Concept Cubicle Systems sponsors the MSA An interview with Vicky Meredith from CCS

Concept Cubicle Systems sponsors the MSA

Manchester Society of Architects VP Paul Iddon sat down with Vicky Meredith, the new Specification Manager at Concept Cubicle Systems to talk about her role, lockdown, gender-neutral washrooms and more.

 

Hi Vicky, why don’t you start by just telling us a bit about yourself?

Well I’m Vicky Meredith and I started as Specification Manager at Concept Cubicle Systems in December last year.

So I’ve not been here for very long but I’ve enjoyed talking to lots of architects, contractors and specifiers about what exactly they need for their projects.

A bit more personally, I’m from St Helens and I’ve got an amazing nine-year-old boy called Jayden. I like to keep fit and healthy by running in my spare time and I love the odd glass of wine to unwind.

How have you found it starting a new job under lockdown?

I think the last year and a bit has been really tough on everyone – so I won’t say it’s been ideal – but I do think I was really lucky to get a job with such great people.

It’s a really close-knit team at Concept and everyone has been warm and welcoming. On top of that, everyone is great at their jobs, which is what I think has allowed us to grow during lockdown.

I think the biggest challenge I’ve faced has been in trying to meet new people in the industry. Anyone who knows me will know I want to get out there and meet people and shake hands and get coffee, but that’s obviously not very easy at the moment. Zoom meetings have helped a bit, but there is definitely something missing from the experience, and I think everyone is a bit sick of them now anyway.

Obviously, it looks like we’re on track to start meeting up again soon, so hopefully my job will get a little bit easier. I’m looking forward to getting out, delivering CPDs and meeting lots of new faces.

Can you tell us more about what you’ve got planned this year?

We’ve got lots of exciting things happening this year. We should be moving to a bigger site soon where we will have a new showroom to showcase our products.

We’re also investing in our website and in social media, which will make it easier for us to communicate and share information with architects. The other thing that I’m really focusing on this year is expanding our portfolio of CPDs.

We’ve heard about your CPD on gender-neutral washrooms, can you tell us more about that?

We spoke to lots of architects about what they’re looking for from washroom suppliers in terms of CPD. We decided on the subject of ‘designing and specifying gender-neutral washrooms’ because we identified it as an area where there just a real lack of any high-quality information for architects.

We know that lots of schools, universities and public and private sector organisations are asking for gender-neutral washrooms. But, I think because it’s a potentially sensitive area, there just isn’t enough practical advice out there.

That’s what we’ve tried to do with the CPD and we haven’t shied away from any of the big issues.

You can find out more about Concept Cubicle Systems on their website: https://www.conceptcubiclesystems.co.uk

MSA Q&A with Tom Bloxham

MSA Q&A with Tom Bloxham MBE, Founder of Urban Splash

For those who missed our fourth MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President hosts Tom Bloxham MBE, Founder of Urban Splash

Following on the theme, they discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

MSA Q&A with Steve Slater

MSA Q&A with Steve Slater of Real Estate Investment Partnerships

For those who missed our third MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President hosts Steve Slater, CEO of Real Estate Investment Partnerships.

Following on the theme, they discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

MSA Q&A with Tim Heatley

MSA Q&A with Tim Heatley of Capital & Centric

For those who missed our second MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President hosts Tim Heatley, Co-Founder of Capital & Centric.

Following on the theme, they discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

MSA Q&A with Gary Jackson

MSA Q&A with Gary Jackson of DeTrafford

For those who missed any our recent MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President first hosts Gary Jackson, Founder and CEO of leading property developer DeTrafford.

They discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

 

New Jobs Platform

MSA launches new jobs listing platform for the architects and practices of Manchester

To support our members – the architects and practices of Manchester, we have launched a FREE careers listing platform on the MSA website. 

We hope this platform will become the go-to place for architect jobs in Manchester. Click the image above to see the message from MSA President, Nick Moss. If you have questions or would like more information then please contact Nick directly at n.moss@sixtwoarchitects.com  

 

 


See the latest jobs here:

Building Equality’s Spill the Tea @ 15:00

Knowledge Share and Collaboration – Advancing Gender Diversity Advocacy

Building Equality are proud to launch their online, nationwide Knowledge Share and Collaboration series.

Our first ever event, hosted by our Greater Manchester committee, will celebrate and raise awareness of our transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming community.

‘Advancing Gender Diversity Advocacy’ – Wednesday 29 April, 15.00 – 16.00 – to join on the day please click here.

At this event, we will recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of the many incredible transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming role models within our industry.

Gender diversity awareness, visibility and advocacy has never been more important. We have seen positives strides in recent years, through laws and legislations and an increasing number of positive role models and allies. However, statistics show us that there is still progress to be made and our transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming community are disproportionally affected by discrimination, prejudice and violence.

We invite Jake Stothard (Building Equality Greater Manchester Co-Chair and Digital Engineer, Arup) and Michelle Shepherd (Building Equality Sheffield Co-Chair and Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald) to explore gender diversity awareness and inclusion every day and to share stories and experiences to educate on how we can better advance advocacy around the issues that most affect our transgender, non-bonary and gender non-conforming community.

The event is open to all, LGBT+ and allies, Building Equality members and otherwise.

Building Equality’s 5th Birthday Bash

Could you be crowned our birthday baker? And help us celebrate our 5th birthday in style!

We need you! The good, the bad and the at least you tried… bake it, make it or fake it if you have too!

There are five simple rules:

1. Set your timer, time management is key – you’ve got 60 minutes, cheat if you have too no-ones watching.
2. Bake, make, create, decorate your birthday cake – surprise us, think big, colourful and unorthodox, we’re not going to eat it.
3. Snap your masterpiece in all its ‘Nailed It’ comparison glory.
4. Post your entry on Twitter between Mon 27 and Thurs 30 April or alternatively send us your entry at the link below.
5. Don’t forget to @BuildingEqLGBT and #BuildingEqualityBirthdayBash – piece of cake!

 

Avoid soggy bottoms and present beautifully decorated tops. Grease up, grab your jugs and give it a good go. Bakers pre-heat your ovens… and may the best baker win!

 

All entries cost a suggested donation of £5, all proceeds donated to The Proud Trust here.

To enter, please get in touch.

COVID-19

MSA: Here to support you

In the mist of the current COVID-19 crisis, the MSA will be adapting to offer support and guidance to society members and the wider Manchester construction community.

President of the MSA, Nick Moss outlines the commitment to our community in these extraordinary times:


If you have concerns or questions then please contact Nick directly at n.moss@sixtwoarchitects.com