Monthly Archives: February 2024

Enhancing passenger experiences at UK’s airports

At Twinfix, we’re not just about installing canopies; we’re about revolutionising airport environments with our innovative solutions. One such solution that has significantly impacted passenger safety, well-being, and overall airport sustainability is our Multi-Link-Panel NF system. Let’s delve deeper into how this product enhances the airport experience:


Enhanced Passenger Safety and Well-being:

The Multi-Link-Panel NF system is designed with passenger safety as a top priority. Its robust construction and high-quality materials ensure durability and stability, even in the most challenging weather conditions. By providing sheltered walkways and waiting areas, the system enhances passenger comfort and well-being, reducing exposure to harsh elements such as rain, wind, and excessive sunlight. This contributes to a more pleasant and stress-free airport experience for travellers and staff alike.


Versatile Applications:

Our Multi-Link-Panel NF system isn’t just limited to walkways; its versatility allows for various applications throughout the airport environment. From covered passenger drop-off points to outdoor dining areas and baggage collection zones, the system can be tailored to suit the specific needs of each airport. This flexibility ensures that every space within the airport is optimised for functionality and passenger convenience.


Sustainability Focus:

At Twinfix, we’re committed to sustainability, and our Multi-Link-Panel NF system reflects this ethos. Constructed from recyclable materials and designed for longevity, the system minimises environmental impact while maximizing resource efficiency. Additionally, the natural light-transmitting properties of our canopies reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, further reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.


Key Benefits of our products:

  • Durability: Engineered to withstand the rigors of airport environments, ensuring long-lasting performance and minimal maintenance requirements.
  • Aesthetics: Sleek and modern design enhances the visual appeal of airport surroundings, creating a welcoming atmosphere for passengers.
  • Customisation: Tailored solutions to meet the unique requirements of each airport, ensuring optimal functionality and efficiency.
  • Safety: Designed with passenger safety in mind, providing shelter and protection from the elements.
  • Sustainability: Environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient design contribute to airport sustainability goals.


From Belfast to Bristol, our Multi-Link-Panel NF system is transforming airports across the UK, setting new standards for safety, sustainability, and passenger experience. As we continue to innovate and evolve, we’re committed to partnering with airports to create spaces that prioritise safety, comfort, and environmental responsibility.

Celebrating 30 years in the Twinfix family!

At Twinfix, we take immense pride in our team members who embody dedication, creativity, and excellence. Today, we’re thrilled to celebrate a significant milestone in the career of one of our esteemed designers, Luke Worrall, as he marks his 30th anniversary with Twinfix.

Luke’s journey with Twinfix began three decades ago, with a passion for design and a drive to make a difference, he has been an integral part of our company’s success, contributing his talent and expertise to numerous projects and innovations.

Throughout his tenure, Luke has played a pivotal role in shaping the aesthetic and functional aspects of our canopies and roof glazing solutions. His keen eye for detail and innovative approach to design have been instrumental in creating structures that not only enhance the architectural landscape but also provide practical solutions for our clients across various industries.

As we reflect on Luke’s remarkable journey with Twinfix, we are reminded of the countless milestones, challenges overcome, and successes achieved together. His passion, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence continue to inspire us all as we look ahead to the future.

On behalf of the entire Twinfix family, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Luke on this momentous occasion. Thank you for 30 years of outstanding service, Luke. Cheers to you!

Join us in celebrating Luke Worral’s incredible achievement and the invaluable contributions he has made to Twinfix and the communities we serve. Here’s to the next chapter of innovation and excellence!WhatsApp Image 2024-02-22 at 14.01.19_f1cd7751

Restoring Kettering Railway Station 

Twinfix have been working their magic to help Network Rail restore Kettering Railway Station to its former glory. They have been helped in this project by the Railway Heritage Trust (RHT). 

The Railway Heritage Trust was created in 1985 by British Rail on the advice of railway heritage campaigners following the destruction of Derby Midland Station. The RHT is an independent company which assists the operational railway in its preservation and upkeep of listed buildings and structures. Network Rail and National Highways (Historic Railways Estate) sponsor the work of the RHT which currently holds an annual budget for restoration work, ensuring that high quality and the best materials are used to restore and preserve assets. 

Kettering station was opened in May 1857 by the Midland Railway, on a line linking the Midland to the Great Northern Railway at Hitchin. The Midland later gained its own London terminus at St Pancras Station. In 1857 the leather trade was in recession with over half of Kettering’s population on poor relief. The railway enabled the town to sell its products over a much wider area and restored the town’s prosperity. Originally the station had a single platform but in 1879 the station was quadrupled, and three new platforms were built. The Midland Railway commissioned waiting rooms, cast-iron columns, spandrels, and canopies for the new platforms to match the original 1857 design by Charles Henry Driver.  In the 1970s, the glass canopies became a maintenance headache for British Rail, who proposed removing the glazing along with the cast-iron column heads and replacing it with sheeting. Thankfully, Kettering Civic Society intervened and saved the canopies and columns. 50 years later these important architectural elements needed some refurbishment but faced another threat. The Midland Mainline electrification programme meant that structural changes would be needed to the canopy structures to allow the overhead line electrical equipment to be installed above the tracks. Once again, the canopies were under threat but this time it was Twinfix which came to the rescue. 

Twinfix, the Warrington based pioneers of polycarbonate were the specified experts in the Network Rail business plan for the station refurbishment. Having already helped bring new life and importantly light into old stations as part of refurbishment work, Network Rail stipulated using Twinfix’s polycarbonate roofing panels and their mounting system to keep the overall aesthetics of the station but add a much-needed resilience to the canopies.  

Twinfix recommended their Multi-Link-Panel glazing with 6mm solid clear polycarbonate to help the restoration project. The Multi-Link-Panel is an innovative, modular system that is incredibly quick to install and outperforms more traditional systems in terms of cost, performance, and appearance. Multi-Link-Panel canopies consist of pre-assembled modular glazing panels, manufactured to size for each individual project. Each panel comprises aluminium structural bars that are glazed with lightweight, yet tough, solid polycarbonate. The aluminium can be powder coated to a range of colours for a rust and maintenance-free life. As panels are pre-assembled in a controlled factory environment possible contamination and errors in installation caused by on-site cutting of the glazing sheet are avoided. These properties can result in saving two thirds of the time taken to install traditional split bar glazing systems. This can save on labour costs and drastically reduce any necessary premises shutdown time required while work is carried out overhead.  The team at Everlast roofing who installed the Twinfix Multi-Link-Panel were a great partner in this installation process and this partnership resulted in a great finished roof.

Handling during installation is easier and safer than with traditional glass systems as panels are constructed from materials that are both strong and light in weight. The reduction in weight compared with glass systems has the added benefit of lowering the overall weight of the roof construction, decreasing the stresses on the existing fabric of a building, especially important where a roof refurbishment is being undertaken. It is this weight reduction that removed the need for reinforcement of the original columns and resulted in the restoration remaining faithful to the original design. 

As Twinfix manufacture the multi-link panel system they are in an ideal position to be able to help with designing out potential problems. Each roofing system is unique and bespoke, so Twinfix took advantage of their deep understanding of their product and the legislation covering such projects and added access hatches to the canopies which allow access above the glazing for maintenance, finally curing that 50-year-old headache. 

Vicky Evans, Director at Twinfix said; The result of the restoration is truly breath-taking. Kettering Station is now awash with natural light and the platforms are a light airy place to wait for a train and shelter from the elements. 

Tim Hedley-Jones, Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, says of the project: “It’s a great example where the use of modern materials helps to protect and sustain a truly beautiful historic station. Our grants have helped Network Rail to preserve Kettering Station using Twinfix technology, to continue to make it fit for purpose for today’s rail passengers.” 

So, if Charles Henry Driver were able to see the station today, he would instantly feel a sense of familiarity and be proud of the restoration work on this piece of railway treasure. 

CREDIT: Photographs taken by Paul Childs, Spheroview

Welcome back to the family Richard!

We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our team at Twinfix, Richard Hall, who joins us as Sales Account Manager for the Midlands region. With a rich history in the industry spanning over three decades, Richard brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role.

Richard’s journey in the world of glazing and construction began in 1990 when he embarked on a career specialising in supplying cut-to-size polycarbonate and glazing bars for domestic applications. His dedication to quality products and outstanding customer service quickly became evident, laying the foundation for his successful career ahead.

In November 2010, Richard made a significant move to Twinfix, where he continued to excel in a similar role, focusing on developing areas and supplying canopies and non-fragile polycarbonate glazing. His passion for delivering top-notch solutions and building lasting relationships with clients earned him a stellar reputation within the industry.

Building on his previous successes, Richard moved on from Twinfix in March 2014, to focus on supplying various types of glass rooflights to the commercial sector, further solidifying his position as a trusted expert in the field.

Last month, we were thrilled to welcome Richard back to Twinfix. With his in-depth knowledge of our products and a proven track record of delivering excellence, we are confident that Richard will continue to raise the bar in customer satisfaction and business growth.

In his own words, Richard expresses his dedication to selling quality products and providing exceptional customer service. His return to Twinfix presents an exciting opportunity to leverage his expertise and industry contacts, ensuring that our clients receive nothing but the best.

Beyond his professional achievements, Richard’s interests extend to fishing, cycling, and spending quality time with his grandson. His passion for life outside of work reflects his well-rounded personality and commitment to balance.

Please join us in welcoming Richard Hall to the Twinfix family. Whether you are a longstanding client or a prospective partner, Richard looks forward to assisting you with all your canopy and roof glazing needs. Feel free to reach out to him with any enquiries or requirements – he is ready to hit the ground running and deliver the exceptional service you deserve.
Welcome aboard, Richard!
Richard Hall