RIBA Student Mentoring
Quattro Design Architects take part in the University of the West of England RIBA Student Mentorship Scheme where we’ve previously welcomed 9 Architecture students from the university.
Our architects give students an overview of current projects explaining:
- Planning permission process
- Tendering of works
- Working drawing package
- Technical aspect of a project
- Architect’s role on site
Students are then provided with a guided tour of the site. Previously, Kier Construction discussed the phasing of works for Shire Hall, to mitigate disruption to the client’s operational needs, the enhanced specification for the external cladding, and health and safety on site. As Kier were working on one of the tallest buildings in the City of Gloucester, the process of ensuring the scaffolding was safe against high winds was included in this mentoring.
Sustainable Architecture Courses
For the University of Gloucestershire Quattro have recently taken part in a number of short videos to promote their new Architecture, Construction and Environmental courses. Our industry professionals have contributed to the content of these new courses, providing their expert insight and ensuring students are prepared for job prospecting and working life after completing their studies. Read more about Quattro’s involvement here.
Work Experience and Placements
We are committed to providing structured, informative and valuable work experience placements and sandwich placements. Our aim is to support students to gain the maximum benefit from such an opportunity and to learn more about Architecture and related roles within Construction, informing and guiding them to make successful career decisions.
At Quattro, we know that work experience can enhance the prospects of young people as well as help reduce youth unemployment and we are committed to giving opportunities, enhancing skills and preparing students for recruitment and the workplace.
You can find out more about work experience at Quattro on our Careers page, where you can also apply for a placement within the company.
Supporting Local Art
At Quattro, our commitment to social value can be seen in our support of local Arts.
In previous years, we have exhibited both The Crypt School and Churchill Academy’s talented GCSE and A Level student’s artwork at popular Gloucester Quays festivals, opening our doors to the public. Most of these students have gone on to pursue careers in Art and Design.
Our exhibition in our lobby gallery was the start of a wider display of school artwork that will emerge over the coming years, as we seek to showcase some of the incredible work we are privileged to see at the schools we work with.
Quattro regularly attend local careers fairs and student workshops where we are on hand to share our passion and expertise for Architecture and Sustainability.
We regularly support Stroud District Council in their annual Ambitions fair which covers nearly 30 major employment sectors and invites over 1,100 year 9 students (13-14-year olds) from district schools. Through workshops and group discussions, the aim is to help the students explore the excitement and challenges of working life and the relevance that their school education has in reaching their dreams.
We also support the evening careers event that follows on from this, to which all students from year 10 upwards, parents and all interested adults, are invited to browse different employment sectors.
Career Fairs and Presentations
Archway School Workshop
We regularly deliver ‘Build a House’ workshops to year 7s. This involves a Quattro case study of a current site. Archway School is one of our most successful workshops, this usually involves a case study site constructed by Aqua Construction.
Through set tasks, we help students identify hidden job roles within the construction industry. These include programming, project management, technical detailing, cost analysis, specialist trades, interior design and external landscaping. At Archway School, we were accompanied by Stroud District Council Building Control who facilitated a deeper technical insight into the Construction industry with a focus on the importance of Collaboration between all specialists.
Quattro is committed to fundraising on a regular basis for local charities.
From our Christmas raffle and jumper day, to cake sales throughout the year, we make regular contributions for the benefit of the wider community.
Charity Bike Ride
Quattro’s finest cyclists regularly take part in the annual Mendip Cycle Challenge organised by our friends at Halsall. Every year an average of 38 cyclists take part and cycle one of three routes around the hilly countryside.
Each year thousands are raised for Halsall’s chosen charity of the year, monies raised go to projects which are beyond the remit of the NHS but which have a huge impact on the lives of patients.
Every year we step up to the challenge of the annual charity fundraising Dragonboat Regatta. This takes place at Gloucester Quays and is run by the Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn. Every year the regatta is in aid of a different charity, previously this has included the James Hopkins Trust and Pied Piper Appeal, both charities providing invaluable support within the local community.
Whilst we haven’t managed to win yet (!), our Quattro Team always raise an impressive amount for this great cause and we are proud of their efforts.
Our 2019 Dragonboat Regatta