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The Academy

The Brand

Active since 1955, the YTL Corporation Berhad is an integrated infrastructure developer, with operations in Asia, Europe and Australia. The brand's key activites include utilities, property development, construction contracting and hotels & resorts.

YTL Hotels own and manage a collection of hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, and United Kingdom.



The Hotel

Occupying an enviable position in the West End of London's Bloomsbury district, The Academy consists of five Georgian townhouses,  delicately knitted together to form one luxury hotel. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, the Academy underwent a recent multi-million pound refurbishment, overseen by New York's, Alexandra Champalimaud.

Champalimaud's work has created a blend of vintage (with a nod to the lives of those who lived and worked in the area in the early 20th Century), traditional and modern - the latter of which, Airwave was delighted to assist with.


The Technology

Recommending displays from LG's hospitality TV portfolio, Airwave flat-to-wall mounted 43-inch US662H Series displays and 55-inch UR762H Series displays across the three floors of each of the five townhouses.

Each display is managed by a Otrum Mirage guestroom entertainment platform, which delivers a number of additional features to the guestroom TVs. Airwave's design technicians created a branded GUI, including: 

- TV channel line-up management

- Fully customisable information pages, with online editor

- Native TV apps 

- Commercially certified Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast was implemented on each TV, enabling guests to cast content from their portable device, to the guestroom TV - opening up the various content libraries of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, YouTube etc.