Best Development win at WhatHouse? Awards 2016

Independent developer and contractor, Durkan has celebrated a busy 2016 with success at the WhatHouse? Awards on Friday 18 November, where The Academy in Woolwich received Silver in the Best Development category.

The Durkan team received its award on stage at the glittering event at the Grosvenor House Hotel from Lord (William) Hague, in front of an audience of 1,700 housebuilding industry figures.

Fraser Wells, Managing Director at Durkan said; “We were delighted to receive the Silver Award for Best Development. The Academy, Woolwich is a flagship development for Durkan comprising of over 300 properties including both refurbished historic and modern new build homes.”

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, said: “The Royal Military Academy is an iconic part of the heritage of Woolwich. Durkan has maximised the uniqueness of these beautiful historic buildings to transform them into quality-built, new homes worthy of this award.”

An independent judging panel for the WhatHouse? Awards said of The Academy: “This is a stylish mix of refurbished and new build homes by Durkan at The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Original buildings date back to the early part of the 19th century and were designed by James Wyatt in a castellated Tudor style with deep buff-red facing brickwork and stone dressings, the central block being inspired by The White Tower in the Tower of London with large octagonal curved corner towers jutting up above the fine terraced form of the two- and three-storey buildings”.

More information on Durkan’s award can be found on its dedicated WhatHouse? Awards page www.whathouse.com/awards/durkan/.


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