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.
|Springwood Primary School, Manchester - Case Study|
A special educational needs school in Salford welcomed an additional sixty pupils across its two sites in Swinton and Irlam this September. Springwood Primary School, which is the only primary school of its kind in the city, increased its overall capacity to three hundred pupils from nursery to Year 6. The expansion involved enlarging a second site at Craig Hall in Irlam which the school used as a 'temporary annex' for around three years. Twinfix were approached by MTX Contracts the Principal Contractor on the project to design, manufacture and install a canopy at the site, between the building and existing canopy. A major challenge that Twinfix’s design team needed to over-come was a Build-Over-Agreement issued to the school by the Water Board, which required 24/7 access to the drains beyond the proposed site for the canopy. The team rose to the challenge and designed this mobile canopy, a first of its kind for Twinfix. This impressive free standing curved canopy, spanning a total of sixty square metres comprises of a sliding section with a run length of three metres and a static section with a run length of 17.5 metres. The aluminium structure is powder-coated to RAL 5003, Sapphire Blue. The half barrel vault roof design was constructed using Twinfix’s bespoke roof glazing systems glazed with 10mm clear polycarbonate. The non-fragile system achieves a Class B designation in accordance with the HSE’s ACR[m]001:2019 drop test. The main challenge was to create a frame that was strong enough to retain its shape when moved but light enough for a single person to open and close the retractable section. This was achieved through material choices, such as the polycarbonate vertical glazing instead of glass to keep the weight to a minimum. The expert team also designed a bespoke track and wheel system which allowed the whole frame to glide open and close very easily, once closed it was locked in position to the adjacent fixed frames which retain it in place during high winds. Director at Twinfix, Dan Smith commented: ‘From initial concept we felt like this product would fit in well with our current product range, so had confidence it was something we could develop for the client. The finished design looks really well and is extremely easy to use, this is a credit to our internal design and fabrication teams that worked together to achieve our goal’ Matt Lawrenson, Deputy Head at Springwood commented on their new canopy: ‘Over the Summer of 2021, we had a Sheltered Walkway constructed and installed by Twinfix at our SEND provision, where we have children with a range of complex additional needs aged 2-7 years old. Our sheltered walkway allows us to move pupils between our existing school building and the new extension we have had built. As well as ensuring safe passage for children and staff, the quality and dimensions of the structure will provide an ideal additional learning space for our pupils, lending itself to a whole host of possibilities. It is light, spacious, and aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, the walkway satisfies an extremely specific and demanding design brief, with a retractable section which will allow utilities services access to a rising main in the event that this should be needed, without compromising its appearance or necessary sturdiness. We could not be more pleased.’ You can see the canopy in use <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnz1OWtnuWQ">here</a>. <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/029_CTZ_ER6_9275-HDR_2048px.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2008" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/029_CTZ_ER6_9275-HDR_2048px.jpg" alt="029_CTZ_ER6_9275-HDR_2048px" width="2048" height="1365" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/048_CTZ_ER6_9912-HDR_2048px.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2011" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/048_CTZ_ER6_9912-HDR_2048px-150x150.jpg" alt="048_CTZ_ER6_9912-HDR_2048px" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/047_CTZ_ER6_9907-HDR_2048px.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2010" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/047_CTZ_ER6_9907-HDR_2048px-150x150.jpg" alt="047_CTZ_ER6_9907-HDR_2048px" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/049_CTZ_ER6_9917-HDR_2048px.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2002" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/049_CTZ_ER6_9917-HDR_2048px-150x150.jpg" alt="049_CTZ_ER6_9917-HDR_2048px" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/003_CTZ_ER6_9160-HDR_2048px.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2004" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/003_CTZ_ER6_9160-HDR_2048px-300x200.jpg" alt="003_CTZ_ER6_9160-HDR_2048px" width="300" height="200" /></a> <a href="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/028_CTZ_ER6_9265-HDR_2048px.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2007" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/028_CTZ_ER6_9265-HDR_2048px-300x200.jpg" alt="028_CTZ_ER6_9265-HDR_2048px" width="300" height="200" /></a> [read more]
|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.” <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1969" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Area-1-3-1.jpeg" alt="Area 1 (3)" width="935" height="752" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1967" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/LC_DCM_290321school_42-1-1-300x225.jpg" alt="LC_DCM_290321school_42-1" width="300" height="225" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1964" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/WhatsApp-Image-2021-06-04-at-15.17.27-264x300.jpeg" alt="WhatsApp Image 2021-06-04 at 15.17.27" width="264" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1966" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/LC_DCM_290321school_21-1-300x225.jpg" alt="LC_DCM_290321school_21" width="300" height="225" /> <img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1962" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Area-1-2-225x300.jpeg" alt="Area 1 (2)" width="225" height="300" /> [read more]
|Case Study - Penketh South Primary's Brise Soleil|
<p class="xmsonormal">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.</p> <p class="xmsonormal">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.</p> <p class="xmsonormal">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.</p> <p class="xmsonormal"><span style="color: #333333;">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.</span> 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).</p> <p class="xmsonormal"><span style="color: #333333;">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.</span></p> <p class="xmsonormal" style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1939" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/003_CRU_EOR_1315-HDR_2048px.jpg" alt="Twinfix Brise Soleil" width="2048" height="819" /></p> <p class="xmsonormal" style="text-align: left;"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1941" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/008_CRU_EOR_1345-HDR_2048px-300x200.jpg" alt="008_CRU_EOR_1345-HDR_2048px" width="300" height="200" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1938" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/002_CRU_EOR_1310-HDR_2048px-300x200.jpg" alt="002_CRU_EOR_1310-HDR_2048px" width="300" height="200" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1946" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/011_CRU_EOR_1370-HDR_2048px-200x300.jpg" alt="011_CRU_EOR_1370-HDR_2048px" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p class="xmsonormal" style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1956" src="https://www.twinfix.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/032_CRU_EOR_1415-HDR-rework-2_2048px-300x200.jpg" alt="032_CRU_EOR_1415-HDR-rework-2_2048px" width="300" height="200" /></p> [read more]
|Case Study - St Cuthbert's Catholic High School, St Helens|
Built in 1957, St Cuthbert's is one of the oldest Secondary Schools in St Helens, and was the first Catholic Secondary Modern to be built since the war. The distinctive main elevation of the school appears largely as it did nearly sixty years ago, but over-all the school's buildings have increased over the last half century to accommodate increased pupil numbers and more facilities. Last year, Twinfix were approached by BPL Construction to design, supply and install an enclosed free-standing mono-pitch canopy at the school, which would provide additional space for dining, a popular choice for schools looking for a cost-effective alternative to traditional extensions, allowing them to utilise their outdoor areas and provide additional covered space. The canopy covering a total of 129 square metres, manufactured from rust-resistant aluminium and powder coated to RAL 9004 signal black comprises of our innovative Multi-Link-Panel NF roof-glazing system, glazed with 25mm opal polycarbonate. Coloured vinyls were attached to some of the side panels to brighten up the structure and tie in with school branding. Mrs Twist, Head Teacher at the school commented: “We are extremely impressed with the quality and design of the canopy. The onsite team have worked in close proximity to our students and have taken full account of their health and safety.” The addition of the side glazing and doors add extra protection from the elements, making it a usable space throughout the year and a secure area for storage of equipment. [gallery ids="1896,1895,1894,1893"] [read more]
|Case Study - Silverstone Primary School|
In these uncertain times, as schools find their new ‘norm’, government guidelines advise schools to increase outdoor play. In response to this guidance, many schools are looking at ways to utilise their outdoor space and provide protection from the inclement British weather. Canopies, outdoor shelters and covered walkways could be a great investment for any education establishment. These versatile structures offer a cost-effective and quick solution to extending classrooms and eating areas and providing shelter for parents queuing on the school-run, while traditional building extensions can be costly and take months, these structures are quick to erect and more likely to fit within budget constraints. Twinfix are a family business, that have been operating for 30 years as a reputable and accredited designer, manufacturer and installer of high-quality, safe canopies which have benefitted many education establishments throughout the UK. Silverstone Primary School in Towcester had a requirement for a covered outdoor area at their school and contacted Twinfix to design, manufacture and install a striking canopy for their playground, to provide shelter for pupils while they play and learn outside. Our expert team worked closely with the school to create the best structure for their needs and for their budget, designing a striking waveform canopy and including colourful post protectors to enhance the aesthetics of the structure. Many thousands of Twinfix canopies have been installed over the years to create glazed covered areas at schools, universities, and other education settings, as they continue to turn to Twinfix to supply structures during these unprecedented times, they can rest-assured that the benefits of these products will long outlive the current pandemic! [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1723,1724,1725,1726" orderby="rand"] [read more]
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