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 listed buildings.
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.