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Finding solutions for socially distanced learning spaces

With schools halving class-sizes and many pubs cutting capacity by up to 80%, they are being urged to be creative with their space in order to meet social distancing regulations, as they look to reopen over the coming months.

For many schools and businesses hoping to reopen canopies, outdoor shelters and covered walkways could be a great investment. These versatile structures offer a cost-effective and quick solution to extending classrooms and eating areas and providing shelter for customers queuing at shops, while tradition building extensions can be costly and take months, these structures are quick to erect and more likely to fit within budget constraints.

Twinfix are a family business, that have been operating for 30 years as a reputable and accredited designer, manufacturer and installer of high-quality, safe canopies which have benefitted many businesses across a variety of industries, including education, retail, and hospitality.

Many thousands of Twinfix canopies have been installed over the years to create glazed covered areas at schools, universities, pubs, outside offices, hospitals, and sports centres. As many turn to Twinfix to supply structures during this pandemic, they can rest-assured that the benefits of these products will long outlive the current pandemic.

A Twinfix canopy makes an attractive focal point at any building entrance, and provides shelter over stairways and ramps for the disabled. Glazed walkways are used to connect buildings and provide all-weather protection from the elements.  When used to protect tables/benches they provide great covered outside eating areas. If a canopy is fitted with vertical glazing it will provide additional shelter and the addition of lockable roller shutters offers security and allows the area to be used for night-time storage.

Twinfix canopies hold the CE mark of safety, are installed by a team of DBS checked installers and are manufactured at their factory in Warrington. The roofs comprise of the innovative Multi-Link-Panels NF, which can be glazed with multi-wall or solid polycarbonate.

These panels are Non-Fragile to the ACR[M]001:2014 drop test. The aluminium frames can be powder coated to match the school/business exteriors. Using aluminium for the framework is Twinfix’s material of choice as it is such a versatile product. It can be formed into many shapes; it is relatively light in weight – making it easier and safer to handle and install.

Aluminium is a great choice for a canopy as it does not rust in use and will stand up to the test of time They can also be fitted with vertical glazing and roller shutters to provide additional shelter and security.

 

Twinfix Achieve CHAS Premium Plus Accreditation

CHAS Premium PlusWe are delighted to announce that we have achieved the CHAS Premium Plus Accreditation.

CHAS (The Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Schemes) was created in 1997 to improve health & safety standards across the UK.

CHAS Premium Plus is awarded to companies who have “demonstrated compliance with and sound management of current health and safety legislation. Additionally has demonstrated full compliance with 6 modules of PAS 91.”

The CHAS Premium Plus includes the following

  • Health & Safety Assessment
  • Environmental
  • Quality Management
  • Equal Opportunities & Diversity
  • Financial & Business Standing
  • Anti Bribery & Corruption
  • Modern Slavery

Commenting on Twinfix’s achievement, Managing Director Sarah Kench commented:

“Achieving this accreditation shows, not only to our current customers but to our potential customers, that we are committed to delivering the highest level of quality and service.  It also allows potential customers to see, at a glance, what type of business they are engaging with.” 

The origins of Twinfix

Founder, Graham Kench

Founder, Graham Kench

The story of Twinfix started when Graham Kench moved from his role as UK Sales Manager for GE Plastics Structured Products to take over a new and exciting company.  This company was a distributor of polycarbonate glazing sheet and associated glazing bars.

Graham relocated the company to the north west seeing it as a great location to service the whole of the UK.  A unit was found at Gawsworth Court in Birchwood, Warrington.

Transforming the new premises was a real family affair with wife Elaine and daughters Vicky and Sarah amongst the many people who helped to get the unit ready for business.  And so Twinfix was born.

Graham had new ideas for the industrial refurbishment market and so the newly formed Twinfix developed the Multi-Link-Panel concept and product that is still one of their main roof glazing solutions to this day. In addition, Twinfix started to fabricate canopy structures, glazing the roofs with the core Multi-Link-Panel product.  Entering the world of canopies for various sectors including education was an exciting time for Twinfix.  It was a period full of challenges, but that helped the business grow and took it to new levels, while maintaining polycarbonate as its core product.

Development, innovation and quality have always been core values of Twinfix, the loyal tenured and experienced workforce of Twinfix has grown from 3 people 30 years ago to 45 people now.  Their values remain the same with a great product, a great service and a real passion for doing a great job still inherent in the company.

In 2000, Twinfix had outgrown its unit in Gawsworth Court and moved just a stone’s throw away to Birchwood Park, a vibrant place with great transport links and a real hub of business.   The move has proven to be the right choice for Twinfix, Birchwood Park being the ideal location to grow and expand the business and it is still their home today.

One of Graham’s main passions was for the business to get involved with the rail sector and he spent a lot of time working on projects and increasing Twinfix’s presence in market.  Through the years this has become a large part of the Twinfix business, and they have supplied the Multi-Link roof glazing product to numerous stations throughout the UK.  The innovative invention Georgian wired effect polycarbonate is also now a popular choice for these stations.

Sadly in 2013, Graham suddenly passed away.  The business continues to thrive under the management of his his wife, Elaine Kench and daughter’s Vicky Evans and Sarah Kench, and fellow directors Dan Smith and Paul Greenfield.

This year Twinfix celebrates its 30th birthday in the knowledge that Graham would be extremely proud of where the business is today, especially the achievements of its work in rail, including winning the award for “Supplier & Contractor Excellence” at this year’s Rail Business Awards.

 

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COVID-19 Update

There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our employees, industry partners and community.

As information evolves around Coronavirus we’re doing our part to ensure that we respond in-line with government guidelines. Twinfix will remain open for business, but will be implementing immediate measures to best control risk to our team and customers.

We are adhering to stringent health and safety guidelines and our Leadership Team are working with employees to determine which roles can be undertaken remotely and those which require onsite presence. Our priority is to reduce all risks for our team.

We will be minimising face-to-face meetings at our premises during this time and are also restricting travel and visits of our employees to other sites.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, as we know many of you are and will provide regular updates.

Thank you for your understanding, stay safe everyone.

Twinfix announced winner of “Supplier & Contractor Excellence” category at Rail Business Awards

The Rail Business Awards returned for their 22nd year, to recognise excellence in the UK rail industry across technical projects, safety, marketing and customer service plus celebrating the success of individuals and teams who make a difference.

The company were recognised in the Rail Business Awards 2020 for their involvement in the roof glazing renovation at Aberdeen station after judges praised them for “making the best use of modern materials to maintain high standards of conservation.” The judges also praised the way in which Twinfix “worked with a multitude of stakeholders on this complex project.”

Last year, £8 million was invested into a twelve-month programme to refurbish the station roof and replace 10,000 existing glass panels which were prone to cracking, leaking and discolouration. Story Contracting was the Principal Contractor for the project, Twinfix supplied the roof-glazing system and Macleod Roofing installed it.

The glazed panels were replaced with the innovative Multi-Link-Panel NF (Non-Fragile) roof-glazing system with 6mm solid obscure Georgian wired effect polycarbonate. Approximately 8,000 square metres of the Multi-Link-Panel NF system were installed at Aberdeen.

The Multi-Link-Panel NF system installed at a vast number of stations across the UK, (now including Aberdeen Station) is an aluminium-framed modular rooflight system, designed with a patented fixing method that results in incredibly quick installation times – a real bonus when working with limited possession times. It is a cleverly designed and well-engineered roof-glazing concept that combines simplicity with sophistication, which has long been available as a non-fragile system that conforms to the HSE’s approved drop test for non-fragility, ACR[M]001:2014.

The Georgian wired polycarbonate glazing combines the appearance of Georgian wired glass with all the material benefits of polycarbonate. Quite simply, it’s a 6mm thick dimpled surface solid polycarbonate with the traditional look of Georgian wired glass.

As well as improving the overall environment in a lighter, brighter station, the addition of the Twinfix Georgian wired polycarbonate at Aberdeen has preserved the listed building’s unique appearance and character, while providing modern levels of safety for passengers and staff.

Joint Managing Director of Twinfix, Vicky Evans said of the achievement: ‘Winning the award for Aberdeen station roof was a great achievement for the whole of the Twinfix team. We are very proud of the part we played in refurbishing this great station – What a way to celebrate our 30th Year.’

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We’re hiring!

Ready to make a career move? We’re looking for an experienced Project Coordinator.
If you are looking to grow your career and join a family of hardworking, passionate and dedicated individuals, you’ve come to the right place.
Take a look at the job description below and if you would like to apply send your cv and cover letter to: vacancies@twinfix.co.uk

Objectives of position
To provide Twinfix Limited with the support and expertise needed to deliver the project planning activities in a timely and efficient manner to meet customer and business    demands.

Scope of position
Managing construction based projects and associated activities from sale through to installation/delivery

Main duties/Responsibilities/Competencies

  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 and as the projects progress confirming readiness for 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. Support Project Office Manager with transport coordination activities for the business
  6. Input into installation schedules – ensure an understanding of resource available to achieve customer and business requirements
  7. When appropriate coordinate with the necessary suppliers and the procurement coordinator for project based materials / equipment. Cover any procurement related tasks during holiday times
  8. As appropriate arranging and coordinating with subcontractors for installation and groundwork
  9. Issuing all relevant project paperwork to clients and subcontractors plus 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 terms
  14. As necessary support project office admin and procurement coordinator to create and book in purchase orders using Sage.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Sage
  • Basic CAD viewing
  • Construction industry experience
  • Basic contracts experience
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good communication skills – both 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

Benefits:

  • Working within a close knit family business that has been in operation for 30 years
  • 24 days holiday plus all statutory bank holidays.  An amount of holiday allowance must be saved for Christmas shutdown – normally 4 days
  • Staff pension scheme with Peoples Pension in line with auto enrolment rules
  • Medicash staff health care plan (qualifying after 3 months employment)
  • Staff death in service life insurance plan (qualifying after 3 months employment)
  • 3 paid days sick which roll over year on year if not used

Case Study: Liverpool John Lennon

Handling over five million passengers a year, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK’s busiest airports. Last year Twinfix worked with Principal Contractor Technical Construction Group Limited on a £750,000 project to design, manufacture and install a new covered walkway at the airport from the terminal building past stands 51 to 53 on the airside apron.

This is the third project Twinfix have been involved with at the airport, also installing a 36-meter walkway that enables continuous under-cover access from the car park into the airport building in 2015 and a smoking shelter in 2016.

The latest walkway spans 140 meters and is made from aluminium frame powder-coated in RAL7004 and 6mm clear toughened glass to the sides. The roof comprises of our Multi-Link-Panel NF system glazed with 16mm multiwall polycarbonate roof.  The walkway has a glass partition down the middle to ensure passenger segregation between domestic and international arrivals.

Our team carried out a dry-run assembly of the frame prior to powder coating. This dry-run check ensures that everything will fit together quickly and easily once we arrive on site. Our aluminium frame is specially designed to slot together easily and fitting the Multi-Link-Panels on the roof is incredibly quick.

Eddie Carson Construction Director at Technical Construction Group commented:  “Twinfix’s approach to the canopy work at Liverpool John Lennon was professional and showed that they have the necessary experience to undertake projects of this nature. Through the design and installation stages they worked with the TCG team to provide a safe, quality and value for money solution. Their collaboration with our team resulted in a successful project that was safely delivered and within expected time, cost and quality measures.”

Raising the roof at Bognor Regis Station

Bognor Regis Station site dates from 1864, with the opening of a branch line to Bognor from Barnham Junction. The station was rebuilt in 1902 following a fire and renamed in 1930 when the seaside resort was awarded the appellation Bognor Regis by His Majesty King George V.

For the recent redevelopment of Bognor Regis town centre, improving the station environment was an important aspect of the redesign of public amenities, which run from the railway terminus towards the sea front.

Bognor Regis Town Council and Arun District Council funded £2.5m improvements to the station forecourt and building frontage, paying particular attention to the station’s heritage features.

Twinfix were approached by Principal Contractor Keltbray to design, manufacture and install roof glazing to replace 540 original glass panels in the 5 lanterns above the concourse that were prone to leaks.

The main challenge for Keltbray was to help Network Rail find an alternative solution to replacing the roof-glazing without the use of scaffolding, therefore carrying out the task with minimal impact on the daily operation of the station and its passengers. Keltbray adopted a safe system using cherry pickers and scissor lift technology, while also preventing the station from being exposed to the elements.

Keltbray Rail Engineering & Civils Project Manager Dave Parker commented: “This was a new and exciting project with difficult access issues untried or tested by either party, which had its difficulties, but with good collaboration with all parties involved these challenges were overcome and the project was completed to a very high standard with no accidents or incidents.”

The roof-glazing was replaced with 325 square metres of innovative Multi-Link-Panel NF (Non-Fragile) system, glazed with 6mm solid obscure Georgian wired effect polycarbonate.

The Multi-Link-Panel NF system installed at a vast number of stations across the UK, (including Aberdeen, Stirling and now Bognor Regis station) is an aluminium-framed modular rooflight system, designed with a patented fixing method that results in incredibly quick installation times – a real bonus when working with limited possession times. It is a cleverly designed and well-engineered roof-glazing concept that combines simplicity with sophistication, which has long been available as a non-fragile system that conforms to the HSE’s approved drop test for non-fragility, ACR[M]001:2014.

The Georgian wired polycarbonate glazing combines the appearance of Georgian wired glass with all the material benefits of polycarbonate. Quite simply, it’s a 6mm thick dimpled surface solid polycarbonate with the traditional look of Georgian wired glass.

It is the ideal material for station canopy glazing because the combination of its light weight of just 7.2kg/m2, which is substantially less than the glass alternative, and impact resistance make it safer to install than the glass alternative. Being virtually unbreakable also negates future costly broken glazing replacement. It can withstand natural forces like severe wind, hail and snowstorms and absorbs vibrations caused by train movements without cracking, crazing or breaking. It also provides a low-maintenance, long-lasting rail roof solution, which is strong, corrosion-resistant and self-cleaning.

The successful roof re-glazing has provided Bognor Regis station with non-fragile, virtually unbreakable and attractive roofs, restored with a product that is in keeping with their heritage features.

Graham Richards, Network Rail Senior Asset Manager, Sussex Route commented “I am extremely impressed with the work carried out by Twinfix at Bognor and it is great to see how this type of work can be done safely without affecting the passengers using the station. Well done to all involved.”