Meet the Team: iQ The Brickworks, York

York iQ life

Our York site, iQ The Brickworks, is lucky enough to be located in one of the north of England’s finest heritage cities. The home of students from both York St John University and the University of York, The Brickworks offers some excellent facilities and a homely atmosphere, with residents able to enjoy a gym, cinema, courtyard and garden.

Today, we meet the team who you’ll be getting to know if you’re heading to The Brickworks – Phoebe, Jordan, Allex, David and Ashlea.

 

Hey, it’s Phoebe!

I’m Phoebe and I’m the Operations Manager for iQ Brickworks.

What makes your iQ a special place to live?

The team make it special. We all have a passion for what we do and a pride in the site. We always want to do our best to make the site a great place to live and work.

What are your favourite places to go in York?

I love it down by the river, you can walk for ages in either direction. Walking the walls is also lovely, you get some great views and get to take in some of the city’s history.

What are you looking forward to this year? 

Welcoming all the new students. The move-in weekends are stressful but it’s so much fun and there’s a great buzz around site. 

What about your iQ are you most proud of? 

This site is my baby, I started whilst it was still being built so its lovely to see how much the site has settled. The landscaping and the trees/borders come into their own - it just adds this extra to the site. I am proud to see the journey it’s been on and that we still like to make sure it’s looking its best all the time.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie? 

Guilty pleasure is Love Island. But I also love Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty. Band wise, I honestly listen to pretty much anything, however, one of my fave bands of all time is Motley Crue.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently? 

Iceland! Honestly, one of the best places, the landscapes are beautiful. I would definitely recommend going, especially to the Blue Lagoon.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be? 

Don’t take life too seriously, don’t care what people think too much, make the most of it, have fun and do you.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I worked for Saracens Rugby Club for five years in Events before I got into property.  

 

Hey, it’s Jordan!  

Who are you and what do you do at IQ?

I’m Jordan and I am the Customer Service Advisor at The Brickworks.

What are your favourite places to go in York?

York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe. It has amazing views of the city from the top of the tower.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie? 

I enjoy watching Big Little Lies and listening to my favourite band, Sugarland.

What makes your iQ a special place to live? 

At the Brickworks we all get along and are here to support each other. 

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be? 

Enjoy these years as it is the best part of your life.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I have made stones which have been put in York Minster and I have met Prince Charles. 

 

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Hey, it’s Allex!   

I’m Allex and I’m the maintenance and cleaner at iQ The Brickworks.

What about your iQ are you most proud of? 

How we have a friendly team and we work well with our residents.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently? 

Scarborough, where me and my wife had our honeymoon.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie? 

My favourite TV show is Game of Thrones.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be? 

Enjoy every day.

 

Hey, it’s David!  

I’m Dave, I am the maintenance man at The Brickworks.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ? 

Having the students thank me for being helpful throughout the year.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you? 

A parent of a student who had friendship issues thanked me for always saying hello and taking time to talk.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie? 

My favourite TV shows are Law and Order and Platoon.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently? 

Ibiza, I go every year with my wife.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I’ve been down the deepest mine shaft in Great Britain.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be? 

Be happy, work hard, be sensible and most of all, be safe.

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Hey, it’s Ashlea!

I’m Ashlea and I am the Assistant Manager at The Brickworks.

What makes your iQ a special place to live? 

The Brickworks is in a great location on the quieter outskirts of the city centre. A short walk to the universities, supermarkets and the city centre. 

What are your favourite places to go in York?

I love the museum gardens and having a walk down by the river on a sunny day.

What are you looking forward to this year? 

Getting the site ready for the new residents and welcoming everyone at check in.

What about your iQ are you most proud of? 

How we’ve kept the building almost as good as new since it opened in 2016.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie? 

Love listening to Beyoncé, currently catching up with Line of Duty.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently? 

Albania – it’s an up-and-coming place to go on holiday.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I used to be a holiday rep in Zante.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be? 

These really are the best days of your life, enjoy them!

 

Thanks to Phoebe, Jordan, Allex, David and Ashlea for telling us all about themselves. You can find out more about The Brickworks here.

 

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