Show home of the month - The Academy, Woolwich

Posted 1 July 2014

Harmonise the grandeur of the past with contemporary design, The Academy, Durkan Estates' ambitious development at the former Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, was once home to soldiers and statesmen, kings and emperors. The collection of new and restored homes is set to become one of London's landmark addresses and offers a rare opportunity to own a prestigious property in a unique and historic setting.

Durkan Estates will be releasing the fourth phase at The Academy soon. For more information go to

Here, the Durkan Estates team takes you room by room through the design of the show home.


"Pretty and practical: bathed in light, the clever use of a sofa bed allows this space to double as a study and bedroom. The choice of cream, white and teal strikes the perfect balance of relaxing warmth and crisp, clean efficiency. The room is softened by the charming pastel accents of the curtains and cushions."


"Stripes and candy colours create a young and vibrant feel in this bedroom. The statement wall and stylish chair co-ordinate perfectly to bring together this fresh look which is typical of Catherine Wilman's home environments which encompass individual style and personality."


"Cool, calm elegance are the hallmark of this sophisticated interior; the perfect choice for an officer cadet from The Royal Military Academy's heyday. The chrome accents of the lighting and tables add a modern twist and the sporting prints make a real statement."

Living and kitchen

"Timeless elegance and sleek contemporary design are in perfect harmony here. The oak floors cleverly marry the living, kitchen and dining areas of this house at The Academy, stylishly echoed by the dark furniture. The up-to-the-minute integrated stainless steel range is a focal point of the kitchen and the heart of the home. The whole look is softened by coordinating classic cream."

Entrance hall and stairs

"This entrance hall, stairs and landing certainly have the wow factor! The historic buildings at The Academy have been sensitively transformed into modern homes and interior designer Catherine Wilman highlights the features to perfection. Dark wood and cream create a cappuccino confection, white adds accents and mirrors reflect the light which floods in from windows above the front door. This timeless look is completed by sepia prints recalling centuries of military tradition at The Academy."


"Warm and welcoming, this double bedroom has the perfect blend of modern colours and furnishings with traditional twists. Purple cushions and a throw add glamour to classic bedside lamps and the gold-coloured curtain pole. Buyers will instantly feel at home at The Academy."


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