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.
Canopies are a perfect addition to a school. Commonly used to provide addition play and learning space, they can be fitted almost anywhere and can help to extend classrooms, provide attractive entrance covers or weatherproof covered walkways.
Finally, if you would like to take the first step towards obtaining a canopy for your premises, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Twinfix team are here and happy to help!
Used for a variety of purposes from work and play areas in the education sector to railway platform canopies, our structures enable outdoor spaces to be used whatever the weather.
The majority of our structures are manufactured with powder coated aluminium frames that have a long and trouble-free life. However, should you prefer, you can choose a steel or wooden frame.
Multiwall or solid polycarbonate are our glazing materials of choice, although a laminated glass option is available on pitched roof designs. Polycarbonate gives protection against UV to those using the canopy. It is also incredibly tough and will not crack or craze in use.
For all pitched roof canopies we use our Multi-Link-Panels NF for the roof glazing as these have been tested as non-fragile to the HSE's recommended drop test for roofing assemblies, ACR[M]001:2014.
You can choose from a range of different styles, depending upon your site conditions. However, should you want something a little out of the ordinary our design team will be pleased to work with you to create a bespoke cover for your area.
|Non-fragile roof glazing|
|Long lasting and durable|
|Non-rusting aluminium frame|
|Variety of colours|
|Choice of glazing material|
The answer is "maybe". Firstly, you may not require planning consent if you are replacing "like for like" in terms of location, size, design and colour. If your school is a Listed Building, in a Conservation Area, National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or if any part of the proposed canopy or walkway is within 1m of a boundary, then planning consent will almost certainly be required.
In all cases we would always advise you to consult your local planning department to determine if planning consent is required. If your school is on County owned land, consult your local County Council contact first. Otherwise your local District or Borough Council, as this will be your local planning authority.
If you do require planning consent, Twinfix will be able to advise you on the procedure that you will need to undertake. We can also supply you with typical canopy or walkway drawings, which you may require as part of your application. We can offer you a visualisation of your canopy to assist with your application if required.
If your Twinfix canopy does require planning consent, this may take up to 12 weeks to complete. We can take an order whilst this planning consent is going through which will secure your installation slot and there will be no charge if the canopy plans are rejected.
Please note that any single canopy or walkway that has a ground area of 30m² or above, or is within 1m of a boundary, will still be subject to Building Control approval. You must advise your local District or Borough Building Control Department of the project details. You may, however, commence any works from 48 hours following your Building Control application.
Twinfix have partnered with a trusted funding provider in the UK who exclusively specialises in the education sector, to offer a new funding package to establishments across the UK.
Our new financing solution allows you to get the canopy, shelter or walkway your school needs while spreading the cost.
Spreading the cost allows your school to get the canopy or shelter you need without tying up all your budget.
Your school can immediately benefit from having a new canopy and not start paying until the next budget year with the deferred payment option.
Once an agreement is made, you know exactly what to pay and when, making it easy to budget for the future by giving your school more financial certainty.
Our funding partner has made the process simple; their agreements are only a single sheet of A4!
As the payments are fixed for the duration of the agreement, there are no unexpected expenses or surprises. This provides financial certainty making forward planning and budgeting very straightforward.
Our funding option enables you to pay for your new canopy as you use it, allowing you to better manage your capital outlay.
Customer feedback is extremely important to us as it allows us to see what we did well, and where we could use a little improvement. Our team review all feedback and action it appropriately, continuously improving our processes to help ensure that our customers are 100% happy with their purchase and the service they receive throughout the entire process.
The following case studies all feature a Twinfix covered solution at an educational premises. We hope that you find them beneficial and that they offer additional re-assurance when choosing one of our canopies for your premises.
|Case study - Sir John Moore's Primary School in Appleby Magna|
When Sir John Moore’s Primary School in Appleby Magna, Leicestershire, required a new classroom for their Key Stage 1 children, architectural and construction consultancy YMD Boon were happy to assist. The school was originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. It opened in 1697 as a free school for boys and is now a Grade 1 Listed Building enhancing the picturesque village of Appleby Magna. YMD Boon came up with an innovative design, respecting and reinforcing the significant heritage of the school. They incorporated a Twinfix canopy into the design and the team at Twinfix worked closely in collaboration with main contractor Ideal Building Systems Ltd to fulfil their part of the project. The new building has been designed with features that reflect the Grade 1 listed main building. It is also timber-clad to blend into the surrounding woodland and natural environment. The external materials represent the modern-day opportunities to provide a green, low maintenance solution. Twinfix, designed, manufactured and installed a free-standing mono pitch canopy with aluminium frame and timber posts to complement the new classroom. The roof comprises of our innovative Multi-Link-Panel NF system, 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 pupils are now enjoying lessons in a new state-of-the-art classroom, their new canopy measures 22.9m in length and has a 3m projection, providing shelter for a range of work and play activities. <img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1701" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sir-John-Moores-1-150x150.jpeg" alt="Sir John Moores (1)" width="150" height="150" /> <img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1702" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sir-John-Moores-2-150x150.jpg" alt="Sir John Moores (2)" width="150" height="150" /> <img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1703" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sir-John-Moores-4-150x150.jpg" alt="Sir John Moores (4)" width="150" height="150" /> <img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1705" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sir-John-Moores-6-150x150.jpg" alt="Sir John Moores (6)" width="150" height="150" /> <img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1706" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sir-John-Moores-7-150x150.jpg" alt="Sir John Moores (7)" width="150" height="150" /> [read more]
|Case Study: Tredegar Park|
Twinfix bespoke canopies make great learning and play spaces for children of all ages. Individually designed for each location, they are available with a range of roof shapes. Canopies may be a lean-to design if the construction of the building walls is acceptable, or free-standing where this is not the case. Working for main contractor Willis Construction, we recently designed, manufactured and installed a free-standing mono pitch canopy and a bespoke entrance canopy at Tredegar Park Primary School in Newport. With almost 30 years’ experience the Twinfix Technical Team had no problems designing two canopies to suit both their needs and budget. The design team produced a 3D graphic of a quadrant-shaped reverse pitch canopy with rear wall mounted posts which Willis Construction agreed looked impressive and would be a great focal point for the school’s entrance. As part of the canopy manufacturing process, a dry run assembly is always carried out in the Twinfix factory prior to powder coating the frame. This helps to make sure that all parts fit together well, ensuring quick and speedy site installation. The two canopies installed at Tredegar Park Primary School are manufactured from powder coated aluminium that will not rust, and glazed with tough, UV resistant, opal multiwall roofing that conforms to the ACR[M]001:2014 drop test as outlined by the HSE in HSG33, so not only will they look good for many years to come, but they are designed and built with safety in mind – just what is required for school use. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1537,1535,1536,1538,1539"] [read more]
|Case Study - St Annes Primary School, Liverpool|
Canopies are often popular in primary schools because there is an expectation by Ofsted that children, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage, should have access to the outdoors and be able to enjoy activities outside. While canopies provide shelter against the inclement British weather, many schools see their canopies as an extension to the classroom environment, relieving pressure on space in schools. Many schools have discovered the benefits to be gained by installing a Twinfix canopy to gain additional space for pupils to learn and play, rather than extending their classrooms using traditional building methods. St Anne (Stanley) CofE Primary School in Liverpool was looking for a cost-effective alternative to an extension to increase space for learning and play for their pupils. We installed a freestanding mono-pitch canopy on behalf of Arcadis, which provided the school with 84 square metres of additional space to play outdoors. Manufactured in the Twinfix factory with an aluminium frame polyester powder coated in RAL 6002 Leaf Green to match the school colours, the roof consists of Multi-Link-Panels NF fitted with opal 16mm multiwall polycarbonate. These glazed panels are Non-Fragile to the recommended roofing assembly test ACR[M]001:2014. The vertical side glazing offers protection from the weather all year round whilst allowing light into the canopy. Roller shutters were included to offer security and additional storage space for outdoor equipment. The canopy was installed by one of the Twinfix DBS checked teams. We were pleased to receive this lovely feedback from the school: “Shelter has been installed perfectly! We are extremely happy with the manner in which the shelter has been installed. The workmen are a real credit to your firm. We are delighted with the finished product.” With budgetary cuts affecting everyone nowadays, it’s good to see that having to cut your cloth a bit can result in great benefits – providing a cost-effective and multi-functional building for students’ use. [gallery ids="1431,1432,1433,1434,1435"] [read more]
|Case Study - Manchester Schools|
We are delighted to have been involved in a recent project that saw ISG deliver a phased programme of new and refurbished primary school facilities across Greater Manchester. The aim of the project was to meet demands of the increasing student population across the region. Working alongside Premier Modular, we designed, manufactured and installed 17 canopies at 7 schools in the city. Twinfix originally designed and installed four canopies at St Margaret’s Primary School, which led to us being invited back to assist with phase 2 of the project and installing canopies at a further six sites, including Lily Lane Primary School, Moston; Webster Primary School, Moss Side; Ringway Primary School, Wythenshawe and Beaver Road Primary School, Didsbury. All our canopies hold the CE mark of safety, were installed by our team of DBS checked installers and are manufactured close by at our factory in Warrington. The roofs comprise of 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. The aluminium frames were powder coated to match the school exteriors. Using aluminium for the framework is our 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 school canopy as it doesn’t rust in use and will stand up to the test of time – and children! [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1355,1356,1357,1358,1359,1360,1361,1362,1363,1364,1365,1366,1367,1368,1369,1370,1371,1372,1373,1374,1375,1376,1377,1378,1379,1380,1381,1382,1383,1384,1385,1386,1387,1388,1389,1390,1391,1392,1393,1394,1395,1396,1397,1398,1399,1400,1401,1402,1403,1404,1405,1406,1407,1408,1409,1410,1411,1412"] [read more]
|Twinfix canopy plays its part in an academy’s expansion programme|
<strong>The partly freestanding canopy helps with hunger pains.</strong><em> Twinfix has completed one of its largest and most unusual canopy installations to help protect a multitude of hungry schoolchildren from the elements. The 6.2m x 7.8m partly freestanding canopy has been erected between two buildings at the former independent North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham, Cheshire, which has been attracting a plethora of pupils since it became an academy in 2016. To meet the needs of the additional 80 students per year, the school has invested in new design and technology and science and food technology suites as well as a complete refurbishment of all of its classrooms and a new dining room that will be twice the size of the existing canteen. The clear Twinfix canopy was required to provide a “cost-effective” shelter for the students as they wait in the lunch queues outside the canteen. It is unusual in that it comprises vertical gable ends of 16mm triple-wall polycarbonate as well as the 10mm twin-wall non-fragile polycarbonate roof which is curved to a 6.9m radius. The gable ends were assembled in the Twinfix factory and the roof on-site. The roof comprises 11 panels 68mm wide and 6.3m long which are clamped between two-part 60mm glazing bars while the gable ends use 88mm wide and up to 3.2m high panels slid into single-part 70mm bars. The matt blue (RAL 5010) polyester powder coated aluminium frame with black PVC gutters is fixed to the two buildings via wall-mounted square posts, with one gable end open for 2.2m as an entrance. North Cestrian headmaster Lee Bergin said the Twinfix canopy was specified by their bursar. “I suspect the main reason was cost but also the lead time was the shortest of three companies. It has proven to be robust enough to deal with daily queues of hungry children and the colour matches the school blue,” he said. After the canteen is converted to new music rooms the canopy will continue to provide useful outside space. Mr Bergin added: “It will be a shelter for rainy days and the area will have some outside seating. Some events, like summer fairs and bun sales, are held outside and this is a suitable sheltered area.” North Cestrian was one of 49 schools in 2016 to be approved by the Department of Education to become a non-selective, non-fee-paying academy through the Government’s Free School programme. This means it can still set its own extended curriculum, term dates and length of school day. Its governing body oversees and operates the school but pupils do not have to sit an entrance exam. <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-Medium.jpg"><img src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-Medium-300x225.jpg" alt="North Cestrian (Medium)" width="300" height="225" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1273" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-5-Medium.jpg"><img src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-5-Medium-300x225.jpg" alt="North Cestrian (5) (Medium)" width="300" height="225" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1274" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-4-Medium.jpg"><img src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-4-Medium-300x225.jpg" alt="North Cestrian (4) (Medium)" width="300" height="225" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1275" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-3-Medium.jpg"><img src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-3-Medium-300x225.jpg" alt="North Cestrian (3) (Medium)" width="300" height="225" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1276" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-2-Medium.jpg"><img src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/North-Cestrian-2-Medium-300x225.jpg" alt="North Cestrian (2) (Medium)" width="300" height="225" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1277" /></a> [read more]
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