strength to strength

The innovative Georgian wired polycarbonate is a creation that we here at Twinfix we are very proud to have invented.  As a British manufacturer in operation for over 28 years we often see a need in the market place and we design a product to suit the need.  This is exactly how Georgian wired polycarbonate, one of our leading products, came to be invented.

This innovative glazing materials looks the same as Georgian wired glass, but it won’t break.  This durable and incredibly strong material is made from Makrolon, the highest quality of polycarbonate in the marketplace.  Years of testing went into its creation and the team at Twinfix are delighted with the finished product.  It is important when supplying glazing into roofing applications, many of them being public spaces such as railway stations and factories, that the best quality is used.  Our glazing sheet has completed the relevant safety test.  Combine this with our manufacturing experience and the use of the best quality polycarbonate available and we are confident that we are offering a far superior product to our imitators.

Joint MD Vicky Evans talks about the product:

With safety always at the top of our agenda we are proud of what our Georgian wired product has to offer.  It is virtually unbreakable, making it so much safer than traditional Georgian wired glass which will often crack in situ or break during transportation or installation.  Of particular advantage is its light weight, making it easier, safer and quicker to install.  We have tested our product to the relevant fire tests and it passes.  I think that although it is sometimes tempting to look for a product that is slightly cheaper in price this can sometimes result in an inferior quality product.  In my opinion it is not worth compromising on the quality of a product that is used in public spaces.

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GW Polycarbonate roof glazing at Stirling Station

Georgian Wired Polycarbonate - mimics Georgian wired glass

Education Estates 2017

Twinfix has been on a roll this year with its exhibition presence.  Last week saw a third appearance, this time at Education Estates at Manchester Central.

Education Estates specifically focuses on the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of educational premises across the UK.  This proved to be the perfect platform for Twinfix to promote its high quality range of canopies and roof glazing systems which are often specified in the education sector.

Director Vicky Evans was the face of Twinfix for the two-day event and thoroughly enjoyed meeting contacts old and new, as well as speaking to other exhibitors.

Directors Sarah Kench and Vicky Evans have a productive evening setting up the stand

Directors Sarah Kench and Vicky Evans had a productive evening setting up the stand.

Vicky Evans had a busy couple of days, but thoroughly enjoyed herself

Vicky Evans had a busy couple of days, but thoroughly enjoyed herself.


Build Show 2017

Last week we exhibited at Build Show 2017.  The event attracts thousands of construction professionals to Birmingham’s NEC, who are looking for products and services to boost their businesses and enhance their projects.  We were delighted to welcome some of the visitors to our stand and have the opportunity to chat to them about what we have to offer.  It was a very busy, but thoroughly enjoyable and productive few days and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Team Twinfix

Team Twinfix


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Success

What better way to end the week than with a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  Well done to our master bakers for producing such tasty treats and a big thank you to everybody who came along and helped to make the day such a success.  A whopping £169 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support, a worthy cause. Coffee Morning 5

Our first umbrella canopy

Our Lady of the Missions Primary School in Thornliebank, near Glasgow has welcomed students back to a new academic year with the addition of a brand new 5 metre diameter Twinfix umbrella canopy.  With benches fitted underneath it is part of the new outdoor learning space organised by the Parent Council.

Working alongside Scotplay & Sports Ltd for East Renfrewshire Council, we designed, manufactured and installed this, our first umbrella canopy, in-house; using our own dedicated teams for each part of the task.  Structural calculations indicated that the 5 metre diameter roof needed a central post manufactured from steel, plus a rather large foundation pot, reinforced with steel mesh.   The octagonal roof consists of 25mm clear multiwall polycarbonate glazing fitted on to an aluminium frame.  All the metalwork was powder coated to RAL 5101 blue.  One of the school’s safety requirements was that no child should be able to stand on a bench and touch the roof of the canopy so our Design team provided a cross-section drawing that showed how a 5’8″ child could not reach the roof, as well as visuals of how the canopy would look once installed

A standard part of our canopy manufacturing process is a dry-assembly run prior to powder coating the metal elements.  This enables us to ensure that everything fits together easily, our aim being glitch-free site installation.

Although we planned on using a mechanical digger to create the foundation hole we actually ended up using spades as well, due to the appearance in our hole of foundations from an earlier building.  It was quite a task!  Once completed we left it for several days to allow the concrete to set firmly, during which time Scotplay & Sports installed artificial turf to the area.

Access to the canopy site round the school buildings was rather tight and the whole area was hilly, so getting installation equipment in and out was not the easiest of tasks – but we quite enjoyed the challenge.  To lift the steel post into place we used a Genie SLA fitted with material slings, being careful not to damage the smart, newly laid artificial turf.   Once the post was in place, we refitted the turf and the rest of the roof was installed very quickly.

The summer holiday also saw many parents helping out in the school grounds, spreading hundreds of sacks of bark, cutting up logs, and marking up the playgrounds.  This is all Phase I of a very ambitious plan the Parent Council have to create a learning environment that will enable the children to develop a range of important physical, social and academic skills whilst having fun outdoors.  The area immediately under and around the canopy is now a designated outdoor classroom and with a role of 950 children it was decided that year groups from Primary 3, 4, 5 and 6 would be given a designated day each week when they could use the area during playtimes.  During teaching time this rather different classroom may be booked for use by individual teachers.

Classes 1a and b enjoying playtime in the outdoor classroom

Classes 1a and b enjoying playtime in the outdoor classroom

We think our first school umbrella canopy looks great.  And it looks as if the children agree with us.  We can’t wait to see what Phase II of their scheme looks like!