The Cowyards, Blenheim Palace, Del Carmen Blue-Black

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Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Architect: Ridge, Woodstock
Slate Used: SSQ First Del Carmen® Blue-black roofing slate (500mm x 250mm)

Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage site. Built for the 1st Duke of Marlborough between 1705 and 1722, it was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough.

The project involved sympathetically restoring the disused farm buildings – four long, low, sheds – originally built during the mid-19th century, converting them into a modern office complex surrounding two courtyards. The new, 17,000 sq ft office complex would then become the head office for the Oxford-based Ridge Group – the project’s architect.

As much as possible of the original structure had to be retained and, as a Grade II listed building on a World Heritage site, only the finest quality slate could be used – in this case, SSQ First Del Carmen® Blue-black roofing slate.

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