For over 25 years Twinfix has been providing canopies for the education sector throughout the UK. As a family owned and managed business we offer a high quality range of canopies, shelters and walkways.
When choosing a Twinfix structure you can rest assured that you are not only getting a superior product that has been manufactured in the UK, but also a level of customer service that we are extremely proud of. We are always on hand at every stage of the process to answer any questions that you may have.
The entire process from your initial quote, through to design and manufacture is undertaken by our own skilled teams. Working in schools is second nature to our highly trained installation teams. Every installer is DBS (previously CRB) checked and our site managers will ensure the installation runs smoothly and safely.
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“ We are absolutely thrilled with our Twinfix canopy. Visitors regularly comment on the way in which it has provided additional definition and character to our building. Your attention to our needs and wants was second to none. It has resulted in an eye-catching useful space which the children enjoy daily in a wide variety of ways. I honestly donât know how we would manage without it. It starts off in the morning as a socialising hub before school which is quite remarkable as this area was previously always exposed to the elements. As the day flows it helps to nurture our schoolâs outdoor learning focus whilst providing a delightful recreational space for breaks and lunchtimes. Who could ask for more? Professional dialogue with you and your design team ensured we exceeded our own expectations. Thank you. - Dora Plant Head Teacher ”
The original Bowdon Church School, near Altrincham, Cheshire, just couldn’t cope with its increasing numbers of pupils and a brand new two-story building with the same footprint area as the previous school has recently been built on what was once the playing field. Charles Shorland of architects Bowker Sadler of Stockport incorporated two Twinfix canopies into the design and Twinfix worked closely in collaboration with main contractor Willmott Dixon to fulfill their part of the project.
Manufactured from rust-resistant aluminium powder coated to RAL 7037 matt Dust Grey both of these free-standing canopies were fitted with Multi-Link-Panel roofs glazed with 25mm multiwall polycarbonate. The 25mm product was specified as its complex internal ‘X’ structure helps to deaden the drumming noise sometimes heard when heavy rain falls on to thinner multiwall. The panels conform to the HSE’s recommended drop test for fragility ACR[M]001:2014 with a B designation, meaning they are classified as non-fragile. The two canopies were fitted adjacent to the Reception classrooms on one side of the building and to the Year One classrooms on the southern side.
The Willmott Dixon team prepared the canopy footings and one of the Twinfix in-house installation teams installed the canopies. Andy Slater, the Willmott Dixon Building Manager says “I’ve been delighted with the service received by Twinfix from start to finish. Their installers were brilliant!”
The project originally started out as one small canopy adjacent to the Reception classes but the school team decided at quite a late stage in the build that they wanted to enlarge this both in width and length, add on the facility to enclose part of it and also requested a similar style of canopy on the other side on the building next to their infant classes. The Twinfix team of Nick Featherstone, Sales, and Tom Bray, Project Office Manager, worked directly with architect Charles Shorland and the Willmott Dixon Building Manager Darrell Cullen to achieve the required changes within the rather short timeframe left of the build.
The result is two large canopies that provide shelter for a range of work and play activities. The Reception canopy measures 30m in total length and 3.5m in width. It consists of nine bays, each of which is 3.3m wide. The middle four bays have vertical glazing at both ends using 16mm multiwall polycarbonate to create one big space that is fitted with four electrically operated roller shutters along the front. These also have manual over-rides in case of power cuts. With the shutters down there is now a huge protected area of over 46 square metres for indoor-outdoor play for use when the weather is bad. The higher slats on the roller shutters are perforated to allow light in, with the lower slats being solid metal to prevent dirt splashing into the area when it rains. This lockable area also creates secure storage for the play equipment when the school is closed.
The Year One canopy is 3.4m deep and nearly 23.5m long. It has six bays, five of which are 3.9m wide, with the first one being slightly smaller. The middle two bays are fitted out as a secure play and storage area, similar to the other canopy.
Both structures incorporate the Twinfix aluminium rainwater system, also powder coated in RAL 7037. The downpipes of this system were specially designed so that they fit closely to the canopy posts, meaning it is difficult for small fingers to gain any purchase and are therefore discouraged from attempting to climb up said posts!
Once the old single story school is demolished pupils at Bowdon Church School will be able to access their new playing field; until then they will no doubt find their two canopies are favourite places to play and congregate whatever the weather.
We have recently installed over 82m of fabricated lean-to and cantilever canopies on four areas at the new Flowery Field Primary School in Hyde, Cheshire. Working for main contractor Interserve we designed, manufactured and installed canopies in widths varying from 2m up to 4m.
JM Architects requested that the 12.5m entrance canopy have a dual purpose. The first 2m element of this 2m wide cantilever canopy was glazed with 6mm solid polycarbonate to provide shelter near to the door whilst the remaining structure was left unglazed with the aluminium rafters providing a cost-effective brise soleil solution of providing shade to the adjoining rooms. This particular canopy was installed in two phases. We fitted the wall brackets at an early stage of the build and then completed the canopy installation some six months later once the final orange render had been applied to the outer walls. We had originally put forward several layouts for this canopy and the chosen design included deep rafter bars with the overall cantilever roof also being supported by seven steel tension rods.
The other three canopies were a fabricated lean-to design, either 3m or 4m wide, fitted with mono-pitched roofs. These were glazed with 25mm clear multiwall polycarbonate fixed into our Multi-Link-Panel NF, a system that conforms to the HSE’s recommended drop test, ACR[M]001:2014 with a B designation, indicating that they are classified as non-fragile. The 25mm multiwall product is ideal for use near to classrooms as its complicated internal ‘X’ structure helps to remove the ‘drumming’ sound that heavy rain can cause on thinner versions of multiwall polycarbonate. Varying in length from just short of 20m right up to nearly 30m the three canopies were sited adjacent to classrooms where they enable direct and easy access to the various playgrounds and outside areas round the school.
All the canopies were powder coated in RAL 7016 anthracite grey. The architect’s choice of colour was included in our overall price at no extra cost, as is our standard practice. Fitting was accomplished by one of our in-house installation teams, who are all CRB checked. Our own aluminium rainwater goods were also specified for the canopies. The design of the down pipe fitting means there are no convenient hand holds available for small people to be tempted to try and climb up! In order to demonstrate exactly how these would look we prepared a sample of the system for approval prior to manufacture. The fact that all the rainwater goods were powder coated in the same colour as the canopy means they blend in well and being aluminium they won’t rust in use and will have a very long life.
We are currently in discussion about a further canopy on the site. It seems that four wasn’t quite enough for the school and they are now considering another canopy run outside other classrooms!
As part of a major redevelopment to the premium car park at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, Twinfix have installed a 3m wide walkway that enables continuous under-cover access from the car park into the airport building.
The 35m long mono-pitched structure is manufactured from aluminium powder coated dark grey (RAL 7037). Aluminium is an ideal choice in this application as it won’t rust if it gets the odd knock from a suitcase, neither will it require painting again, so an annual wash down means it will keep its good looks for years. Twinfix Multi-Link-Panels glazed with 25mm clear multiwall polycarbonate were used for the roof. As these panels meet the non-fragile requirements outlined in ACR[M]001:2014 the airport management have peace of mind knowing that any unauthorised access on to the walkway roof should not result in falls through the glazing.
Main Contractors for the project, Cambrianway Ltd of Wallasey, approached Twinfix in November last year, looking for installation in December. John Gallagher of Cambrianway says “We used Twinfix because we were confident that their part of the project would run to time. Everything went well. It was fitted on the agreed date and installation was actually faster than they said it would be.”
The exceptionally quick turn-round required meant the Twinfix team had to pull out all the stops, with meticulous co-ordination between their sales, design, planning and installation departments. But their many years’ experience paid off and the walkway was installed on time, ready for the Christmas rush at the airport!
The Early Years section of the Gaer Primary School in Newport
has recently benefited from two new additions – polycarbonate
glazed, aluminium-framed outdoor canopies designed,
manufactured and installed by us. Both 3 metres deep one has a
21.5 metre run while the other, which has a 10 metre run, includes
a shallow section over an entrance door. They are proving to be
invaluable playing and learning spaces for the children – enabling
them to enjoy being outside whatever the weather.
Aluminium is an ideal choice for a school canopy as it will keep
its good looks for years to come. These structures were powder
coated in satin finish RAL9910 white and were glazed with tough
25mm clear multiwall polycarbonate glazed into our Multi-Link
roof glazing panels. These are classified as Non-Fragile to the
recommended ACR[M]001:2014 drop test. Matching Twinfix
aluminium rainwater goods were fitted to both canopies. These
include downpipes that are close fitted to the supporting
columns, making it virtually impossible for active children to
climb up them!
Working with BAM Construction Ltd and liaising with the NPS
Architect we installed the canopies in two phases. So pleased
was everyone with the results that we are now fitting a further 30
metre long canopy adjacent to the new ASD building on site.
A 36 metre long mono-pitched Twinfix canopy installed at
Lancaster Road Primary School in Morecambe has added
considerably to the education of their 90 reception children. The
canopy is adjacent to the classrooms, thus ensuring easy freeflow
of indoor/outdoor provision.
Once the canopy was installed the school applied for and gained
a Lottery grant that enabled Susie Hill, the Foundation Stage
Manager, to equip the area under and around the canopy. She
organised the 136 sq metre covered space into dedicated
zones for such topics as phonics, reading and small world, with
complementary playground areas alongside each section. There
is also a covered wooden sandpit, a big tank of tadpoles that
the children can watch growing into frogs, boot stands to hold
outdoor shoes, and lots of other interesting, colourful items to
help stimulate small children and help in their learning, language
and communication skills.
Susie says “We use the canopy all day, every day. We have three
reception classes and there are always children outside. Each
class has a set of their own distinctly coloured tabards so the
number of children can be monitored and the teachers will also
note their activities and help direct them where necessary. Our
early years’ children use it for lots of different activities and as
teachers it’s provided us with a large additional learning/playing
space that we’ve found invaluable. It’s also ideal for parents to
wait under when delivering and collecting their children.”
Working for Lancashire County Council and Main Contractor
Conlon Construction who were undertaking other work on the
school site, Twinfix provided Headteacher Paul Gabriel with a
computer generated visual of how the finished canopy might
look. This graphic enabled everyone to see the full extent of the
proposed canopy and gave the staff an ideal opportunity to put
forward their own ideas. They decided to change the original
design slightly and the finished canopy has a straight roof line
right along its front length.
Twinfix manufactured the canopy with an aluminium frame
powder coated green and consists of rear-mounted bracket
supports fixed to the building with 12 front posts that are
fitted with padded protectors for safety. The roof comprises
our Multi-Link-Panels NF glazed with tough 25mm clear
multiwall polycarbonate. These panels are Non-Fragile to the
ACR[M]001:2014 drop test. Twinfix aluminium rainwater goods
were also installed. One end of the canopy that is now used as
a Reading Area is glazed with a 6mm solid clear polycabonate
screen that helps provide protection from the weather
Lancaster Road Primary School was first established in 1932 and
many of its classrooms then opened directly to the outside. This
was state of the art design at that time that enabled children
to have plenty of fresh air which was thought to be beneficial
in avoiding illness. Nowadays children are still encouraged to
enjoy the benefits of being outside and the reception classes
are certainly making the most of their opportunities for outdoor
learning through play.
One of their more famous former pupils is comedian Eric
Morecambe whose photo is proudly displayed near to the school
trophy cabinet. The new reception playground includes a small
stage for the children to use – I suspect that Eric would approve!