Where elegant living meets living history
Very few places exist that harmonise the grandeur of the past with the finest of contemporary design. The Academy is one such place. Once home to soldiers and statesmen, kings and emperors, The Academy is set to become one of Londonâ€™s truly landmark addresses. Here you can not only walk in the footsteps of history, but also write your own chapter in this beautiful story.
A sense of
Welcome to The Academy, a new landmark London address offering the rare opportunity to own a prestigious home in a truly unique and historic setting.
verlooking Woolwich Common in the Royal
Borough of Greenwich, the venerable Royal Military Academy is now being restored by Durkan Estates
to offer a collection of inspirational homes of true character, many of which will be within the original Grade II* listed buildings and will benefit from a wealth of original features. Step outside and you will find that yesterdayâ€™s quadrangles and parade grounds are being developed into charming squares and boulevards in which to stroll, meet friends and explore. The Academy is perfectly placed to enjoy the sophisticated charms of Blackheath Village, the world heritage site at
Greenwich, several parks and ancient woodlands and the O2 Arena. The nearby Woolwich Arsenal DLR station, excellent overground connections and the forthcoming Crossrail station also mean that The Academy is ideally situated for access to Canary Wharf, The City, Stratford and Londonâ€™s West End.
Homes with history and a
Sitting proudly on the eastern fringes of Woolwich Common, The Academy is one of South London’s most recognisable historic landmarks.
Grand and imposing, it played a significant role in Great Britain’s illustrious military past and was the forerunner to the world-famous Sandhurst Academy. Yesterday, it was home to the world’s young elite. Today, it offers fine contemporary living in a unique historic setting that is simply unsurpassed. At The Academy you will enjoy living history, with homes of distinction that still retain many of the original architectural features. Re-imagined with sensitivity and attention to detail to appeal to a particularly discerning clientele, The Academy provides a rare opportunity to own and enjoy a genuine piece of British history.
Leading architects and craftsmen are working closely with English Heritage to lovingly and sympathetically restore The Academyâ€™s historic buildings and their surrounds, making them suitable for 21st century living.
he Royal Military Academy was designed and built by
Now, much of that original detail both internally and
Sir James Wyatt, one of the most celebrated architects
externally is being restored with loving care by highly
of his day whose work included the Pantheon in
Oxford Street and Fonthill Abbey. The result will be a truly unique environment for living where To create the distinctive and imposing ambience of The
distinctly contemporary interiors sit side-by-side with the
Academy, he looked deep into the past to draw upon the
original façades, huge original sash windows, gothic stone
beauty and splendour of medieval gothic architecture.
carvings, exquisitely wrought ironworks and grand double
Completed towards the end of his life, it remains one of his finest,
entrance doors. A bold style statement that spans centuries,
most detailed works and has been praised as “one of the
uniting the finest of architectural traditions with the very best
most important pieces of military architecture in the country.”
of today’s luxury interior design.
Walk in the footsteps of
NAPOLEON Since it was first established by King George II in 1741 the Royal Military Academy has been home to the elite. Its quarters and quadrangles were frequented by future emperors and great statesmen, kings and generals, scientists and heroes.
he RMA was established to produce ‘good officers of
most influential scientists in history, Sir Frederick Abel and Peter
artillery and perfect engineers’ from ‘sons of military men
Barlow, who changed the face of maritime navigation.
and the more respectable classes.’ As its international
prestige and importance grew, a grand and imposing new
So, when you walk the roads, lanes and halls of The Academy,
establishment was built on Woolwich Common in 1806. Here, the
you really are walking in the footsteps of history - and heroes.
brightest and the best were trained in mathematics and engineering as well as military tactics and swordsmanship. Men who would lead nations and build empires. The young and dashing Louis Napoleon, Prince Imperial of France and heir to the Bonaparte Dynasty, trained here in the 1870s. Other equally distinguished leaders who passed through the RMA’s gates included the future Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Lord Kitchener, General Gordon of Khartoum and King Farouk of Egypt. These men were taught by some of the most illustrious tutors of their day including Michael Faraday, one of the
The birthplace of
keen eye. Precision. Staying cool under pressure. An ability to plan ahead, to see all the angles, to take your shot - and to put your opponent at a fatal disadvantage. All skills as
essential on the baize as they are on the battlefield. So it’s perhaps hardly surprising that the game of snooker was invented by a former RMA cadet who took those ideas with him and developed the game while on active service overseas. Snooker caught on like wildfire in the officer’s messes within Colonial India during the 1870s before coming back to England, where it was decidedly a game for gentlemen of the best standing and played only in the grandest clubs. Right to this day, the game retains its links with The Academy through its name. A ‘Snooker’ (a corruption of the French ‘les neux’, or ‘new ones’) was a young, inexperienced cadet in his first year here at the RMA.
The game of
GENTLEMEN What finer way to spend a lazy summer Sunday than to pull up a deckchair and watch a leisurely game of cricket on The Academy green - like centuries of gentlemen here before you?
hey still play cricket here at The Academy. It’s a grand tradition
Tennis enthusiasts have the option of joining historic Blackheath Lawn
- and another piece of history. The pitch, currently used by the
Tennis Club while the somewhat newer, and world class, sporting delights
Blackheath Cricket Club, is believed to be the oldest in the
of the 2012 Olympic site at Stratford are under half an hour away by DLR.
country. It was here in 1899, that A. E. J. Collins recorded the highest score ever witnessed in a game of cricket; 628 not out.
One of the many pleasures of being resident at The Academy is the abundance of parks and commons, including the adjacent Woolwich
If you prefer that other fine gentlemen’s game, the area is rich in
Common. However should you prefer something a little more energetic
excellent golf clubs. Blackheath Golf Club claims to be the oldest club
closer to home, The Academy has numerous communal green open
in England offering an immaculately landscaped 18 holes, while
spaces and its very own fully equipped fitness suite. This offers state of
Shooters Hill Golf Club offers a course with superb views across the
the art cardiovascular equipment as well as a dedicated free weights
North Kent countryside.
area. Whether you just need to de-stress or are following an intensive fitness regime, it’s a superb resource.
Look a little closer at Woolwich and youâ€™ll see that thereâ€™s far more than just the delightful common with its open meadowlands and famous John Nash rotunda.
oday, this is an area that’s tipped to become one of London’s next residential hot
spots, thanks to its superb transport links and close proximity to the river, Canary Wharf and London City Airport. The town is at the heart of the Thames Gateway
regeneration area and currently enjoying a multi-million pound regeneration to further enhance its leisure, commercial and retail facilities including a Tesco superstore. Among the exciting benefits will be a new Crossrail station, a heritage quarter with two museums, an attractive riverside walk and public library. Cosmopolitan and vibrant, Woolwich already enjoys a rich and thriving mix of shops and cafés based around its 600 year old market, as well as a multi-media arts theatre and a thriving arts and crafts market. Woolwich. Decidedly uncommon - and a great place to be, today and tomorrow.
Blackheath & Greenwich: distinguished
NEIGHBOURS At the Academy, youâ€™ll find yourself within easy reach of stylish Blackheath Village as well as the full beauty and majesty of Greenwich, granted Royal Borough status, and its historic stately park.
n the earliest days of The Academy, Blackheath’s wild
Just to the north lies Greenwich, another World Heritage site
Observatory and the National Maritime Museum. Greenwich
common was the notorious haunt of highwaymen while
with the magnificent 180 acre Greenwich Park as the jewel
also boasts two fine theatres and an art house cinema.
the village itself was just being established as a Georgian
in the borough’s crown. The oldest of London’s enclosed
gentlemen’s enclave. Today, it is one of London’s best-loved
Royal Parks, this grand open space offers breathtaking views
Also within easy reach from The Academy is the O2 Arena,
and most celebrated ‘Urban Villages’. Decidedly arty and chic,
across the River Thames to St Paul’s and is steeped in history;
now firmly established as London’s leading concert venue
famed for its trendy boutiques, bistros and restaurants, it’s also
King Henry VIII once had his palace here. Other attractions
and attracting top acts from the world of entertainment, and
a beautiful World Heritage site with ponds, exotic wild flowers,
include some of the oldest examples of Wren Architecture to
Westfield Stratford City with its vast array of stores, restaurants
abundant wildlife and stunning views over three counties.
be found in London, the clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Royal
and cafés, a 17 screen Vue cinema, a bowling alley and casino.
ine dining is one of life’s great pleasures - and London is a world-class
centre of culinary excellence. Whether you want to eat locally or head uptown, enjoy the intimacy of a small bistro or experience
the creations of Britain’s most famous chefs, you’re perfectly placed at The Academy to enjoy everything the capital has to offer. It’s one of London’s best-kept secrets - but at The Academy you’re close to not one but two of the capital’s favourite ‘foodie’ destinations. Both Blackheath Village and Greenwich Village offer an intriguing - and surprisingly extensive - range of bistros and restaurants. Almost always independent, often chic, sometimes eccentric but always worth exploring, the best combine intimacy with fine dining. Alternatively, why not pop across the river? Canary Wharf is close by and, in recent years, has gained a very exciting reputation for fine dining and an imaginative choice of world cuisine. Boisdale’s Oyster Bar is always a treat, while the Sri Nam offers the best in Pan-Asian dining. If you prefer Japanese cuisine, the Roka comes highly recommended. Fancy a touch of celebrity? Jamie’s Italian in Churchill Place blends fine Italian dining with that authentic Jamie Oliver touch of magic. With over 80 cafés, restaurants and bars, you’re certain to be spoiled for choice.
The finest of London’s shopping facilities all within easy reach. The phrase ‘talking shop’ originated at The Academy. Its first premises was a converted workshop and cadets would ‘talk shop’ - referring to military matters that civilians wouldn’t understand. Today at The Academy, you’ll be talking serious shopping instead - with London’s finest retail destinations all within easy reach.
hile Woolwich offers excellent everyday
Head east instead and you’ll find that Bluewater shopping
shopping facilities and Blackheath has its
and leisure centre is only 15 minutes away by car. Here
sophisticated boutiques to explore, sometimes
you’ll find over 330 shops at one of Britain’s premier retail
you’ll feel in need of some serious retail therapy - so it’s
destinations, from Apple to Zara, the House of Fraser and
fortunate that, at The Academy, London’s biggest and best
John Lewis, as well as a host of exciting leisure
shopping destinations are only a short journey away.
opportunities and an extensive selection of eateries.
Westfield Stratford City, one of Europe’s newest shopping
Of course, if you feel like availing yourself of the bright
destinations, is under half an hour away from Woolwich
lights and famous stores of Oxford Street or the
Arsenal Station on the DLR, and offers an enticing
sophisticated boutiques of neighbouring Bond Street,
collection of over 250 stores, featuring many of the biggest
London’s West End is currently less than 40 minutes
designer names including Armani, Hugo Boss, Jaegar,
away by train - while Crossrail will shortly bring an even
Prada, Mulberry, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein - as well
faster and direct service straight into the retail heart of
as large branches of Marks & Spencer and Waitrose and
over 70 places to eat and drink.
Where you need great transport connections to get to work fast - or you just want to enjoy Londonâ€™s world class theatres, parks, galleries and museums, restaurants, nightclubs and shops at your leisure, youâ€™ll find The Academy is exceptionally well connected.
CONNECTIONS DLR From Woolwich Arsenal DLR (approximately a mile away): you can reach London City Airport in 5 minutes, Stratford International in 26 minutes and Bank in just 28 minutes.
Crossrail Woolwich will have its own station on the new Crossrail route, reducing travel times to the West End and London Heathrow Airport. The service is scheduled to commence in 2018.
Tube By using a combination of DLR and Tube services, itâ€™s possible to reach Canary Wharf in 17 minutes, Liverpool street Station in 35 minutes or Oxford Circus in under 40 minutes.
Bus Regular bus services from Woolwich provide useful links to both Blackheath and Greenwich, as well as Londonâ€™s West End and even out to the Bluewater Shopping Centre.
Road Connected to the capital and national road network via the A205 (South Circular) and the A206 (Dartford M25 spine road). The nearby A2 connects with the M25 at Junction 2 and Blackwall Tunnel connects to the A12.
Mainline Rail Services You can connect with mainline rail at Woolwich Arsenal station, with services to Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge taking typically less than half an hour.
River Clipper Royal Arsenal Woolwich Pier
15 minutes to Greenwich Pier, under 30 minutes to Canary Wharf, 36 minutes to Tower Millennium Pier, 44 minutes to Bankside and 53 minutes to Embankment Pier.
Woolwich Ferry The Woolwich Ferry offers a free rivercrossing service for both cars and those on foot, linking the two sides of the river and the North/ South Circular Roads.
Travel times are approximate only and taken from www.tfl.gov.uk and Google. All times shown are by fastest route/service. All services are subject to change.
Air Nearby London City Airport is 5 minutes away on the DLR. London Heathrow can be accessed via the Tube and DLR and London Gatwick in 54 minutes via DLR, Tube and National Rail.
UNIQUE to call home
tep into your new home at The Academy and youâ€™ll find yourself
enjoying beautiful, luxurious interiors the original cadets could never have imagined. From stylish Roca white sanitaryware in
the bathroom to contemporary kitchens with quartz stone worktops, everything has been meticulously planned to the highest specification. Expanses of timber flooring retain the English tradition of fine construction, while immaculately restored original features complement the best of todayâ€™s contemporary fixtures and fittings. Uniquely stylish, unforgettably historic, your place at The Academy is somewhere very special to call home.
art of the Durkan Group, a construction, investment,
BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE
housing and development company, Durkan Estates
The restoration of the historic Royal Military Academy site is one
enjoys an excellent and longstanding reputation not just
of Durkan’s most important and prestigious projects, and plays a
for quality new build homes throughout London but also for
key role in the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s vision of
prestigious landmark refurbishment and regeneration projects
regeneration. The company is proud to be working in close
which continue to set new standards as architectural projects of
consultation with English Heritage to ensure this splendid and
genuine significance. As a result, the company has received
imposing piece of British history is sympathetically preserved, while
numerous awards for its commitment and attention to detail,
developing quality homes of unique character to the benefit of the
including the Express British Housebuilder of The Year Award.
borough. Durkan has also worked closely with the local community, receiving the Employer of the Year Award from
Award winning projects include the Waterford House project in
Greenwich Local Labour and Business (GLLaB). The award is in
West Drayton, where one and two bedroom apartments were
recognition of the exceptional commitment to employing local
sympathetically appointed on the site of the West Drayton
labour in the borough of Greenwich. The company has also
Watermill recorded in the Domesday Book. At The Cedars in
mentored students at the Shooters Hill Post 16 College, situated
Blackheath, Durkan’s restoration and extension of a Grade II
near The Academy, who are hoping to start a career in construction.
Listed mansion to provide ten superior quality apartments won
As a result of this initiative Durkan received recognition at the
the Best New Conversion category in the Evening Standard New
Education Business Partnership Awards for ‘Services to Education’.
Homes Awards. A QUALITY SERVICE Durkan is proud to be at the forefront of environmentally friendly
Durkan Estates enjoys an unrivalled reputation for the quality of its
practices at every stage of its developments through its
after sales service and is committed to delivering to you the same
ThinkGreen commitment, and takes equal pride in its full and
exceptional standards that they bring to planning, design and
trusted involvement and partnership with the communities in
construction activities. The Customer Charter sets out the
which it works through preferred practices including favouring
commitment to provide all customers with the highest level of service
local employment and apprenticeships and local procurement.
and information during the purchase of a new home and beyond.
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