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06 December 2012

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Design students in ‘live’ project with top showroom

Lancashire’s brightest young designers are going ‘Bath to the Future’ thanks to an innovative live link-up with a leading luxury bathroom specialist.

The creative project, which involves second and third year BA(Hons) Interior Design students at UCLan, Preston, is the brainchild of James Hargreaves Bathrooms, who have branches across the region.

Students are invited to work on designing the bathroom of the future on two different levels - conceptual and practical – and are basing their entries around famous celebrities including Tour de France cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, businesswoman and TV personality Hilary Devey, ex-England cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and radio and TV presenter Fearne Cotton.

“It is a truly inspirational idea and we are delighted to be involved”

The two winners will receive cash prizes with the winning entry in the practical section set to be built full size in James Hargreaves Bathrooms’ flagship showroom in Burnley.

“It is a truly inspirational idea and we are delighted to be involved,” said Nigel-Bruce Simpkins, course leader BA(Hons) Interior Design at UCLan.

“There is nothing better than a ‘live’ project to get the creative juices flowing and the students are buzzing.

“We have visited the James Hargreaves Bathrooms showroom in Burnley and it is very impressive indeed.

“If the standard of entry matches the level of enthusiasm then we could see some great work. The prospect of one of the designs eventually going on show to the public is just fantastic.”

James Hargreaves Bathrooms has already allocated a special room for the winning entry and provided every competing student with a list of top suppliers from which they can select all sanitary ware, tiles, brassware and accessories.

“There is nothing better than a ‘live’ project to get the creative juices flowing and the students are buzzing”


“We see this as a chance for education and business to come together and are excited to see just what the interior designers of tomorrow will produce,” said Gordon Rothwell, managing director at James Hargreaves Bathrooms.

“The drive and desire of the students was very clear when they visited our showroom and, who knows, one of them could even end up working with us full time?”

The ‘Bath to the Future’ students have several weeks to complete their entries with a presentation evening scheduled for January 2013.