Beer and Building Product Specification Festival

Beer and Building Product Specification Festival

MSA Sponsors Dacatie (Quantum Profile Systems Ltd) is hosting a unique FREE event for Architects and Specifiers on Thursday 14th July 2022, from 3pm until 10.30pm. It will give those in attendance the chance to learn about the very latest building product developments in the construction industry, and enjoy an evening of networking. Free transport will also be available to and from Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

There will be an afternoon of focused RIBA CPDs, an RIBA accredited Lean factory tour, and an exhibition from leading building product manufacturers. There will also be a free bar and hog roast (plus veggie option) in the evening.

Several leading building product manufacturers will be offering 20-minute-long, focused CPDs which will earn CPD points for our guests. Attendees will be offered an RIBA assessed tour of QPSL’s factory, which will allow them to observe its Lean manufacturing techniques in practice. There will also be an exhibition area where you can speak directly to a range of manufacturers.

In the evening there will be a selection of drinks available at the free bar. Guests will be served a buffet, the centrepiece of which will be a whole hog roast with all the trimmings. There will also be vegan and vegetarian options available.

Entertainment will be provided by live performances from various musical artists including Pressure Drop, a Manchester-based Reggae and Ska street band. For those who would like to take advantage of the refreshments, free transport is available on the day. There will be a bus to pick people up from the Northern Quarter in Manchester at 2.15pm and to drop people back there at 10.30pm.

Book your FREE place today – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/specification-afternoon-beer-festival-free-to-architects-specifiers-tickets-256808520197

The following companies will be exhibiting:

1. Quantum Flooring – Stair nosing, entrance matting & flooring accessories
2. Dacatie – Cavity closers & fire barriers
3. Altro – Floorcoverings
4. Teknos – Paints & coatings
5. Uzin Utz – Adhesives & Screeds
6. Contract Flooring Association – Flooring Trade body
7. British Woodworking Federation – Timber Industry Trade body
8. SpecifiedBy – Specification Directory
9. Tarkett – Floorcoverings
10. West-Port – Timber windows & Doors
11. PDS – Doorsets & Fire doors
12. Xtratherm – Insulation & Enveloping solutions

FAQs

What is the running order for the event?
• 2.15pm – Coach departs from Northern Quarter
• 2.30pm – Registration and refreshments
• 3pm – First CPD and first factory tour
• 5.30pm – Bar opens
• 6pm –Live music begins
• 6.30pm – Hog Roast opens
• 10.30pm – Finish and Coach departs from QPSL

How do I get there?
You can hop on the free coach, which will depart the Northern Quarter at 2.15pm on the day of the event – there will also be a return coach later in the evening.

How do I book a place to attend?
Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/specification-afternoon-beer-festival-free-to-architects-specifiers-tickets-256808520197

New Sponsor

NEW SPONSOR – Project Four
We are pleased to announce that Project Four is our newest sponsor. 

Speaking on the announcement, Managing Director, Alan Robson said: “Project Four chose to work with and sponsor the MSA for 2022, and hopefully beyond as we felt that our approach to CDM + supporting designers/architects fits perfectly.  At P4 we felt that we simply can’t keep taking the same approach to CDM as the industry has since 1994 (and under the 2007 regulations).  Our retained support for existing MSA members has proven successful in recent year, working with practices such as Buttress, AEW Architects, Fletcher Rae, JDA, Eden Projects, Shedkm. We also work with many other architects, on a project-by-project basis across the UK.

At P4 we have developed a service that offers design houses / studios greater protection and wider business support, and not simply delivering projects in isolation – with (usually) no return on the investment.  Taking the fees previously used for project-by-project appointments, with the aim of making cdm compliance within practices/business more efficient (reducing the larger project by project fees).  P4 work with architects and other designers to provide focused/bespoke training, gap analysis + proactive action plans, CDM toolkits, management systems + upskilling through retained support.

We look forward to supporting the MSA and its members with some bespoke events + added value support. Look out for our sessions on strategic CDM + the Building Safety Bill.”

New Year Message from the President

Dear Colleagues and Friends.

A New Year beckons, so it is a great time to share our vision for your Society and upcoming activities for 2022.

The past two years have been tumultuous and difficult, causing a decrease in face-to-face events, but we were delighted at the enthusiasm and high attendance for the Awards, lectures and Barbecue and we really appreciate your support. We know there is a desire for friends and colleagues to meet, share stories and enjoy each other’s company and we intend to fulfil that desire wherever possible, be it digitally or physically.

We will be focusing on creating more and better activities that our members can enjoy. In fact, our theme for 2022 is all about growth.

Growth in membership, growth in engagement with our members, growth in the range and variety of activities that we offer, growth in celebration of our members’ achievements as individuals and practices. Growth in knowledge to meet the challenges that face our profession in times to come. Growth in inspiring lectures by leaders in their fields and emerging stars, coupled with hands-on experience for our members joining the profession.

And last but not least, growth in fun and enjoyment.

Our mission is:

‘To champion and nurture the present and future architects of Manchester’

 

To help us achieve this goal, we need:

Enthusiastic and engaged members of our council – if you have a passion to get involved and help our members, join us.

Members who are willing to share with people who don’t know our work. Help spread the word. 

Ideas to improve our work and activity, tell us the kind of things you’d like to see.

Help us by supporting our sponsors – host a practice CPD or check out the useful content on our Knowledge Hub.


Please get in touch with us and help us to help you!

Email: admin@the-msa.co.uk

 

Happy New Year! And watch this space for further exciting news!

 

Rob McGinnes,
MSA President & Founder of  Hive Architects

MSA Awards 2021 Highlights

After an unprecedented 18 months, it was great to see so many people come along to celebrate the achievements of Manchester’s Architects at the annual MSA Awards. 

The sigh of relief felt across the Manchester Albert Hall was almost palpable on the night as the room started to fill to over 500 attendees. 

This year’s awards was like no other, with two years worth of projects all vying for top spot – you certainly made it hard for this year’s judge. The last couple of years have been difficult, but as a society and a community, you’ve been resilient and adaptable. You’ve kept going and produced work of the highest calibre. The number and quality of entries this year was astonishing and testament to that strength of character.

That said, our achievements as architects are allied to a wider team of other professionals, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. And, of course, every great building needs a great client so it was a pleasure to welcome wider members of the construction value chain to come along and take part in the celebration. 

 

The awards were judged by immediate Past President of the RIBA President,  Professor Alan Jones.

For the last two years as President of the Royal institute of British Architects, he’s championed social mobility and led a reorientation of current and future architects and the RIBA itself. He has judged for the RIAS, RIBA, Civic Trust Awards and chaired the 2020 and 2021 Royal Gold Medal and the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize so we were honoured to have him judge our awards. 

A huge thank you should go to all the entrants for their efforts, to the runners up who were all of the highest quality and of course, congratulations to the worthy winners. 

Finally – a very special thank you to the Award sponsors, Wienerberger, AluK, Beplas, Concept Cubicle Systems, and George Barnsdale windows for their generous support. Without whom, we simply couldn’t put on the level of event that we did. 

We intend to be back to our normal June slot for the awards in 2022. We can’t wait to see you all then and another selection of amazing projects.

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