Monthly Archives: June 2023

Enhancing Learning Environments: Twinfix’s Canopy Work in Welsh Schools 

As we strive to create optimal learning environments for students, innovative solutions that blend functionality with aesthetics are gaining popularity. Among the frontrunners in this domain is Twinfix, a leading manufacturer and installer of high-quality canopies for educational institutions. With a strong commitment to transforming school spaces, Twinfix has been spearheading remarkable projects in Welsh schools, providing students with covered areas that foster learning, play, and socialisation.

One standout example of Twinfix’s exceptional canopy work is the transformation of Ysgol Bro Myrddin. Situated in Carmarthen, this primary school now boasts a stunning and practical canopy that has revolutionised its outdoor learning opportunities. By collaborating with the school staff and understanding their unique requirements, Twinfix manufactured, designed and installed a bespoke canopy solution tailored to the school’s needs.

The results have been nothing short of transformative. The canopy provides a versatile space for various activities, enabling outdoor learning experiences regardless of the weather. Students can now engage in educational sessions, play, and socialise, all while being protected from rain or excessive sunlight. Twinfix’s innovative design has seamlessly integrated the canopy into the existing architecture, enhancing the school’s overall aesthetic appeal.

Expanding Impact: Other Inspiring Examples:

In addition to the remarkable work done at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Twinfix has been involved in several other school canopy projects across Wales. Below we have listed a few more examples that showcase the diverse applications and positive impact of their installations:

Ysgol Llanllechid:

Located in Gwynedd, Ysgol Llanllechid is an exemplary bilingual primary school. Twinfix partnered with the school to create an inviting outdoor area that complements their commitment to holistic education. The school have continued to invest in utilising their outdoor space by adding five new canopies and extending one since the first canopy was installed. The new canopies have become a hub for creative activities, stimulating curiosity and imagination among the students.

Ysgol Glannau Gwaun:

Twinfix’s collaboration with Ysgol Glannau Gwaun in Pembrokeshire led to the creation of an expansive canopy that connects different areas of the campus. This architectural marvel provides a sheltered walkway spanning 40 sqm, providing sheltered passage and waiting area for the students.

Ysgol Rhyd Y Llan:

Twinfix’s canopy installation at Ysgol Rhyd Y Llan in Anglesey has revolutionised the school’s approach to outdoor learning. The versatile canopy space now serves as an outdoor classroom, enabling teachers to deliver engaging lessons in a stimulating environment.

Twinfix’s dedication to enhancing learning environments in Welsh schools through their exceptional canopy work is commendable. By collaborating closely with educational institutions and understanding their unique requirements, Twinfix has successfully transformed outdoor spaces into dynamic hubs for learning, creativity, and socialisation.

As we continue to recognise the importance of providing holistic educational experiences, Twinfix’s canopies have become instrumental in breaking down traditional classroom barriers. Through their innovative designs, they have opened up new avenues for outdoor learning, play, and exploration, empowering students to thrive in inspiring environments.

So Coach Empowering Twinfix Team with Mental Health First Aid Training!

Twinfix is taking a significant step forward in prioritising employee well-being by partnering with SO Coach First Aid, a renowned provider of Mental Health First Aid training. Today, some of our team are completing the Mental Health First Aid course, which will equip us with essential skills to support mental health in the workplace.

Mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being, and as a responsible organisation, Twinfix understands the importance of creating a supportive environment for its employees. By investing in Mental Health First Aid training, we are taking proactive measures to ensure that our team members have the knowledge and tools to identify and respond to mental health challenges effectively.
So Coach is renowned for its expertise in mental health training, and we are delighted to welcome their highly skilled trainers to our offices. With their guidance and insights, we will gain a deeper understanding of mental health issues, learn to recognise warning signs, and develop the skills to offer initial support to those who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or distress.
During the training sessions, we will cover a range of topics, including common mental health disorders, strategies for active listening, appropriate language and approach, and how to navigate resources and professional support networks. By becoming Mental Health First Aid certified, we will join a growing global community committed to fostering mental health awareness and destigmatising mental health challenges.

At Twinfix, we firmly believe that fostering a mentally healthy workplace promotes productivity, collaboration, and overall well-being among our team members. By equipping ourselves with the necessary knowledge and skills through this training, we aim to create a safe and supportive work environment where everyone feels valued, understood, and supported.
We want to extend our sincere gratitude to Simon Osborne for collaborating with us on this important initiative. His dedication to mental health education and advocacy aligns perfectly with our values, and we are grateful for the expertise they bring to our organisation.
Stay tuned for updates as we embark on this exciting journey of mental health education and support. Together, we can make a difference, not only within our organisation but also in our broader communities. Let’s break down the barriers, spread awareness, and empower each other to prioritise mental health and well-being.

Mental Health First Aid Training at Twinfix

Twinfix Wins Build Architecture’s Award for Best Roof Glazing and Canopy Systems Manufacturer for the 5th Year Running

Twinfix, a leading provider of innovative roofing solutions, is delighted to announce that we have once again been honoured with the prestigious Build Architecture’s Award for Best Roof Glazing and Canopy Systems Manufacturer. This remarkable achievement marks the fifth consecutive year that Twinfix has received this esteemed recognition.

Build Architecture Awards recognise outstanding companies and individuals in the architecture and construction industry who demonstrate exceptional expertise, innovation, and commitment to excellence. Winning this award for five consecutive years is a testament to Twinfix’s continuous dedication to providing the highest quality products and services in the field of roof glazing and canopy systems.

“We are immensely proud to receive the Build Architecture’s Award for the fifth year in a row,” said Vicky Evans, Director at Twinfix. “This achievement showcases our unwavering commitment to innovation, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. It is a true testament to the hard work and expertise of our talented team.”

Twinfix’s success is attributed to its relentless pursuit of excellence, focus on customer-centric solutions, and commitment to pushing the boundaries of architectural design. The company’s roof glazing and canopy systems are known for their exceptional quality, durability, and aesthetic appeal, catering to a wide range of applications across various sectors including rail, commercial, and education.

By consistently introducing new technologies, sustainable practices, and innovative design approaches, Twinfix has cemented its position as a leader in the industry. The company’s dedication to environmental responsibility and energy efficiency is evident in its product range, which maximises natural light, enhances thermal performance, and minimises environmental impact.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Build Architecture Awards for recognising our efforts and expertise in the field,” added Vicky Evans “This prestigious award motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries of architectural design and delivering cutting-edge solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations.”

Twinfix remains committed to fostering strong relationships with architects, designers, and construction professionals, collaborating closely to bring their visions to life. With a focus on unparalleled customer service, innovative product development, and sustainable practices, Twinfix aims to set new industry standards and inspire the next generation of architectural excellence.

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Twinfix Earns Prestigious CHAS Elite Accreditation, Demonstrating Commitment to Health and Safety Excellence

Twinfix, a leading provider of innovative canopy and roof glazing solutions, is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious CHAS Elite accreditation. This recognition serves as a testament to Twinfix’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health and safety across its operations.

CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a widely recognised accreditation scheme in the construction industry, focusing on health and safety management. The CHAS Elite accreditation represents an elite level of achievement and highlights organisations that consistently go above and beyond to prioritise the well-being of their employees, clients, and partners.

By attaining the CHAS Elite accreditation, Twinfix has demonstrated its dedication to promoting a culture of safety throughout its operations. The rigorous assessment process involved a comprehensive evaluation of Twinfix’s health and safety policies, procedures, and practices, ensuring they meet or exceed the industry’s stringent requirements.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the CHAS Elite accreditation,” said Sarah Kench, Director at Twinfix. “This achievement is a direct result of our unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of health and safety across our organisation. We believe that a safe work environment is crucial to the well-being of our team members and the success of our projects.”

The CHAS Elite accreditation not only reaffirms Twinfix’s dedication to maintaining safe working conditions but also provides its clients and partners with added confidence in the company’s ability to execute projects with the utmost care and professionalism. It serves as a seal of approval, assuring stakeholders that Twinfix is a reliable and responsible business partner.

As a leader in the industry, Twinfix consistently strives for excellence in all aspects of its operations. The CHAS Elite accreditation aligns perfectly with the company’s values and further solidifies its position as a trusted provider of canopy and roof glazing solutions. Twinfix remains committed to continuous improvement, ensuring that health and safety remain at the forefront of its endeavours.

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Modular canopy for rapid deployment cells project

Twinfix have been working with Algeco on a new, exciting project. Algeco, Europe’s leading modular building solutions brand was awarded a Framework contract totalling £21.9m to supply secure units to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), with the option to order further units. As part of the supply of these secure modular units, Algeco have asked Twinfix to design, supply and install walkway covers along the front of each modular section and in communal areas to completely cover the space, providing a crossing place.

Meeting short term demands

The Rapid Deployment Cells Project requires Algeco to provide ‘safe and decent accommodation’. Algeco’s Cannock facility will manufacture the cells utilising DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) and Lean Manufacturing techniques. The company will install and commission a variety of units including sleeper accommodation, accessible accommodation, and ancillary units at multiple locations around the country. MoJ secured funding to design and build 1,000 additional temporary prison places, the majority of these will be delivered throughout this year. The Rapid Deployment Cells Project was initiated to create a new design that can be quickly deployed to a variety of sites to help meet the short term demands of the prison estate.

Minister for Prisons and Probation Damian Hinds said:

“Prison cells protect the public by making sure we have enough space to put dangerous offenders behind bars – that’s why we’re investing £4 billion to deliver 20,000 extra places. We’re rolling out a thousand Rapid Deployment Cells to create extra spaces quickly while we press ahead with the biggest expansion of prisons in over a century – building six new jails and creating thousands of additional cells by renovating and expanding existing sites.”

Twinfix are very proud to be asked to be part of this exciting project and worked to design a bespoke system to meet our clients exacting requirements. As our canopy was to be attached to Algeco’s secure modular units, we needed to ensure that the design included some adjustability to allow and compensate for any tolerance in the modular unit’s installation. The finished canopy was to have secure discreet fixings coloured to match the main structure and provide a clean line to the secure facility.

The tests of time

As our product is made of long-lasting aluminium, we knew that longevity of the design wouldn’t be a problem. The canopy is a modular design and prefabricated off- site, making it quick and easy to assemble on site with minimal disruption. Lightweight aluminium is easily to handle, transport and requires minimal maintenance over its lifetime. Our customisable modular design can be altered to suit specific needs of the client, changes can include size, shape, and colour.

Initially, we installed our design at HMP Norwich. We strive to continuously improve and innovate, and we used this as a learning experience, making a few minor adjustments to the design to facilitate speedier installation. At HMP Hollesley Bay, which was our second installation, we applied this learning, making small adjustments to the design, enabling us to install the entire system in just over eight weeks, bringing the canopy installation in, ahead of schedule and on budget.

A well-oiled machine.

As a requirement for this work, our team had to undergo enhanced DBS and background checks. With everything approved our team prepared themselves by refreshing their skills with Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP’S) and developing a Safe System of Work. This ensured everyone was aware of the hazards, especially those associated with working at height. By making sure each member of our team was part of the solution, it meant when the time came to install on site, the team were a well-oiled machine.

Vicky Evans, Twinfix Director said: “We are thrilled to be part of this new project, working with Algeco. We are excited to be using our new product and a new application, whilst remaining true to our roots. We continue to look at all opportunities to provide sustainable and cost-effective solutions to our clients and work collaboratively with our supply chain partners.”

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