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.

 

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:

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

MSA Annual Dinner

In 2019, we welcome’d the industry’s most prominent architects and construction professionals for an evening of gourmet food, cocktails and live entertainment. You can see the image gallery from the 2019 event and reminisce the good times!

MSA Annual Dinner 2019
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A word from our President

It is my honour to take the reins from Ged Couser and become the President of our historic society.

I have been an active part of the society’s council for over 5 years and will further commit to building on Ged’s, and the wider team’s, excellent work to push the society’s position forward.

I am passionate about our profession but believe we are facing an uncertain future.

Architects are being increasingly marginalised within the wider construction industry thanks to the false perception that we are only interested in design with little concern for commerciality. And yet, I think we can all agree the world is a better place with a healthy, diverse community of architects, whom above all, are the true ambassadors of quality within the built environment.

Therefore, it is my aim for this term to strive to make our profession more relevant and further engage with other industry players. We can lead
by example and become the most forward-thinking and professional society in the country.

I don’t believe we need to reinvent our role, however, we must use our collective experience and knowledge to achieve our goal of creating 
a prosperous profession. It will be difficult but together we can help change the current perception of our profession to give architects relevance and, ultimately, influence.

 

Nick Moss

President of Manchester Architects

Co-Founder of Sixtwo Architects

n.moss@sixtwoarchitects.com