Franke Washroom Systems, aka Franke Sissons, now has a number of products BIM modelled.  Most are for hospital and janitorial use – areas where Franke Washrooms is a leading supplier. These models will be shown on the website at www.franke-sissons.co.uk  in the near future. The company is also working on modelling its solid surface Miranit range which has been very successful in commercial building applications.

Essentially the UK Government has embarked with industry on a four year programme for sector modernisation with the key objectives of reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle

The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Government’s intention to require: collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016 – making BIM modelling an essential for any supplier looking to supply products to the construction industry.  It is hoped that BIM modelling will go some way to preserve the integrity of original specification by architects and specifiers as cheaper, poorer quality products are unlikely to go to the expense involved of getting products BIM Modelled.

“We are very aware of the importance of BIM modelling to our business and our customers,” commented Andy Dukelow Managing Director of Franke Washroom Systems. “All of the products will be highlighted on our website, making it easy for customers, architects and specifiers to identify and make the choice that suits their needs.  What will be interesting for us, as early adopters, is to see whether this kind of modelling will help stamp out the last-minute, margin grabbing substitution of sub-standard products that is so rife at the moment.  If it does make it harder, then this will be a huge step forward in protecting British manufacturing”


Caption:  Hospital DUG Domestic Services Disposal Sink one of the first products BIM modelled by Franke Washroom Systems.

For additional information of products from Franke Washroom Systems, please email ws-marketing.gb@franke.com.  Follow on Twitter @FrankeSissons.




Bathroom design pioneers Crosswater will be exhibiting at this year’s May Design Series showing their latest designer collections that have hit the brassware market by storm in the past few months. All stylish ranges exhibited by the influential bathroom designer provide the ultimate solution for professional bathroom designers – high quality, fully functional brassware finished with a unique style to set the tone to truly exceptional bathrooms.

Exclusive ranges designed in-house by the leaders in bathroom design will feature on the stand located at G26 at this year’s event. The products on show will include the classic Belgravia; a traditional range with a modern edge and a popular choice by far. Accompanying this range is the high design collection Mike Pro – a sleek yet unassuming, sophisticated design perfect for specifiers and interior designers alike – available in a range of finishes and designed to meet the demands of the professional designer.

Not forgetting, brassware from the newly launched KH Zero collections by renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, who has teamed up with Crosswater to combine her signature style with their famous functionality to create the ultimate stylish collection. These exciting new additions to Hoppen’s exclusive range to Crosswater offer a choice in design for those with a stylish flair and want to feature her signature style as a centre piece to a boutique hotel or luxury home.

Dave Hance, Crosswater Group Chairman comments on his enthusiasm in one of the latest collections to Kelly Hoppen’s KH Zero range, KH Zero 3; “We know that this range will have the same strong appeal to professional designers as KH Zero 1 and KH Zero 2 – the fittings are the perfect combination of style and function, and are tailor made for luxury properties and hotels. There will be a lot to see on our stand, underlining our commitment to good design for all bathrooms.”

All brassware featured at the May Design Series will be perfectly combined with new radical basin designs from Crosswater’s sister brand Bauhaus. A collection of thin-line ceramic countertop basins with smooth, architectural lines will be showcased to compliment a choice of stylish designer basin brassware, producing the ultimate bathroom combination.

The May Design Series is a key source to the kitchens and bathrooms design community including architects and interior designers, and will be held this year at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London from Sunday 18th – Tuesday 20th May.


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Background Note to Journalist

Crosswater Holdings has been welcomed by the specialist bathroom retailer since it was established in 1998.  Excelling with a vast, exciting and innovative product range has led it to become one of the most pioneering companies in the UK with three distinctive and prevailing consumer brands: Crosswater, Simpsons and Bauhaus.


Crosswater, Simpsons and Bauhaus’ dynamic and unwavering commitment to providing creative and stylish bathroom solutions has secured its leading position within the bathroom industry since 1998 with a comprehensive portfolio ranging from simple elegance to the truly inspirational and distinctive.






A unique range of designer brassware solutions.