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Case Study – University of Exeter, Well-being Centre

Twinfix is proud of its involvement in the University of Exeter’s latest initiative to expand its Well-being Services. Situated at the top of Mardon Hill on Streatham Campus, the new facility aims to provide a serene atmosphere for students and staff, while also aligning with the university’s green initiatives. To support these goals, Twinfix deisgned, manufactured and installed 15 Brise Soleil units and a free-standing mono-pitch canopy. These features were essential in reducing solar gain, thereby lowering the reliance on air conditioning and improving the building’s overall energy efficiency. This contribution was crucial in helping the university achieve its Carbon Net Zero by 2030 target and secure a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for high environmental performance.
Collaborating closely with the architects and project managers, Twinfix ensured that the Brise Soleil system and canopy met all specifications. Both the Brise Soleil and the canopy are made from durable aluminium, powder coated to RAL 7016 – anthracite grey, ensuring a sleek and modern finish that complements the building’s design.
The canopy incorporates Twinfix’s Multi-Link-Panel roofing system, glazed with polycarbonate, which has been defined as non-fragile in accordance with the HSE’s drop test ACR[M]001:2019. This robust construction not only enhances the safety of the structure but also ensures long-lasting performance.
The sleek, modern design of both the Brise Soleil system and the canopy enhances the building’s visual appeal while providing practical benefits. The canopy offers an additional sheltered outdoor space, further contributing to the serene and inviting environment of the Well-being Centre.
Twinfix’s involvement in this project highlights our expertise in delivering solutions that meet complex design requirements while promoting energy efficiency and sustainability. The Well-being Centre’s successful integration of our Brise Soleil system and free-standing canopy exemplifies our commitment to innovation and excellence in architectural design and construction.
This project underscores our dedication to enhancing building aesthetics, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

Twinfix Enhances Patient and Staff Comfort at Queen Mary’s Hospital with Innovative Canopy Installation

Twinfix, a leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of high-quality canopies and roof glazing solutions, demonstrated its commitment to improving healthcare environments through a recent project at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. This initiative involved the installation of a 27.5 square metre free-standing duopitch L-shaped entrance canopy, specifically designed to offer enhanced weather protection for hospital staff, patients, and visitors.

Tailored Solutions for Healthcare Needs

Recognising the unique requirements of healthcare settings, Twinfix approached the Queen Mary’s Hospital project with a keen focus on functionality and aesthetics. The primary goal was to create a sheltered entrance area that not only shields individuals from inclement weather but also integrates seamlessly with the hospital’s existing architecture.

The 27.5sqm free-standing duo-pitch L-shaped canopy, constructed from durable aluminium, stands as a testament to Twinfix’s expertise in delivering bespoke solutions. Powder-coated to RAL 7016, anthracite grey, the structure features double doors and a robust finish that enhances its visual appeal and longevity.

Incorporating Twinfix’s Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile Roofing system, the canopy is glazed with 16mm opal polycarbonate, providing superior protection and durability. The sides are glazed with 6mm clear solid polycarbonate, ensuring comprehensive weather shielding while allowing natural light to flood the space. This design consideration is crucial in healthcare environments, where natural light significantly enhances the atmosphere, promoting well-being and aiding recovery.

Enhancing Comfort and Accessibility

The newly installed entrance canopy at Queen Mary’s Hospital provides a versatile space that enhances both comfort and accessibility. For hospital staff, the canopy offers a sheltered area for breaks, providing respite from the demanding healthcare environment. Patients and visitors benefit from a protected outdoor space, crucial for moments of relaxation and fresh air without exposure to harsh weather conditions.

Twinfix’s solution not only improves the immediate physical environment but also contributes to the overall patient and visitor experience. Ensuring individuals can navigate the hospital grounds comfortably, regardless of the weather, helps reduce stress and enhance overall well-being.

Commitment to Quality and Safety

At the heart of Twinfix’s operations is an unwavering commitment to quality and safety. The canopy installed at Queen Mary’s Hospital exemplifies this ethos, incorporating robust materials and advanced engineering techniques to ensure long-term durability and reliability. The structure is designed to withstand the rigours of daily use in a busy healthcare setting while maintaining its aesthetic appeal and functional integrity.

The installation process was meticulously planned and executed to minimise disruption to the hospital’s operations. Twinfix’s team of experienced professionals worked closely with Contractor GD Smy Ltd and hospital administrators to ensure a smooth installation, adhering to strict timelines and safety protocols.

Looking Ahead

The successful completion of the canopy project at Queen Mary’s Hospital underscores Twinfix’s capability to deliver tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of healthcare environments. As the company continues to expand its portfolio, its commitment to enhancing infrastructure in the healthcare sector remains steadfast.

Twinfix’s innovative approach and dedication to quality position it as a trusted partner for healthcare facilities seeking to improve their infrastructure. With a focus on creating environments that promote comfort, accessibility, and safety, Twinfix is poised to make a lasting impact on the healthcare landscape.

The new canopy at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup exemplifies how Twinfix’s expertise in canopy design and installation can significantly enhance the healthcare experience. By providing a sheltered, light-filled space, Twinfix has once again demonstrated its ability to deliver solutions that cater to the unique needs of healthcare facilities, ultimately contributing to better outcomes for patients, staff, and visitors alike.

 

Celebrating Rail Safety Week with Twinfix’s Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile Roofing System

At Twinfix, safety is at the heart of everything we do. As we celebrate Rail Safety Week, we are proud to highlight our commitment to enhancing the safety and efficiency of railway infrastructure with our Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile roofing system.

Designed and manufactured by Twinfix, our Multi-Link-Panel NF system has been a trusted solution for roof glazing in numerous railway stations and depots over the years. This innovative polycarbonate glazing product stands out due to its ‘fix and link’ method of installation, which allows for incredibly quick fitting—an excellent choice for installations in stations where possession times are limited.

Comprising pre-assembled modular glazing panels, each panel features aluminium structural bars glazed with lightweight yet tough multiwall or solid polycarbonate. Manufactured to size for each individual project in a controlled factory environment, our panels ensure strict quality guidelines are adhered to and eliminate errors caused by on-site cutting.

One of the significant benefits of our Multi-Link-Panel system is its long lifecycle. Polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable and UV coated on both sides, significantly reducing maintenance costs associated with replacing broken glass. Moreover, the panels conform to the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) recommended test method ACR[M]001:2019, achieving a ‘B’ classification for non-fragile roofing. This high safety standard provides peace of mind for both installers and end-users, reinforcing our commitment to rail safety.

The Multi-Link-Panel system also includes the option to glaze with Georgian Wired Polycarbonate. This material mimics the classic look of Georgian wired glass while providing modern safety benefits, making it an ideal choice for restoration projects at listed stations throughout the UK. It offers a visually authentic yet virtually unbreakable alternative to traditional glass, aligning perfectly with both heritage requirements and modern safety standards.

Additionally, our system features an innovative in-line access hatch. This discreet solution allows for safe and easy gutter cleaning from below, eliminating the need to access the roof and preserving the integrity of heritage sites. It ensures that maintenance can be carried out safely and efficiently, further contributing to the overall safety of the railway environment. – can omit if required.

The lightweight nature of the Multi-Link-Panel and its modular format enhance its appeal for railway projects. The quick installation process is particularly advantageous for short rail possession works, ensuring minimal disruption to rail services and improving overall project efficiency.

As we observe Rail Safety Week, Twinfix is proud to contribute to the safety and preservation of our railway infrastructure with our Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile roofing system. Whether for new builds or restoration projects, our system offers unparalleled benefits in durability, safety, and heritage compatibility.

Join us in prioritising safety and innovation in the rail industry. Together, we can create a safer, more efficient railway system for all.

 

 

Twinfix Achieves Prestigious CHAS Elite, Constructionline Gold, and SSIP Safety Accreditations

Twinfix is proud to announce its recent achievement of three prestigious safety accreditations: CHAS Elite, Constructionline Gold, and SSIP. These certifications underscore Twinfix’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health, safety, and quality across all its operations.

CHAS Elite Accreditation

Achieving the CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) Elite accreditation places Twinfix among an elite group of contractors who meet the most rigorous health and safety standards. This certification is a testament to our robust health and safety management systems and our proactive approach to risk management. It also reflects our dedication to ensuring a safe working environment for our employees, clients, and partners.

Constructionline Gold Accreditation

The Constructionline Gold accreditation is a significant milestone for Twinfix, demonstrating our adherence to exemplary business practices and high-quality standards in the construction industry. This accreditation involves a rigorous assessment process, including environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence, and ensuring the company’s financial stability. By meeting these stringent criteria, Twinfix reinforces its reputation as a reliable and trustworthy partner in the construction sector.

SSIP Accreditation

The Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) accreditation further highlights Twinfix’s commitment to health and safety excellence. SSIP certification is recognised across the construction industry and is a benchmark for health and safety compliance. This accreditation confirms that Twinfix’s health and safety management systems have been independently assessed and meet the required standards, providing assurance to our clients and stakeholders of our unwavering commitment to safety.

Commitment to Excellence

These accreditations are a reflection of Twinfix’s ongoing commitment to excellence in every aspect of our business. Director, Sarah Kench, commented on the achievements: “Receiving CHAS Elite, Constructionline Gold, and SSIP accreditations is a significant accomplishment for Twinfix. It showcases our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of health, safety, and quality. These certifications provide our clients and partners with the confidence that Twinfix is a leader in delivering safe, high-quality construction solutions.”

As a leading provider of innovative canopy and roof glazing solutions, Twinfix continues to prioritise safety and quality in all its projects. These accreditations not only recognise our current achievements but also inspire us to continuously improve and uphold the highest standards in the industry.

 

Twinfix Triumphs Again: Best Canopy & Roof Glazing Company UK 2024

For the sixth consecutive year, Twinfix has been honoured with the prestigious Best Canopy & Roof Glazing Company UK award at the Build Architecture Awards 2024. This accolade is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction within the industry.

A Legacy of Excellence

Winning this award once is a notable achievement, but securing it six times in a row is an extraordinary testament to the consistent quality and reliability of our products and services. At Twinfix, we pride ourselves on our ability to combine traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, ensuring that each project we undertake not only meets but exceeds our clients’ expectations.

Innovative Solutions

Our range of canopies and roof glazing solutions is designed to cater to a diverse array of industries, including education, retail, healthcare, and rail. We understand the unique requirements of each sector and tailor our products to meet these specific needs. Whether it’s a school canopy providing sheltered outdoor space for pupils, a retail canopy enhancing customer experience, or a rail platform canopy ensuring passenger comfort, our solutions are synonymous with durability, safety, and aesthetic appeal.

Commitment to Sustainability

In an era where sustainability is paramount, Twinfix leads the way with environmentally friendly practices and products. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our use of recyclable materials and energy-efficient processes. This not only reduces our environmental footprint but also provides our clients with eco-friendly options that do not compromise on quality or performance.

Customer-Centric Approach

Our success is built on a foundation of strong customer relationships. We believe in a collaborative approach, working closely with our clients from initial consultation through to project completion and beyond. Our dedicated team of experts is always on hand to provide support, ensuring that every project runs smoothly and meets the highest standards of quality.

Looking to the Future

As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we remain focused on the future. Twinfix is committed to continuous improvement and innovation, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of the canopy and roof glazing industry. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to many more years of success and recognition.

Winning the Best Canopy & Roof Glazing Company UK award at the Build Architecture Awards 2024 for the sixth consecutive year is a proud moment for Twinfix. It is a recognition of our dedication to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our clients, partners, and team members who have been instrumental in this success. Here’s to continuing our legacy of excellence in the years to come.

 

School canopy from Twinfix

Case Study – Unity Academy, Kidderminster

During the construction of Unity Academy, a state-of-the-art Alternative Provision (AP) primary school in Kidderminster, Portakabin approached Twinfix to design, manufacture, and install a playground shelter .

Twinfix’s expert team designed a canopy that contributes to the school’s welcoming and supportive environment, providing shelter for students, staff, and visitors while promoting sustainability and enhancing the building’s aesthetics. Given the school’s focus on catering to students with special educational needs, safety considerations were of utmost importance.

The canopy, covering a total area of 12 square metres, features an aluminium frame powder-coated in RAL 7016, anthracite grey, enhancing the modern aesthetic of the new school. The design includes anti-climb gutters and incorporates the Multi-Link-Panel Non-Fragile roofing system, glazed with 16mm polycarbonate. This system is classified as non-fragile in compliance with the HSE’s drop test ACR[M]001:2019.

When the school opened its doors last year, there was an apparent need to utilise the outdoor space and introduce covered areas for learning and play. The school asked Twinfix to provide additional canopies, facilitating outdoor learning and offering a range of benefits to their students.

Enhancing Learning and Wellbeing: The Benefits of Outdoor Spaces in Education

As the educational landscape evolves, schools are increasingly recognising the importance of utilising outdoor spaces to enhance learning and wellbeing. At Twinfix, we understand the transformative power of well-designed outdoor areas, and our canopies are the perfect solution for extending classrooms and dining areas into the open air. In this blog, we explore the numerous benefits of outdoor spaces in education and how our canopies can help schools make the most of their external environments.

The Importance of Outdoor Learning

Research has consistently shown that outdoor learning can have a profound impact on students’ academic performance and overall wellbeing. Exposure to natural light and fresh air has been linked to improved concentration and cognitive function. Studies indicate that students who spend time outdoors are more engaged and perform better academically. Outdoor learning environments can stimulate curiosity and creativity, fostering a more dynamic and effective learning experience.

In addition to cognitive benefits, outdoor activities encourage physical movement, which is essential for the healthy development of children. Regular exposure to outdoor environments can help combat sedentary lifestyles, reducing the risk of obesity and related health issues. Furthermore, natural light boosts vitamin D levels, supporting bone health and immune function.

Being outdoors also provides students with opportunities to interact with peers in a less structured environment, promoting social skills and emotional resilience. Activities such as group projects and play can enhance communication, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. Outdoor settings also offer a sense of freedom and relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety.

Extending Classrooms with Canopies

At Twinfix, we specialise in designing and installing canopies that seamlessly extend classroom spaces into the outdoors. Our canopies create versatile outdoor classrooms that can be used for a variety of activities, from traditional lessons to hands-on experiments and creative projects. This flexibility allows educators to adapt their teaching methods to suit different subjects and learning styles, making education more engaging and effective.

British weather can be unpredictable, but our durable and weather-resistant canopies provide reliable protection against rain and excessive sun. This ensures that outdoor learning and activities can continue uninterrupted, regardless of the weather conditions. By extending classroom space outdoors, schools can accommodate more students without the need for expensive building extensions. This is particularly beneficial for schools with growing enrolments or those seeking to implement social distancing measures.

Expanding Dining Areas with Canopies

Outdoor dining areas are becoming increasingly popular in schools, offering a host of benefits for students and staff alike. Eating outdoors can make mealtimes more enjoyable and less crowded. Fresh air and natural surroundings can enhance the dining experience, encouraging healthier eating habits and better digestion. Indoor dining halls can often be noisy and congested, which can be stressful for students. Outdoor dining areas provide a quieter, more relaxed setting, improving the overall atmosphere during meal breaks. These spaces also encourage students to socialise and interact in a more informal setting, strengthening peer relationships and building a sense of community within the school.

Why Choose Twinfix?

Twinfix has extensive experience in providing high-quality canopy solutions tailored to the unique needs of schools. Our canopies are designed with safety, durability, and aesthetics in mind, ensuring they complement the school environment while providing practical benefits. We offer a range of designs and materials to suit different architectural styles and functional requirements. Our canopies comply with all relevant safety standards, providing peace of mind for school administrators and parents. Additionally, we use eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes, aligning with schools’ sustainability goals.

Outdoor spaces are a valuable asset for any school, enhancing both learning and wellbeing. Twinfix canopies provide the perfect solution for extending classrooms and dining areas, offering flexibility, protection, and improved capacity. By investing in outdoor canopies, schools can create enriched learning environments that support students’ academic, physical, and social development.

For more information on how Twinfix can help transform your school’s outdoor spaces or enhance your current project, please get in touch. Together, we can create inspiring environments that foster growth and success.

 

Case Study: King George V Sports Hub – Enhancing Community Sports in Chester

Chester’s new £1.8 million community sports hub, the King George V Sports Hub in Blacon, opened its doors to the public last year. This state-of-the-art facility boasts a full-size floodlit artificial grass pitch and clubhouse complete with changing accommodation, kitchen, office, and training room.

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Project Collaboration

The development of the King George V Sports Hub was a collaborative effort between Chester FC Community Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council. The project received a significant boost with a £1 million grant from the Premier League, The FA, and Government’s Football Foundation. The Duke of Westminster’s Westminster Foundation also committed a grant of £520,000 over five years, alongside additional funding from the council, Avenue Services, and Ursula Keyes Trust.

Twinfix’s Involvement

As part of the initiative, Twinfix was approached by Principal Contractor Wernick Buildings to design, manufacture, and install a canopy for the changing pavilion. The canopy, which spans 7 metres in length, features Twinfix’s Alu-Link-Panel system. This innovative roofing system provides excellent durability, weather resistance, and aesthetics, ensuring the longevity and functionality of the canopy for years to come.

Vicky Evans, Director at Twinfix commented: “At Twinfix, we are proud to have been involved in the King George V Sports Hub project. Our Alu-Link-Panel roofing system not only enhances the functionality and aesthetics of the changing pavilion but also contributes to the overall success of the sports hub. It’s inspiring to see the positive impact this facility will have on the community, and we are honoured to have played a part in its creation.”

Benefits of Twinfix’s Alu-Link-Panel System

  • Durability: The Alu-Link-Panel system is built to withstand harsh weather conditions, ensuring that the canopy remains in top condition.
  • Weather Resistance: With its robust construction, the canopy provides reliable protection from rain, wind, and UV rays, creating a comfortable environment for users regardless of the weather.
  • Aesthetics: The sleek and modern design of the Alu-Link-Panel system enhances the overall appearance of the changing pavilion, adding to the aesthetic appeal of the sports hub.

Community Impact

Local councillors Carol Gahan, Shelia Little, and Trish Richards recently visited the site and expressed their delight with the completed project. They emphasised the significant benefits that the King George V Sports Hub will bring to Blacon and the wider community. “This is a fantastic project that will have huge benefits for Blacon and the wider community,” said the councillors. “It has been so pleasing to see how the partners have demonstrated determination in working together to overcome obstacles and deliver this wonderful new facility for the community.”

The King George V Sports Hub stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and community spirit in creating positive change. It provides a hub for sports and recreation, fostering health, well-being, and community cohesion in Chester and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Maximising Sustainability Through Outdoor Spaces: Twinfix’s Eco-Friendly Solutions

In today’s world, sustainability is not just a trend but a necessity. At Twinfix, we understand the importance of sustainable practices and the role outdoor spaces play in promoting eco-friendly lifestyles. In this article, we’ll explore how our range of sustainable products and outdoor solutions contribute to a greener future.

Sustainable Products for Outdoor Spaces

Our commitment to sustainability begins with the materials we use:

Recycled Materials: Twinfix offers a variety of canopies and roof glazing solutions made from recycled materials. These products not only help in reducing waste but also provide durable and aesthetically pleasing outdoor shelter options.

Solar Energy Integration: Our innovative designs include solar panels integrated into canopies. These solar panels not only provide renewable energy but also offer shade and protection from the elements. By harnessing solar energy, we reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

Natural Ventilation: Our outdoor structures are designed to facilitate natural ventilation, reducing the need for artificial cooling systems and improving air quality.

Utilising Outdoor Spaces Sustainably

We believe that outdoor spaces can be utilised sustainably across various sectors:

  • Outdoor Dining Solutions: With the increasing demand for outdoor dining spaces, Twinfix provides eco-friendly canopies that enhance the dining experience while minimising environmental impact.
  • School Canopies: Our school canopies serve not only as shelter for students but also as outdoor learning spaces. By incorporating sustainable features like solar panels and educational signage about environmental conservation, these structures can promote eco-awareness among students.
  • Retail Canopies: Retailers can benefit from our sustainable canopies, offering shoppers a comfortable and eco-friendly outdoor shopping experience. These canopies can be customised with branding and messaging to reflect the retailer’s commitment to sustainability.
  • Rail Platform Canopies: Twinfix’s rail platform canopies contribute to sustainability through energy-efficient design and materials. By providing shelter for commuters, these structures enhance the overall public transportation experience.

The Benefits of Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

There are numerous benefits to embracing sustainable outdoor spaces:

  • Environmental Preservation: By using sustainable products and utilising outdoor spaces efficiently, we help reduce resource consumption and minimise environmental impact.
  • Enhanced Well-being: Access to well-designed outdoor spaces has been shown to improve mental and physical well-being. Our sustainable outdoor solutions create inviting environments for relaxation, socialising, and recreation.
  • Cost Savings: Sustainable outdoor structures can lead to long-term cost savings through reduced maintenance costs and increased durability.

At Twinfix, we are committed to providing eco-friendly solutions that enhance outdoor spaces while minimising environmental impact. Through our range of sustainable products and innovative designs, we strive to create a greener future for all. Join us in embracing sustainable living and making a positive impact on our planet. Happy Earth Day from all of us at Twinfix!

Twinfix Supports Parkinson’s UK: Walking Towards a Brighter Future

At Twinfix, we believe in giving back to the community and making a positive impact wherever we can. That’s why we’re proud to announce that Parkinson’s UK is our chosen charity of the year. As part of our commitment to supporting this worthy cause, we’ve eagerly signed up for their 100-mile walking challenge, coinciding with May’s National Walking month.

Parkinson’s UK is a charity close to our hearts, dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by Parkinson’s disease. With their focus on research, support, and raising awareness, they play a crucial role in driving progress towards better treatments and ultimately a cure for this debilitating condition.

As part of National Walking Month this May, our team at Twinfix is lacing up our walking shoes and hitting the pavements, trails, and countryside paths, all in the name of raising funds and awareness for Parkinson’s UK’s 100 mile walking challenge. Walking not only promotes physical health but also fosters a sense of community and connection, reflecting the values we hold dear at Twinfix.

We invite you to join us on this journey by supporting Team Twinfix in our fundraising efforts. Every step we take and every pound we raise brings us closer to our goal of making a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s.

To show your support and make a donation, please visit our fundraising page at https://events.parkinsons.org.uk/fundraisers/teamtwinfix. Your generosity will help Parkinson’s UK continue their vital work and bring hope to individuals and families affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Together, we can stride towards a brighter future for everyone impacted by Parkinson’s. Thank you for your support!

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