To celebrate Franke Sissons’ 230 years of design, innovation and manufacturing in Chesterfield the company has commissioned a stunning new stainless steel sculpture for the town. Working with the company’s design and engineering apprentices and the children of Parkside Community School Franke Sisssons’ invited the students to come up with concepts and designs for the project estimated to be worth in excess of £5k.

The final design was formally unveiled this month as part of Chesterfield’s Made in Chesterfield Event. The new sculpture is situated in the pocket-park donated to the town by the District Civic Society.

Managing Director, Andy Dukelow explains, “The Year 10 students at Parkside have been wonderfully creative and focused on this project. We wanted something that truly reflects the manufacturing pedigree and history of the area, our own excellence in stainless steel but that most importantly engaged with young people and inspired them.”

Year 10 student from Parkside Elle Reynolds said “This has been a really creative experience. I’ve enjoyed working in our teams to develop the different aspects of the design.”

Bayley Siddall, also year 10 said “It’s given me a real insight into what I’d like to do in the future.”

Franke Sissons, has a long track record of supporting young people in its business of manufacturing washroom and catering products from high quality stainless steel via a progressive apprenticeship programme. It also encourages youth sport in the area and supports charities locally.