Staffordshire business partnership helps solve overcrowding in Midlands schools

Heathfields Infants School, Staffordshire.

Staffordshire companies have joined forces to provide new purpose built classrooms for schools across England. 

Fords of Blythe Bridge provide bespoke timber framed building solutions for schools needing extra teaching space. 

In a partnership with Stafford based Croft Architecture, Fords have designed and built new buildings or extensions at 15 schools and nurseries over the past 12 months. 

A surge in the number of children reaching school age is anticipated to keep the demand for new buildings high. 

The National Audit Office says one in five primary schools are already full or over capacity and predict that an extra quarter of a million places will be needed in England this autumn. 

Carl Croft, owner of Croft Architecture, said: “Demand is high for new school buildings and Fords of Blythe Bridge provide the ideal solution. 

“We work with Fords to design and build tailor made energy efficient school buildings.  We have worked with many Staffordshire schools including Moorside High School and Endon High School have also provided new school buildings across the Midlands and as far afield as Oldbury in West Midlands. 

Luke Ford of Fords of Blythe Bridge said: “Working with Croft Architecture means that we can provide a complete design and build package to suit each individual school’s needs.” 

“We have seen an increase in demand in the school and nursery sectors in recent times.” 


For media enquiries contact Nigel Howle on 0776 2043436. 

The photograph shows Heathfields Infants School, Wilnecote, Tamworth. 

Notes to Editors: 

Croft Architecture 

Based at Staffordshire Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford, Croft Architecture was set up by Carl Croft of Meir Heath in 2009. Croft Architecture has been commissioned for project both in the private and public sector 

A RIBA chartered practice, Croft Architecture has undertaken a diverse range of projects but has a foundation in the Education, Health, Care and Residential sectors. Other projects have included new Church projects, listed building work and commercial.

Services offered include Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban place making.

Carl Croft has been a Chartered RIBA Architect since 2004 and has had experience at a number of local practices before establishing Croft Architecture.

For further information on  Croft Architecture log on to

Fords of Blythe Bridge

Founded in the 1920s Fords of Blythe Bridge is one of Staffordshire’s longest established building contractors.

A family owned business, Fords place great importance on traditional values of professionalism, quality of craftsmanship, as well as a personal and friendly service.

Originally focused on construction for the agricultural sector, the company has continued to evolve and grow through its success now providing a complete end-to-end building project service to a variety of sectors.

Specialising in low-carbon timber-framed new build projects, we are also fully equipped to carry out traditional brick and mortar new builds, extensive refurbishment, conversion and renovation projects, as well as planned and responsive maintenance.

Fords of Blythe Bridge is accredited with both CHAS and Constructionline. As a result, you can be confident that you will receive the highest quality craftsmanship and service.