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Twinfix signs Railway Mental Health Charter

The Railway Mental Health Charter (RMHC) is a framework to help rail companies promote, manage and support workforce mental wellbeing. Aligned with good practice and developed to respond to industry needs, the charter provides targeted actions and resources for improving mental health in your company.

Twinfix were proud to sign the charter and are committed to supporting the reduction of mental health stigma and change behaviours in the workplace, through cross industry collaboration.

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It’s Show Time!

As the event and exhibition industry starts to make a comeback, the team at Twinfix are busy preparing for their presence at Education Estates in Manchester, next month.

Education Estates specifically focuses on the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of educational premises across the UK.  This proved to be the perfect platform for Twinfix to promote its high quality range of canopies and roof glazing systems which are often specified in the education sector.

Director Vicky Evans commented: “We are pleased to be attending this event and looking forward to showcasing our product range to visitors at the Exhibition.”

You can find the Twinfix team on Stand B20, opposite the Universities Stage.

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Case Study – Pathfield School, Devon

Pathfield School, a specialist-maintained SEN school in Barnstaple, Devon, has increased its pupil numbers for the new academic year.

To help accommodate these extra pupils, the school has had a brand new, purpose-built building constructed by Wernick Group with the project being managed by Principal Contractor Mercury Construction.

To complement the impressive interior of the new building, the school have provided students with a dedicated, outside play space to promote physical development, friendships, as well as social and emotional development.

The initial project involved installing two free-standing mono-pitch canopies spanning a total of 57 square metres and a walkway spanning 66 square-metres around the new building. Twinfix were approached by Mercury Construction to design, manufacture, and install these structures.

Once the building was complete and realising the benefits that a playground canopy could add to their outdoor area, the school approached Twinfix to provide them with a further canopy spanning a total of 43 square-metres.

All the canopies have aluminium frames powder coated in anthracite grey RAL 7037.  As this metal doesn’t rust in use, they will keep their good looks throughout their long life.

The roof glazing consists of Twinfix Multi-Link-Panels NF fitted with tough 25mm multiwall polycarbonate.  The NF denotes that these panels conform to the HSE’s recommended drop test ACR[M]001:2019, as recommended by HSG33.

Avril Burrows, Premises Manager at Pathfield commented on the new canopies: “It looks absolutely amazing, and I am very happy! The installers made sure everything was clear and clean before they left, and the results are great. I think the students will be very happy with them.”

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Twinfix Joins Rail Forum Midlands

Twinfix are delighted to announce that they have become a member of the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM). The RFM represents one of the largest clusters of rail companies in the world meaning that there is plenty to get excited about in the near future.

Established in 1993, the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) represents over 200 rail supply businesses from across the UK, collectively employing tens of thousands of people and contributing billions to the UK economy.

Becoming a member of the RFM gives Twinfix yet more opportunities to showcase their products to a brand-new network channel of members that include infrastructure and rolling stock consultancies, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers.

Director Vicky Evans commented: “I am really excited to join the Rail Forum, the events look great and I am looking forward to talking to the other members about our work in rail and our Multi-Link-Panel (NF) roof-glazing system.”

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Twinfix joins Rail Forum (Midlands)

Case Study – Penketh South Primary’s Brise Soleil

Following on from the launch of our Brise Soleil earlier in the year, we were approached by Aztec to provide some external structures for Penketh South Primary School in Warrington. With over 30 years’ experience the Twinfix Technical Team had no problems designing structures to suit both their needs and budget.

Our expert team designed, manufactured, and installed a 49 sqm free-standing mono-pitch canopy in the front courtyard of the school and two staircase canopies complete with Brise Soleil.

The Brise Soleil served two purposes, while providing additional shelter in conjunction with the canopies running above the external staircases, it also enhanced the aesthetics of the area and complemented the building’s exterior.

The canopy roofs comprise of our innovative Multi-Link-Panel NF system, the panels conform to the HSE’s recommended drop test for fragility ACR[M]001:2019 with a B designation, meaning they are classified as non-fragile. The Brise Soleil is made up of vertical ellipsoid blades which are 200mm deep and generally 2.1m height. The aluminium blades were powder-coated in RAL 7035 (light grey) and RAL 3020 (red).

The structures were installed in time to protect students and staff from the recent heat wave and also in preparation for the inclement weather that the new school year will bring.

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Twinfix Announced as Winner of Build Architecture Award for Third Year Running

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Twinfix are proud to announce that they have been named “Best Canopy & Roof-Glazing Installation Company 2021 – UK” in this year’s Build Architecture Awards, for the third year running.

A family business operating for over 30 years’, Twinfix offers a full range of glazing products from the original glazing bar products to the non-fragile Multi-Link-Panel which is often incorporated into a wide range of canopies and shelters. Working across many sectors, from rail to education and retail, Twinfix offers a full service from initial enquiry and advice on projects, to design, manufacture and installation.

Vicky Evans responded to the news: ‘We’re especially pleased to win this award for the third year running and I’m proud of the team at Twinfix for ensuring that we deliver high quality, safe and visually appealing canopy structures and roof glazing for our clients.’

Launched in 2015, the prestigious Architecture Awards recognise and acknowledge the outstanding works conducted by imaginative designers, engineers and visionaries, whose inspiring and memorable designs and structures enhance our horizons.  From the largest corporations and the small studios and practices right through to the hard-working sole traders, the Architecture Awards highlight only those who have proven themselves in this sector; only excellence is of importance.

Twinfix are continually looking to the future, working to improve their current products and developing further offerings for the roofing and canopy arena.

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Case Study – Liverpool Heart & Chest COVID-19 Testing Facility

When Liverpool’s leading specialist heart and chest hospital trust wanted to set-up a drive through COVID-19 testing facility, Twinfix were approached by Actua to find a solution to provide shelter within their client’s COVID 19 testing pick up points.

The area was a small courtyard and the proposal was to create a turning circle where vehicles could drive in and pick up their testing kit and drive out, the canopy would provide shelter for the vehicles whilst doing so.

There were further complications as the area is also used for general hospital deliveries therefore meaning the height of the canopy needed to facilitate lorry/wagons.

With the hospital’s requirements in mind, Twinfix designed two bespoke structures spanning a total of 82 sqm:
Section 1: Free standing duo-pitch canopy completely independent of the building·
Section 2: Wall mounted lean-to mono-pitch canopy with vertical glazed screen to side & front elevation.

Section 1 comprised of galvanised steel posts with upper aluminium sub-frame roof, whereas, the full structure of Section 2 was manufactured in aluminium.

Both structures were fitted with our non-fragile Multi-Link-Panel roof-glazing system glazed with 25mm clear polycarbonate.

Joe Astley, Capital Projects Officer at LHCH commented: “The trust is very pleased with the services received. From a quick turnaround in manufacturing to a trouble free and speedy installation, Twinfix did a great job at LHCH.”

These canopies not only look great, but also utilise the outdoor space providing shelter for patients and staff throughout the testing process.

 

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Twinfix awarded CHAS Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved CHAS Accreditation again this year.

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

CHAS is awarded to companies who have “demonstrated compliance with the CHAS standards in line with SSIP Core Criteria and UK
H&S Legislation and has been awarded accreditation to the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015.”

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.” 

 

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We have learning covered!

Canopies and covered areas are an attractive and cost-effective addition to any school. Properly designed and installed, they can be eye-catching structures which provide additional learning space, sheltered eating space and play areas, they can be fitted almost anywhere and can help to extend classrooms, providing fit for purpose entrance covers or weatherproof covered walkways.

Bringing the inside outside

Canopies and covered areas are especially useful for providing outside eating and play areas, particularly in light of the unpredictable British weather. As the country looks to ease its way out of the Covid19 lockdown, more covered outside space has been and will be needed as we move forward. The mental and physical benefits of increasing the amount of daylight in our environment have been well documented. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that not only do we feel better as a result of more daylight, but we also concentrate better, we sleep better, we perform better, we recover faster, and we are happier. Daylight affects us unlike anything else, it is deeply rooted in our very souls and provides something that we desperately need. Studies show that adding daylight into design, results in a demonstrable increase in academic performance and the students are better behaved. Having a bright, open, versatile space which can be covered if needed, makes it not only exciting and fun to learn in this space, but makes a real feature of the outside.

Covering off the Design

Each school is different with specific needs which require bespoke solutions to fit with the existing structures, the students, the curriculum and desired uses. Having well designed, flexible spaces ensure that as requirements and demands change, the limitations are your imagination and not the environment you’re in.

Canopies and covered areas are a cost effective, low maintenance alternative to an extension, whilst still providing much needed outside space. Canopies can be used in conjunction with roller shutters or vertical glazing to provide multipurpose spaces, offering additional space with the benefits of being inside, outside.

Attractively designed, sympathetic to existing architecture and blending with surroundings, they offer significant benefits as learning spaces or covered multipurpose areas. Made from hard wearing, long life products such as aluminium and polycarbonate, which resist the damage of exposure to the British weather and are sustainable and environmentally friendly, due to their ability to be recycled, canopies and covered areas provide a real long-term investment. There is no substitute for having a flexible outdoor space that can provide somewhere safe and secure when required but can quickly and easily be opened up to allow the outside inside.

Every day is a school day

One recent example of good design was delivered by a leading manufacturer of canopies and covered spaces. They designed, manufactured and installed a free-standing mono pitch canopy with aluminium frame to complement a new classroom. The roof comprises of an innovative panel system, which meets relevant safety tests so a good safe choice for the school environment. Using polycarbonate glazing materials provided protection against UV to those using the canopy. It is also incredibly tough and will not crack or craze with use.

Vicky Evans, Director at Twinfix, commented; “I really understand the importance of helping schools to design bespoke, cost effective canopies and covered areas. Creating a style which suits each school site and location, is important. Having the ability to choose from a range of different materials, colours and products, depending upon your requirements gives each school something unique, but instantly familiar. However, should you want something a little out of the ordinary, our design team would be delighted to work with you to create a bespoke cover for your area. Looking at cost and longer-term investment for schools, we are able to provide a financing solution which allows them to spread the cost to suit their budget.

One of the Early Years canopies at the Gaer Primary School, Newport

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A school outside eating area

A school outside eating area