Author Archives: Michelle Meacham

Supporting Dementia UK

Last month, our Internal Sales Supervisor, Diane Forster successfully completed Dementia UK’s 30 mile Walking Challenge. Not only did Diane raise £311 for this deserving charity, she tripled the challenge by walking 92 miles! What a fantastic achievement Diane, well done!

Dementia UK is the specialist dementia nurse charity. Their nurses, provide life-changing care for families affected by all forms of dementia – including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Case Study – Tunbridge Wells Station

Tunbridge Wells station is situated in the idyllic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, the present station opened on the 25 November 1846 and the right side up is Grade ll listed.

When Twinfix were approached by GS Moore Roofing Contractors Ltd to restore the two platform canopies, one of the key requirements was to retain the historic look and feel of the station, while providing a glazing solution that was high quality and safe.

Twinfix have a wealth of experience restoring the platform canopies at historic stations throughout the UK. Their Georgian wired polycarbonate is a 6mm solid polycarbonate sheet with a dimpled surface that mimics Georgian wired glass, but it will not break in use.

The safety of people on roofs is of paramount importance and CDM regulations are very specific in advising designers and specifiers to design out any future possible dangers wherever possible. Specifying non-fragile rooflights helps them do that.

It was agreed that the innovative Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile (NF) glazed with Georgian wired polycarbonate would be an ideal fit for the refurbishment project at Tunbridge Wells.

In March 2021, the refurbishment was complete and 560 square metres of Twinfix Multi-Link-Panel NF glazed with Georgian Wired Polycarbonate had restored the platform canopies back to their former glory.

We’re getting ready for Show Season

We’ve been busy getting ready for the upcoming show season and have given our literature and signage a refresh.

We will be exhibiting at the following shows:

Inclusive Learning Environments, Coventry – 14/15th June visit us on Stand 408

Education Estates, Manchester – 18/19th October visit us on Stand 611

Learning Places Scotland, Glasgow – 15/16th November visit us on Stand 206

If you are interested in viewing our new literature you can download it below. We look forward to seeing you at the shows!

Georgian Wired Polycarbonate Brochure

Canopy Brochure

Multi-Link-Panel Brochure

Twinfix Awarded Perfect Delivery Certificate

This week Twinfix was awarded with a Perfect Delivery Certificate by Main Contractor Morgan Sindall, for their involvement in the North Denes Primary School Project.

Twinfix designed, manufactured and installed a free-standing mono-pitch canopy spanning 70 square metres in September 2020.

We are delighted with this achievement and proud to have been part of this £7 million project which has  increased the school’s capacity to 420 pupils.

Wales Outdoor Learning Week

This week is #WalesOutdoorLearningWeek.

First held in 2019, the Week was created by the Wales Council for Outdoor Learning to encourage and inspire teachers, learning groups and families across Wales to embed outdoor learning within school and family life and reap its many benefits.

Evidence shows that it improves health and wellbeing – like guarding against obesity and reducing the symptoms of stress and ADHD. It is also good for the environment because it can help prevent the loss of environmental knowledge and encourages lifelong positive behaviours – helping us all to look after our world for the future.

Recent research also shows that learning outdoors can have a positive impact on individual and group performance, helping to improve core skills like problem solving and communication.

Over the years, we have helped schools to bring their learning and play outdoors with the installation of our canopies. Take a look at some of our recent installs across Wales:

 

Being A British Manufacturer

Contrary to popular belief, Britain is one of the world’s biggest manufacturing nations, the ninth largest according to recent figures with an annual output of £192 billion. Close to three million people work in this sector, which delivers 45% of all UK exports. Warrington based company Twinfix, established in 1990 and described by some as the ‘Pioneers of Polycarbonate’, in the main, offer polycarbonate glazing solutions, along with canopies, all designed and manufactured in Britain.

Twinfix have recently become affiliate members of Make UK, who focus on creating the most supportive environment for UK manufacturers to thrive, innovate and compete. Make UK member companies drive over 60% of all UK research and development. As a result of that investment, manufacturing as we know it is changing, adapting, and transforming each and every day. Twinfix are also members of Manufacturers’ Alliance, who are a purpose and values-led organisation that inspires progressive manufacturing leaders to break through the boundaries of possibility. With a focus on producing a quality product, it’s fair to say, Twinfix are firmly embedded in the UK manufacturing community. They are utilising old school craftsmanship closely aligned to technology and software advances. From their range of standard “off the shelf” products through to their ability to carry out complex bespoke design, manufacture and installation services, Twinfix can do it all.

Best of British

Twinfix are a British manufacturer and installer of roof glazing and canopy systems, specialising in delivering a safe, high quality product. From its original roots as polycarbonate and glazing bar suppliers, they now offer a full range of glazing products including their non-fragile Multi-Link-Panel which is often incorporated into a wide variety of canopies, covered walkways, and shelters. Twinfix offers a full service across many sectors, including rail, education, industrial and retail.

Best of both worlds

Twinfix have always prided themselves on providing solutions to problems and see innovation as part of the day-to-day business. With a keen eye on quality and craftsmanship they are strong believers in the benefits of some of the more traditional ways of manufacturing. Due to their culture of innovation, they are always looking at developments within the manufacturing arena or in other sectors, to see if there is any benefit blending their proven techniques with some modern processes, without compromising on quality. Twinfix design and manufacture all of their products which gives them a unique in-depth knowledge. It’s this knowledge that allows them to evaluate the benefits of any development opportunities and evolve. Maintaining a focus on providing British manufactured solutions and the continued high quality of the products they make ‘in house’, along with evolving and absorbing improvement opportunities enables Twinfix to keep ahead of the competition. One of the more “traditional” features Twinfix employs is their ability to carry out dry assemblies at their factory, before they go to site. This simple but effective process almost guarantees trouble free site assembly, as any possible imperfections are rectified by Twinfix, before the assembly leaves their premises. The result is a trouble-free product, something which is rare in manufacturing.

Engineered Solutions

Twinfix have an experienced workforce who have honed their skills over years with the company. All elements of the Twinfix team work together and in one place, the assemblers, the designers, craftsmen, managers and manufacturers all work closely, so any ideas for improvements or innovations can be tested and if successful, quickly implemented. This working arrangement and product knowledge allows them to control the solution and helps retain the quality, keeping customer satisfaction, high. Because they understand their product, it allows them to be creative with the solution. Ease of installation is designed into the product, which means it’s less subject to errors, benefitting the customer and speeding up the process.

“We are lucky to have a skilled, long serving workforce who use their traditional skills to assemble the product.” Twinfix Managing Director, Vicky Evans said.

She continued, “Whilst traditional craftsmanship is vitally important, over the years we have adapted our machinery and manufacturing process to cut down the time taken. We have also incorporated the safest possible processes and as Health and Safety continues to improve and evolve, we have learned and aligned. We are believers in traditional methods, but we have moved with the times, assisted by our forward-thinking approach to product development we have been able to introduce new roofing and canopy products to the market. The designs and engineering are born at Twinfix, and this allows us to provide the customer with a solution that we know works.”

Whole life process

Twinfix offers a full service from initial enquiry and advice on projects, to design, manufacture and installation. Unlike a lot of other companies who buy pre-manufactured parts in and outsource their services, Twinfix do it all themselves. This puts them in a unique position to be able to deliver on their promises. There’s no one else to point fingers at, so the customer gets the best solution possible, installed by the same people who designed it. Saving overheads and markups by having a single supplier rather than a supply chain with middlemen and cutouts along the way.

Digitalisation

Digitalisation complements Twinfix’s traditional ways of working. They blend traditional and modern manufacturing, design, assembly and engineering techniques, using only what adds value, they are able to speed up the overall process and keep the high quality. Utilising modern technology to ensure speedy and accurate transfer of plans from the designers to the factory floor. They are currently looking at a software solution, which will speed up and improve data transfer between their design systems. This will further improve efficiency and accuracy, driving up sales and adding benefit to the customer.

Springwood Primary School

Recently, Twinfix were approached by MTX Contracts acting as principal contractor to Springwood Primary School, Manchester to help solve a problem. The school was in need of a canopy to cover a walkway but the canopy would need to be dismantled at short notice in order to allow access across the walkway due to a Build-Over-Agreement issued to the school by the Water Board. Using their in-house design capability and the engineering knowhow, Twinfix proposed an innovative and new solution for the school. Twinfix would construct a canopy to cover the walkway but by mounting the canopy on runners it could be concertinaed easily by a single person to allow access 24/7 for the utility company. In order to facilitate this concertinaing, the canopy is split level but remains weather tight due to the clever engineering involved. The school ‘could not be more pleased’ with the solution and due to the innovative use of materials and technology, it is simple and quick for an individual to retract the canopy. Click here to read the case study;  https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/2021/11/springwood-primary-school-manchester-case-study/

The Future

As Twinfix continues on its journey, they are capturing the learning from the pandemic and their digital roadmap is evolving as a result.

Dan Smith, Technical Director at Twinfix, said;

“Our approach to new technology has always been responsibly cautious. The last thing we want is an expensive white elephant in the corner of our factory because we didn’t take the time to properly evaluate something, the right approach and get the right expert help and advice. We are blessed with a fantastic team at Twinfix, our ethos has always been to involve them and make them part of any solution. This way they are fully engaged in the development of all new systems and we can work collaboratively to ensure its successful integration.”

Case Study – Kids Planet, Winnington, Brise Soleil

Kids Planet Day Nurseries currently provides childcare for over 7,500 children across their 54 settings in the North West and Midlands.

Last September, the nursery opened a new setting in the commercial hub at the centre of the new Winnington Urban village housing development.

Twinfix were approached by principal contractor Short Construction to design, manufacture and install two Brise Soleils for the nursery.

The Brise Soleils served two purposes, while providing additional shelter in conjunction with the canopy over the play area and the entrance to the building, they also enhanced the aesthetics of the area and complemented the building’s exterior.

The South West elevation spans 14 metres and the North East elevation spans 17 metres. Both structures comprise of 200mm ellipsoid aluminium blades, every 300mm and are 3m and 4m height. The aluminium is powder coated to RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey.

The structures were installed in time to protect students and staff from the summer sun this summer and for years to come.

Round up of the week

We’ve had a busy week here at Twinfix and not just with our orders.

People have always been the centre of what we do and why we do it.  We want Twinfix to be a great place to work, and we have been looking at employee engagement and training for our team.

We launched our new intranet which will help the whole business see more of what we do, it will allow us to share more of our company goals and objectives and also staff news, such as introducing new starters like Adam Beeby who joined our Planning Department this week.

Training At Work Group visited our office on Wednesday to train our employees on Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF), which will assist us in maintaining the safety of our team.

Yesterday was Random Act of Kindness Day, we encouraged everyone to get involved and lots of kind acts took place throughout the office with chocolate bars being handed out, cuppas being made for colleagues and finally our Directors held a draw to buy someone’s weekly shop.

Congratulations to Luke Worrall from our Design team on your win!

 

Case Study – University Coventry Hospital

University Coventry Hospital is situated in the Walsgrave on Sowe area of Coventry and is part of the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. The hospital opened in 2006, replacing Walsgrave Hospital the original hospital at the site.

Twinfix was approached by Principal Contractors William Gough to design, manufacture and install a walkway from the helipad on the first-floor deck to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department. The requirement was for a robust walkway that was structurally sufficient to withstand the usual weather forces and the down draught from a helicopter in close proximity.

Liaising closely with William Gough and designer Pinnegar Hayward Design, the expert team at Twinfix designed, manufactured and installed a 240 sqm free-standing mono-pitch canopy with vertical perforated side panels. This impressive canopy design included lockable double leaf gates to secure the area.

The roof comprises of our Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile (NF) system powder coated to RAL 5010 – gentian blue and glazed with 16mm multiwall polycarbonate, and the vertical panels were powder-coated to RAL 7037 – dusty grey.  As this metal does not rust in use, the walkway will keep its good looks throughout its long life.

Supporting the health and wellbeing of our team with our office refurbishment

When our office was in need of a bit of tlc, we decided to take the opportunity to give them a new lease of life and give the wellbeing of our team a boost.

We believe that taking an approach to mental wellbeing can help to improve our moods, help us to collect our thoughts and to strike up working and personal relationships with the people we work with every day. This is why office design elements such as a breakout area (for people to relax, refresh and connect with others in), collaborative working spaces and bringing a more natural feel to the office were important when planning our office refit. 

Here are a few pictures of the process, what do you think?