Aztec Think 'Outside The Box' To Achieve Cost Effective Extension

A Merseyside Academy has continued its reputation for being outstanding through an innovative solution to gaining more space for pupils!

Upton Hall School, Wirral was struggling to accommodate its growing student numbers, especially at lunchtime. Its solution was to use expertise from CRS and Aztec Conservatory Roof Systems to cost-effectively turn under-used outside space into a practical dining area for 120 pupils.

CRS’ solution was to engineer a 12m x 5m double Edwardian conservatory-style roof, from Aztec Conservatory Roof Systems’ portfolio, to enclose the area and create a weathertight, dry, light and airy environment that still compliments the school building architecture.

Tim Franks, CRS managing director, explained, “Upton Hall is a very popular Academy, rated ‘outstanding’ by OFTSED. To build a dining room using traditional brick and block methods would have cost the school significantly more than using a conservatory, and still would not have delivered the bright and cheerful ambience achieved by its alternative approach. It is an outstanding example of lateral thinking!

“The Aztec roof system was ideal for the job: it is the only one on the market capable of so easily spanning that big an area without major additional structural support. The school is delighted!”

Aztec Conservatory Roof Systems ( is one of the UK’s leading companies in its sector. The innovative design of its roof system means it is capable of quickly and easily spanning larger than average areas with no additional structural support. As a result, it can deliver a cost-effective solution to obtaining additional, useable internal space, with significantly less disruption than conventional build techniques.

The company has a national network of fabricators, ensuring schools, restaurants and leisure venues can capitalise on the benefits of its roof system.