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Blenheim Palace is a piece of British history – a three-century
old World Heritage site built for General John Churchill, 1st
Duke of Malborough, that later served as the birthplace of his
most famous descendant, Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Carrying out renovation work on such a prestigious location
is a serious undertaking – and when the Palace’s owners
decided to sympathetically restore some disused buildings
for use as an office, only the finest materials were considered.
Four long, low outbuildings dating from the mid-nineteenth
century were fitted with more than 1,800 square metres of
SSQ’s Del Carmen natural slate – around 40,000 individual
slates in total.
Del Carmen impressed both the Palace’s owners and local
planning authorities to be approved for use on these Grade II
They went on to become the modern headquarters of
the very architects that designed it, Ridge Group – while
remaining perfectly in keeping with its historic surroundings.