This exciting project involved considerate remodelling of the East Courtyard to Blenheim Palace to provide larger retail space and facilities for visitors the largest project for 200 years.

The architecture, structure and engineering services all have to be carefully designed together to satisfy the stringent requirement of English Heritage, and maintain the history and grandeur visitors have come to see. This is a challenging prospect for the engineering services, to blend existing building fabrics, structures and scale with a focus on energy reduction and efficiency.

To achieve this, the existing heating services are being replaced with new energy efficient boilers and the ventilation strategy is composed of a mixed mode scheme to recover heating energy in winter and take advantage of natural ventilation in summer via automatic opening roof windows. The new building fabric and windows are also specified to high thermal and solar values. These ideas combine carefully with the architectural scope to maintain the maximum available space for the visitor while also providing a cost effective and efficient package for the client. We’ve been involved with a hugely exciting project at Blenheim Palace, helping to remodel the East Courtyard to create a new retail space and visitor facilities.

 Won – Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2014

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  • Architect

    Nichols Brown Webber

  • Value of Project


  • Client

    Blenheim Estates Limited

  • Completion


  • Engineers

    Andrew Payne

    Managing Director

    Chris Dicks

    Associate Director

    Sam Flanagan

    Senior Mechanical Engineer

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