Projects - Parkland Buildings
Ice House Restoration, Blenheim Palace
Client: Blenheim Estate
Building Period: 18th Century
Listed Status: Grade II
Funding: Natural England Higher Level Stewardship
Construction Value: £120,000
The early 18th Century Ice House located in the grounds of Blenheim Palace was in very poor condition. The masonry entrance was crumbling away and had a significant lean to it, the brick tunnel was deteriorating and the brick egg-shaped chamber had radial cracks all around.
Nick Cox Architects oversaw the restoration of the Ice House following receipt of grant funding from Natural England. The works saw the complete rebuild of the tunnel and front elevation and the stitching of the chamber to stabilise the structure. The Ice House is now an ideal habitat for bats and cave spiders.