Concept Cubicle Systems sponsors the MSA An interview with Damon Grant from CCS

Concept Cubicle Systems sponsors the MSA

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

 

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

Well I’m Damon Grant 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.

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

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:

MSA Awards

MSA Awards

The awards event will be back in June 2021. There will be 14 unique award categories, ranging from commercial and community to built and unbuilt. This exact details will be confirmed in due course. 

 

2019 Judge and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Norman Foster

In 2019, we were honoured to have Lord Norman Foster judge our awards and accept the MSA Lifetime Achievement Award, probably the only award he’d yet to win! Here he is, accepting his award and explaining his personal connection to our great city:

 

In light of the current crisis, the 2020 awards event will be postponed until the 19th November 2020, where we hope to celebrate the true quality of our community’s work as well as a return to normality. Watch the highlights from our 2019 awards evening and see what to expect:

MSA Awards 2019: Highlights

In 2019 we wanted the MSA Awards to exceed every expectation by hosting an event unlike anything the city had seen before.

We pulled out all the stops to secure Lord Norman Foster as independent judge and worked tirelessly to unite the entire construction industry behind our expansive vision. Through our hard work we were able to raise the profile of Manchester’s architecture, deliver an inclusive, industry-wide event that reflected the true quality of our community’s work, and attract the most influential construction professionals in the area.

The event saw 1000+ attendees from across the construction sector descend upon the Albert Hall to commend, celebrate and revel in the outstanding work of our city’s finest architects.

It was an incredibly proud moment for Manchester Society of Architects to see the community come together to share their talents and champion the character of Manchester’s architectural spirit.

There were 14 unique categories on show, ranging from commercial and community to built and unbuilt, and the judge, Lord Norman Foster, was staggered by the sheer quality and creativity of all the entries.

Congratulations to all the category winners and a massive thank you to everyone who attended the event – we cannot wait for 2020!

One of the biggest property events in the UK!

See the winners here:

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