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Phased-opening of Tai Kwun to mark a major milestone for heritage revitalisation in Hong Kong 10 May 2018, Thursday

Online booking available from 10 May for late-May visits

The last week of May will see a major milestone for heritage and arts in Hong Kong. The revitalised Central Police Station compound, the largest heritage project in Hong Kong, will open its doors to the public as Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Involving the conservation and revitalisation of 16 heritage buildings, and the development of two new buildings to provide space for art exhibitions and performances, this large-scale heritage and arts project has been led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

Reflecting on the achievement, the Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said: “We have preserved one of Hong Kong’s largest and most important heritage sites, and created a valuable asset for our community. In doing so we have gained valuable experience which will benefit other heritage projects in Hong Kong.”

Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges noted that when the Central Police Station compound closed in 2006, the Government decided that this prime location in the heart of Central should be preserved as a public space for the benefit of all. The Club shared the government’s view and was keen to give its support: arts, culture and heritage being a key area of strategic focus for the Club’s charitable donations.

To achieve this objective, the Club was determined to adhere to the highest standards, even if this involved significant additional investment.

International experts were engaged, supported by Hong Kong professionals. The lead designer, Herzog & de Meuron, had previously worked on Tate Modern in London, while Purcell, the heritage architect, had worked on St Paul’s Cathedral in London. 

Restoration plans were developed for each of the 16 heritage buildings, all of which were found to be in a much poorer state of repair than originally anticipated. Work was carried out with the utmost care, building-by-building, room-by room. Where possible, the original materials were restored and reinstated. Where not, replacements were fabricated that were as close to the originals as possible.

Two new buildings - JC Contemporary and JC Cube – were conceived to house an art gallery and performance space respectively. They were carefully designed to reflect the existing fabric of the site while also being distinctive, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

 “To accomplish the vision, to adhere to the principles of best practice, and to ensure world-class quality, our Board of Stewards was willing to commit a significant investment. To date we have invested HK$3.8 billion. We believe it is a worthwhile investment considering the value this asset will bring to our community for decades to come.

 “Now, with the platform in place we are preparing for the next stage of the project – the opening of Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts. This will focus on the three pillars of heritage, contemporary art and performing arts. In support of its programming and operations, the Club has earmarked significant funds over the next two years,” said Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges.

 

Rich programme of tours, exhibitions and performances  

Looking forward to the opening of Tai Kwun, Leong Cheung Executive Director, Charities and Community at the Club explained there would be a wide choice of offerings, including heritage tours, art tours, performances and exhibitions.

“Tai Kwun will offer a wide range of heritage and arts activities and programmes aimed at enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong. Tai Kwun perfectly embodies the Club’s values of serving the community and continuous development as well as our commitment to upholding the highest standards,” said Leong Cheung.

Visitors can learn about the historic site and its relationship with its neighbourhood at the “100 Faces of Tai Kwun” multi-media exhibition, which features anecdotes shared via videos, radio drama and audio-visual interactive devices. There will also be guided tours and exhibitions throughout the compound,  telling the stories of the site and the people who have lived or worked there.

A strong cast of exciting local and international artists will headline the two opening contemporary art exhibitions. Both shows are inspired by the rich heritage that underpins the site and the surrounding Central district. Taking centre stage is a debut exhibition by emerging artist Wing Po So, who was raised in the area that is now known as SOHO. She delves into Chinese medicine, pharmacology and science in her artworks to engage in an archaeological exploration of materiality and history in Hong Kong. Featuring an international mix of artists, including ten from Hong Kong, the group show “Dismantling the Scaffold” is inspired by the history of the site and the sense of a new beginning.

There will also be a wide range of performances throughout Tai Kwun, including acapella singing, an air puppet show, circus acts, lunch-time concerts and film screenings.

“With the aim of nurturing local talent, Tai Kwun will create a platform for interactions between local, regional and international artists. Programming in the three fields of heritage, contemporary art and performing arts will be complemented by education and engagement programmes. All of this will contribute to a culturally vibrant Hong Kong and help enrich the quality of life of Hong Kong people,” said Timothy Calnin, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun.

 

Opening arrangements

An opening ceremony for Tai Kwun will take place on 25 May 2018, to be followed by community days and organised visits for a limited number of visitors over the following two days. This will give Tai Kwun an opportunity to fine-tune its operation, a process which will continue through the first weeks of opening.

“During the initial opening period, we will implement access management measures to keep the number of visitors at an optimal level to facilitate a smooth visitor experience for all,” said Calnin.

Beginning 10 May 2018, online booking will be accepted for the Tai Kwun Pass, which will provide access to the site from 29 May 2018 onwards.  Booking details will be available on the official website, http://taikwun.hk.  Pass-holders will be guaranteed entry to Tai Kwun.  Walk-in visitors will be welcome later in June. 

The first phase of opening includes 11 heritage buildings, the new art galleries and auditorium, and the Parade Ground and Prison Yard. The first 11 heritage buildings to open are: the Police Headquarters Block (Block 1), Barrack Block (Block 3), Ablutions Block (Block 8), Superintendent’s House (Block 10), Bauhinia House (Block 19), and Halls A to F (Blocks 11-15, 17). 

Details of the opening programmes and services for visitors can be found at http://taikwun.hk.

 

About Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts   

“Arts, culture and heritage” is one of The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s strategic areas of charitable contribution. The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is the largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project undertaken by the Club and has been carried out in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR. 

The CPS compound comprises16 historic buildings, including three declared monuments (Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison), on a 13,600-square-metre site in the heart of Central. An international-grade art gallery and an auditorium have been added to contribute to the adaptive reuse of the site.

In addition to undertaking the CPS Revitalisation Project, the Club’s Charities Trust has set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited to manage and operate the site as Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts.      

Tai Kwun is the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding CPS compound. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the site.

 

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Central Police Station compound prepares for phased opening after receiving statutory permits and certificates 19 Apr 2018, Thursday

Largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project in Hong Kong to open as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts

 

The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is moving ahead with preparations for the opening of the CPS site, in three phases beginning in mid-2018. The site will be operated as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, named after the local colloquial name for the historic compound.

Statutory permits and certificates have been obtained for the project following the completion of inspections of 15 historic buildings, the new art gallery and auditorium buildings and associated structures in the CPS compound. Conservation, restoration and construction works have been certified by the authorities as having been carried out according to the approved building plans, and meeting the buildings, antiquities protection and public safety requirements.

The opening of the compound will take place in phases. Interior fitting out works are being carried out in 11 historic buildings, namely, the Police Headquarters Block (Block 1), Barrack Block (Block 3), Ablutions Block (Block 8), Superintendent’s House (Block 10), Bauhinia House (Block 19), and Halls A to F (Block 11-15, 17). These buildings, together with the new art galleries and new auditorium, and the outdoor spaces of the Parade Ground and the Prison Yard, will be opened in mid-2018. Interior works are ongoing in four other buildings, namely the Armoury (Block 2), Married Sergeants’ Quarters (Block 6), Single Inspectors’ Quarters (Block 7) and Central Magistracy (Block 9) and these buildings are targeted for opening later in 2018. A recovery plan is being formulated for the Married Inspectors’ Quarters (Block 4) which collapsed partially in 2016. Further details of the works to be carried out on Block 4 and its opening arrangement will be announced later.

The revitalisation project is led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club) in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR. Since the project involves restoring many old buildings in poor condition and building new ones at a technically challenging site, the Club has worked closely with the government authorities, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders. This has ensured the compound is fit for adaptive reuse after conservation and revitalisation.

Comprising a cluster of three declared monuments with a total of 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces on the 13,600-square-metre site in the heart of Central, the project is by far the largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project in Hong Kong and the largest such project undertaken by the Club.

“We are delighted to have completed the majority of works and received statutory permits and certificates for most of the facilities. Building on this important milestone, we shall continue to give our best to explore the next phases in the Tai Kwun journey,” Leong Cheung, the Club’s Executive Director, Charities and Community, said. “True to the Club’s spirit of pursuing world-class excellence, the revitalisation works have been carried out meticulously. We look forward to reinvigorating the heritage site by offering a vibrant heritage, arts and lifestyle experiences to promote cultural appreciation, exploration and learning, talent development, and most importantly, open up a once closed-off part of Hong Kong and transforming it into an alluring new space for the neighbourhood and indeed everyone to enjoy.”

“In the coming weeks, we shall continue to dedicate all our efforts to the final preparations for Tai Kwun’s opening. These include completion of interior fit-outs, the installation, testing and trial runs of a full range of facilities, systems and equipment, staff recruitment and training, as well as putting the final touches on the opening programmes and activities,” Timothy Calnin, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun said.

A series of tests of the facilities have begun, with more trial runs planned for the next few weeks. An opening ceremony is planned for 25 May 2018, which will be followed by community days and visits, initially for a limited number of visitors. This will give Tai Kwun an opportunity to fine-tune its operation before the site is fully open. Details of the opening and visit arrangements, programmes and services for visitors will be announced in due course.

 

About Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts   
“Arts, culture and heritage” is one of the strategic areas of charitable contributions of The Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club). The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is the largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project undertaken by the Club, in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR.

The CPS compound comprises three declared monuments of the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, with 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces on a 13,600-square-metre site in the heart of Central. An international-grade art gallery and an auditorium have been added to contribute to the adaptive reuse of the whole site.

HKJC undertakes the CPS Revitalisation Project to conserve and revitalise the CPS compound and through its Charities Trust, set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited to manage and operate the site as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Tai Kwun is the local colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding CPS compound. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited for the project as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.

 

Indicative schedule of Tai Kwun phased opening:

Mid-2018 Later in 2018 (targeted) Recovery Proposal Being Formulated
01 - Block 1 – Police Headquarters Block             02 - Block 2 – Armoury 04 - Block 4 – Married Inspectors’ Quarters       
03 - Block 3 – Barrack Block 06 - Block 6 – Married Sergeants’ Quarters           
08 - Block 8 – Ablutions Block 07 - Block 7 – Single Inspector’s Quarters  
10 - Block 10 – Superintendent’s House 09 -  Block 9 – Central Magistracy  
11 Block 11 – A Hall    
12 - Block 12 – B Hall    
13 - Block 13 – C Hall    
14 - Block 14 – D Hall    
15 - Block 15 – E Hall    
17 - Block 17 – F Hall    
19 - Block 19 – Bauhinia House    
PG - Parade Ground    
PY - Prison Yard    
20 – Art galleries    
21 - Auditorium    

 

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The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation project has received the necessary statutory permits and certificates for the project. Interior fit-outs are now underway, with phased opening expected to commence mid-2018. HKJC undertakes the CPS Revitalisation Project to conserve and revitalise the CPS compound and through its Charities Trust, set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited to manage and operate the site as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts.

[Photo Caption 2]

Comprising three declared monuments, the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, the CPS compound has a total of 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces, with a new art gallery building and an auditorium building added to it.


New Director to head Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art 17 Mar 2017, Friday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced today (17 March) that experienced arts professional Mr Timothy Calnin has been appointed as Director of CPS of The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS), trading as Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art, to succeed Euan Upston who has decided not to renew his contract upon its expiry in mid-2017.

Mr Calnin will report for duty in mid-April 2017 as Director of CPS (Designate) to oversee and lead the management and operations of Tai Kwun at the Central Police Station compound. Mr Upston will remain in office until the end of his contract after which time he will continue to advise on the project.

The Club’s Executive Director, Charities and Community, Leong Cheung said, “I would like to thank Euan for his contributions to this significant heritage conservation project. Euan has provided essential operational input to help define key features of the site’s facilities and played a key role in engaging stakeholders. He has built up an effective team to plan heritage and art programmes and prepare site readiness, including providing on-the-job training for staff at all levels. Euan is a valued team leader, and I regret but respect his decision.”

“I would also like to welcome Timothy who will lead Tai Kwun as it enters its operational phase. Timothy brings to Tai Kwun three decades of arts management experience, including general management and operation of arts organisations in various parts of the world, encompassing planning, programming, education and professional development, and community and stakeholder engagement. Timothy has an in-depth understanding of arts operations at heritage sites, most notably at the Sydney Opera House, which is a World Heritage Site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and in planning for a new home for the Australia Chamber Orchestra at the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, a heritage site. Timothy is no stranger to Hong Kong, having worked here for six years as artistic consultant then chief executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. With a solid cultural management background and an understanding of Hong Kong, Timothy can help build Tai Kwun into a leading cultural destination with integrated offerings for all to enjoy,” Mr Cheung said.

Mr Upston said, “The last three years have been an amazing journey and an important chapter in my career. It has been an honour to be a part of this great project and I am sure, under the capable leadership of Timothy, Tai Kwun will thrive and become a much-loved cultural destination.”

Mr Calnin said, “I am deeply honoured and proud to take up this exciting challenge at this important moment in the evolution of Tai Kwun. The Central Police Station compound is a remarkable jewel in the heart of Hong Kong, which is poised to assume a tremendously significant role in the cultural life of a city which I love. I salute Euan for his leadership in establishing the team which will bring this extraordinary concept to the public and I look forward to building close partnerships with the JCCPS Board, the team, stakeholders and the community to ensure that Tai Kwun realises its full and inspiring potential.”
 

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art

Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Third batch of operators announced for Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 17 May 2016, Tuesday

Tai Kwun announced today the appointment of three operators that will provide food and beverage services in the Central Police Station compound after completion of revitalisation works.

Lock Cha Tea House Limited will serve Chinese tea bought directly from tea farmers and vegetarian dim-sum. The 150 square-metre tea house, to be called LockCha Te’atelier, will be located on the ground floor of the Headquarters Block, facing the Parade Ground. The company currently operates teahouses at local heritage sites, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in Hong Kong Park and Jao Tsung-I Academy.

Long Chim (Hong Kong) Limited will operate a casual dining restaurant serving Thai street fare under the direction of David Thompson, a leading authority on Thai cuisine. The restaurant, to be called Long Chim which means “to come and taste”, will occupy 450 square metres of space at the Armoury building facing the Parade Ground.

Cornhill Limited of the Aqua Restaurant Group will take up residence on the first floor of the heritage Headquarters Block, in the former home of the police officers’ mess. The 920 square-metre space will operate as two linked ‘sister’ restaurants showcasing the Western and Eastern faces of classic Hong Kong.

In tune with Tai Kwun’s requirement for operators to support leisure activities at the compound, Lock Cha Tea House Limited will hold tea appreciation classes, demonstration workshops, Chinese music tea concerts and other cultural activities at the premises. Long Chim (Hong Kong) Limited and Cornhill Limited are also developing plans for cultural programmes aimed at enriching visitors’ experience.

“We have to date appointed eight food and beverage operators, vindicating our aim to bring in operators to offer diverse cuisine types at a broad price range to service visitors and support the maintenance of the revitalised compound,” said Mr. Euan Upston, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun.

In the last few months, Tai Kwun has announced the appointment of operators, including a social enterprise café, a noodle shop, an integrated cultural and leisure operator at the magistracy building, a French café and a small bar restaurant. In addition, the police will also set up a police service centre at the Headquarters Block. More operators will be announced in 2016.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art
Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Tai Kwun announced the formation of Advisory Committee 3 May 2016, Tuesday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS), trading as Tai Kwun, today announced the formation of an Advisory Committee to advise the Board of Directors on the operation and management of the revitalised Central Police Station site.

The Advisory Committee has the mandate to advise the Board on the overall strategic direction relating to the operation and management of the site, the overall strategies relating to public relations and engagement of stakeholders, and objective and suitable performance indicators.

The Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan, non-official Member of the Executive Council, has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee. The Hon Chan is currently Chairman of Tai Kwun’s Art Working Group and served as the chairman of a committee tasked with selecting an integrated heritage and art operator for the site in 2013-2014. 

Members of the Advisory Committee include individuals from the heritage, arts, community and education, and business sectors and members of the Central and Western District Council, and were appointed to represent views of the wider public.

The Commissioner for Heritage of the HKSAR Government, a senior management representative of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and a senior management representative of Tai Kwun will sit on the Advisory Committee as ex-officio members. 

The full list of the members and their background information is available as an appendix to this press release. 

Meanwhile, to prepare for site opening, two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and the Art Working Group, will continue to assist the Tai Kwun management in formulating programming policies, provide comments and suggestions on the proposed programmes, and provide expert advice on the content of the heritage programmes and art programmes respectively.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art

Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit company set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Police to return to former headquarters a decade after its decommissioning Tai Kwun announces appointment of more operators to Central Police Station compound 2 Feb 2016, Tuesday

A police service centre will be established at the Headquarters Block of the former Central Police Station compound, becoming the first operation to serve the public at the revitalised heritage site.

With approximately 100 square metres of space, the police service centre will have 24-hour access for the public from Hollywood Road. The neo-Classical style Headquarters Block was one of the most imposing buildings in the Central Police Station compound. Built in 1919, it was used for a variety of purposes until the phased decommissioning of the compound between 2005 and 2006.

“For more than one and a half century, the Central Police Station compound had been a bulwark for law and order until it was decommissioned and revitalised for adaptive reuse. It is our pleasure to welcome back the police to the compound and see that law enforcement will continue to play a part in the new chapter of the site history,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun, the not-for-profit company tasked with transforming the heritage site into a centre for heritage and art.

With due considerations given to operational efficiency, the interior of the police service centre is designed to have elements that will be reminiscent of the police reporting rooms of the old days. The police service centre is expected to become operational in the summer of 2016, several months ahead of the completion of fitting out works of other operators, scheduled for late 2016.

Following the announcement of the appointment of the first batch of operators in December 2015, Tai Kwun has appointed more operators to help enliven the site. French Creations Limited will operate a Parisian style café on the ground floor of the Headquarters Block, facing the Parade Ground. The café will have indoor and outdoor areas of approximately 150 square metres, and will be named Café Claudel, after Paul Claudel (1868-1955) the famous French poet, playwright and diplomat. Some of Paul Claudel’s works were influenced by Hong Kong, as can be seen in Le partage de midi (Break at Noon) in which a scene takes place in a cemetery in Happy Valley, and the foreword of the 1927 edition of the anthology Connaissance de l’Est (The East I Know) contains a poem entitled Hong Kong.

With a view to contributing to cultural activities at the compound, French Creations Limited has plans to host cultural events at the café and make regular donations, based on business sales, to local charities including those supporting underprivileged children and children education development.

New Era Worldwide Limited will operate a bar restaurant, tentatively called BRU Beer & Bite with approximately 180 square metres of indoor and outdoor spaces, on the ground floor of the Married Sergeants’ Quarters. The building is situated near the junction of Hollywood Road, Wyndham Street and Arbuthnot Road, an area well known for retail and commercial operations.

The operational concepts of these operations are subject to approvals of the authorities and licensing conditions.

Meanwhile, Tai Kwun is requesting for proposals from parties interested in operating retail outlets, and in operating a restaurant, a lounge as well as catering services. For details, visit this link: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/opportunities/tenants/.

Altogether the leisure operators will take up no more than 27% of the construction floor area of 27,900 square metres, and the other floor areas will be used for cultural activities, public circulation and buildings facilities.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art

Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Tai Kwun announces the first batch of leisure service operators 8 Dec 2015, Tuesday

Following the formation of programming teams to plan heritage interpretation and art activities, Tai Kwun, the operator of the revitalised Central Police Station compound, today announced the appointment of the first batch of leisure service operators. These operators will provide services to visitors and enrich visitors’ experience, as well as provide income to help sustain the operations and maintenance of the site.

“Tai Kwun aims to transform the once closed compound into a centre for heritage and art for all to enjoy, and a key aspect of openness is to bring in operators offering diverse services at a broad price range to cater for the different needs of the visitors,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS.

“To support the integration of heritage, art and leisure elements, these outlets will be located at various parts of the site, providing service points for the visitors along heritage interpretation routes and between art and culture venues in the compound,” Mr. Upston said.

“Leisure service operators will be encouraged to design their offerings so as to be compatible with the character of the compound, and to hold cultural activities to support Tai Kwun’s programmes at the site,” he added.

Lifestyle Investments has been appointed to provide integrated cultural and leisure services at the Central Magistracy building under the name “The Magistracy”. It will showcase a combination of dedicated art functions, such as art galleries and art workshops with free entry, alongside food and beverage outlets, lifestyle components and retail shops in 2,100 square metres of space. Proceeds from the retail shops will go to support art development in Hong Kong via the Sovereign Art Foundation. (A court room and the connecting holding cell in the building, with a combined area of approximately 200 square metres, will be used by the Tai Kwun heritage programme team for heritage interpretation programmes.)

David Sarner, the CEO of Lifestyle Investments said, “We are honoured and excited to have the unique opportunity of participating in revitalising such an important symbol of Hong Kong history and contributing to the development of contemporary art and conservation of heritage in Hong Kong.”

“Not only is the iconic Neo-Classical building a symbol of Hong Kong judicial history, but it is also physically configured in such a way that allows an opportunity to activate the magnificent maze of court rooms, magistrates’ chambers and holding cells into a dynamic and vibrant integrated outlet, a destination within a destination,” Mr. Sarner said.

“We are fully committed to using our experience in managing commercial operations in heritage buildings in the United States, Australia, Thailand and Myanmar to conserve the Central Magistracy and bring it to life again,” he added.

Hong Chi Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families, will operate a food and beverage social enterprise called FT2, which stands for “farm to table”. The outlet will serve fresh farm food and provide a platform to show the artistic talents of the people with intellectual disabilities.

The food and beverage outlet will occupy approximately 200 square metres of ground floor space in D Hall of the Victoria Prison, the oldest dateable building in the compound. The space will be adjacent to six prison cells which will be preserved for heritage interpretation and exhibitions, and will have open access to the adjoining Prison Yard.

“In line with our vision, FT2 will provide eight employment and training opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities,” Aldan Kwok, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association said.

“Hong Chi has had the privilege of providing food services to Hong Kong, some of which are operated in heritage buildings such as the Pinehill Village in the New Territories. We highly value the opportunity to help revitalise D Hall. On top of food and beverage services, we shall organise cultural workshops and art exhibitions at the premises,” Mr. Kwok said.

Menya Musashi has been appointed to operate an approximately 130 square-metre noodle shop on the ground floor of the Superintendent’s House and C Hall, two connected prison buildings bordering the police complex and the Central Magistracy.

“With minimalist decoration compatible with the environment, we shall offer affordable, value for money food and drinks for visitors looking for a short break during their exploration of various parts of the site,” Frederick Che, Marketing Director of Menya Musashi said.

The operational concepts of these operations are subject to approvals of the authorities and licensing conditions.

Selection of operators for another approximately 11 food and beverage outlets are close to completion and will be announced in batches in 2016. A request for proposals exercise for retail operators is also underway.

Altogether the commercial operations will take up no more than 27% of the construction floor area of 27,900 square metres, and the other floor areas will be used for cultural activities, public circulation and buildings facilities.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art
Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Open call for an art exhibition and request for retail proposals at revitalised heritage site 6 Nov 2015, Friday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited will operate as Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator of the Central Police Station revitalisation project, today announced that it is inviting proposals from arts groups and organisations for a Hong Kong contemporary art exhibition at its galleries in 2017.

The exhibition should occupy a floor area no less than 300 square metres and no more than 1,300 square metres and take place at the Old Bailey Galleries, an international standard art space formed by a new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron and the adjoining historic prison building, F Hall. The exhibition may include additional screenings, talks and performances that may be held at the 200-seat Arbuthnot Auditorium and open spaces in the compound.

“Inclusiveness is a principle that underpins our operations and the art programmes will be based on institutional collaborations,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS. There will be six to eight curated art exhibitions and public programmes at the compound every year that will see the collaborative participation of the art communities.

“Participation in the Hong Kong contemporary art exhibition will be a unique opportunity to showcase Hong Kong art and breathe new life to the heritage site after revitalisation works are completed in 2016,” Mr. Upston said.

Local and overseas art groups and organisations are welcome to submit their proposals on or before 3 January 2016.

Meanwhile, in addition to a process to invite food and beverage operators, the Company is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for operating the retail outlets in the compound. Retail shops and food and beverage outlets are integral parts of the project to provide income to help sustain the operation of the heritage site and enrich visitor experience.

Detailed information about the open call for art exhibition proposals can be found on the new website of the revitalisation project:http://www.taikwun.hk/en/art/programme/. Information about the request for proposals for shop operators can be found on http://www.taikwun.hk/en/opportunities/tenants/.

JCCPS to operate as Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
“Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. As a reminder of the historical importance of the Central Police Station compound, we have adopted Tai Kwun as the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, a not-for-profit company set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised compound. Our programmes, activities and even our website will be communicated under the name of Tai Kwun in future,” Mr. Upston said.

The trading name was chosen after consultations with the Company’s two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and Art Working Group, as well as other stakeholders.

More information about Tai Kwun and its adaptation as the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited can be found on the new website: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/tai-kwun/about/

Plans for other Tai Kwun art programmes, heritage programmes and education programmes are being developed and will be announced next year.


Operator for Food & Beverage and Catering Services Invited for Heritage Revitalisation Project 3 Jul 2015, Friday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) today announced an Expression of Interests (EOI) exercise for parties interested in operating two food and beverage (F&B) outlets and catering services at the Central Police Station (CPS) compound.

The operator is required to operate two outlets, tentatively named The Old Bailey Restaurant and the Arbuthnot Lounge, to provide F&B support for the Old Bailey galleries and the Arbuthnot Auditorium respectively, as well as catering services at CPS.

Scheduled to close on 7 August 2015, the EOI will allow JCCPS to understand the level of market interest before the launch of a formal Request for Proposals (RFP). Information about the EOI can be found on the project web site: http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/invitation/main.asp.

This is a second invitation for F&B operations at the compound. Selection of the first batch of F&B operators is in good progress. These operators are expected to provide a diverse range of services that cater for a broad segment of visitors and that are compatible with the unique character of the site.

Commercial operations at the compound, including F&B outlets and retail shops, will take up not more than 27% of the total construction floor areas at the site. They are an integral part of the project plan to provide services to the visitors and provide income to help sustain the operation of the heritage site.

The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership of the Government and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (The Trust). The JCCPS is a not-for-profit company formed by The Trust to lead the revitalisation of the CPS compound, transforming it into a culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements will be creatively integrated for all to enjoy.


Senior staff and advisors appointed for heritage project 17 Apr 2015, Friday

Following the announcement on the operating model for the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project in February 2015, The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) today announced the appointments of senior staff to lead the development and implementation of site-wide heritage and art programmes.

Ms Winnie Yeung Wing-yin has been appointed Head of Heritage to lead a dedicated team to devise and implement heritage programmes and in-house activities, beginning in late April 2015. She was the heritage manager for Tai O Heritage Hotel and participated in other heritage projects in Hong Kong and Singapore. She specialises in heritage interpretation, education and community engagement. Ms Yeung is a trained architectural conservationist with a Masters’ Degree from the Architectural Conservation Programme at The University of Hong Kong.

Mr Tobias Berger has been appointed Head of Arts to lead a professional team to drive contemporary art operation with the participation of art groups under the collaborative model, effective in May 2015. Mr Berger has extensive curatorial experience in Hong Kong, having worked as the curator for Visual Arts at M+, Museum for Visual Culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District for more than four years and as executive director and curator of Para/Site Art Space for over three years. He has also curated or co-curated nearly 100 art events for art museums, art spaces and art biennials in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, Oceania and Europe. Mr Berger holds a Master of Art degree in art history and economics from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany and completed the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

To prepare for the opening of the CPS site, two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and the Art Working Group have been set up. The working groups will assist JCCPS in the development of policy, provide comments and suggestions on proposed programmes, and provide expert advice on the content of the heritage programmes and art programmes respectively. The Heritage Working Group is chaired by Dr Lee Ho-yin and the Art Working Group is chaired by The Hon. Bernard Chan. A full list of the working group members can be found in the appendices.

Mr Euan Upston, Director of CPS, JCCPS, said, “The two heads will bring a wealth of international experience and local knowledge to the project, while the appointments of the heritage and art working groups ensure the programmes are guided by expert advice and community input. These appointments signify a major step forward for the project, injecting new energy to take the revitalisation vision to reality.”

While the heritage team will devise and implement quality and professional heritage interpretation programme and activities in-house, the art team will drive contemporary art operation under the collaborative model, working closely with the local and overseas art communities in rolling out the contemporary art programmes. The two teams will seek partners to develop programme and exhibitions, outreach and learning activities, while ensuring synergy and integration between the heritage and art programmes and the provision of quality programmes that will establish the CPS compound as an important part of the cultural life of Hong Kong.


Retail Operators Invited for Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 6 Mar 2015, Friday

An expression of interest (EOI) for retail operators at the Central Police Station (CPS) compound is open from 6 March to 5 June 2015. The EOI exercise will allow The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) to gauge the level of market interest and design the trade mix for shops before the launch of a formal request for proposals (RFP) later this year.

The JCCPS is leading the revitalisation of the CPS compound, transforming it into a culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements will be creatively integrated for all to enjoy. Invitation of retail operators is an integral part of the project plan to provide services to the visitors and provide income to help sustain the operation of the heritage site.

The retail operators at CPS will be expected to provide a diverse range of services that cater for a broad segment of visitors and that are compatible with the unique character of the site. Relevant information about the EOI can be found on the project web site: http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/invitation/main.asp

Other commercial elements are food and beverage operations and an integrated cultural and leisure facility at the Central Magistracy building. Selection of these operators has progressed smoothly and is at an advanced stage. Together with the retail shops, commercial operations will take up not more than 27% of the total construction floor areas at the site.


Operating model announced for heritage revitalisation project 17 Feb 2015, Tuesday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) made an announcement on the operating model for the Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project today. The project aims to transform the CPS site into a culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements will be creatively integrated for all to enjoy.

Under this model the JCCPS will undertake the heritage operations across the site. JCCPS is well-positioned to carry out the heritage interpretation programme, having accumulated considerable know-how over the past five years when carrying out the conservation works.

As for the contemporary art, the JCCPS will collaborate closely with the local and overseas art communities as partners in rolling out the contemporary art programme. This is a result of extensive consultation with the art community and stakeholders since September 2014 to collect their views and advice on the future provision of the contemporary art activities at the CPS site.

The JCCPS will set up two teams, reporting to the Director of CPS, to implement the arrangements. Led by a head of heritage, a dedicated team will devise and implement quality and professional heritage interpretation programme and activities in-house. Another professional team led by a head of art will be formed to drive contemporary art operation under the collaborative model. The two teams will seek programme partners to develop programme and exhibitions, outreach and learning activities, while ensuring synergy and integration between the heritage and art programmes and the provision of quality programmes that will establish the CPS compound as an important part of the cultural life of Hong Kong. Recruitment for key positions has commenced.

To prepare for the opening of the CPS site, the heritage and contemporary art operations will be guided by two groups of advisors, the Heritage Working Group and the Art Working Group with both groups being comprised of experts in the relevant fields. The working groups will assist the JCCPS in the development of policy, provide comments and suggestions on proposed programmes, and provide expert advice on the content of the heritage programmes and art programmes.

“This structure will ensure that there is provision of expert advice to the JCCPS and that community input will be open and transparent. The Heritage Working Group will be able to provide authentication on the interpretation and programmes whilst the Art Working Group will ensure that a wide variety of quality contemporary art programmes are made available to a broad audience,” said Mr. Euan Upston, Director of CPS, JCCPS.

“It will also enable us to put in place quality programmes in time for the scheduled opening of the revitalised site in the second half of 2016, at the same time allow flexibility for fine-tuning the operating model as we accumulate operating experience,” he said.

A JCCPS Advisory Committee, to be formed by relevant experts, government and community representatives, will be formed by mid-2016 to advise the Board on the operation and management of the CPS site.


Update on the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 26 Sep 2014, Friday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (“JCCPS”) today provided an update on the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project, as follows:

The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. A partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Project aims to transform the historic site into a leading cultural destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements are creatively integrated for all to enjoy.

Despite the very challenging site conditions, restoration works to the best international practice standards in heritage renovation is progressing on the 16 heritage buildings, with extensive works being undertaken on the roofs, facades and interiors. The target is to achieve substantial completion of the restoration works in phases in the last quarter of 2015 and first quarter of 2016.

The foundation works for the two new low-rise buildings designed by the internationally acclaimed architects Herzog & de Meuron are completed and the superstructure work is progressing. These buildings will provide high quality cultural space as well as building systems that serve the whole site thereby reducing the amount of intervention in the heritage buildings.

Good progress is also being made on the selection of operators for 10 food and beverage outlets and an integrated cultural and leisure operator for the Central Magistracy. Selection for retail service providers will follow in 2015. These commercial operators will take up not more than 27% of floor space and will provide services to the visitors. JCCPS’s revenues from these activities will be used solely to support the sustainable operation of the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project. The operators are expected to undertake their fitting out and licensing procedures and commence operation in 2016.

JCCPS thanked the respondents of the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) exercise for operating the heritage and contemporary art element, for their efforts, ideas and suggestions. JCCPS and the selection committee would like to express their appreciation of the efforts and time spent by the eligible respondent in the selection process, its elaborate preparation and the commitment to the cultural development of Hong Kong. JCCPS also thanked members of an independent selection committee for contributing their expertise and time in the selection process for the heritage and contemporary art operator. The selection committee could not identify an integrated operator and recommended JCCPS to consider developing site operation by adopting an approach that includes the participation of various organisations in heritage and contemporary art programming. The objective is to build the capacity of the art and heritage communities in the next few years, with a view to enabling the project to have a sustainable heritage and contemporary art operation in the long term. Bernard Chan, Chairman of the independent selection committee, said: “The selection committee made its recommendation based on a fair and objective assessment of the strategies and plans for the heritage programming; strategies and plans for contemporary art programming; financial capacity, business viability and financial plans for the proposed programmes; and management capability and governance.”

In light of the selection committee’s recommendation and having considered resources and know-how accumulated over the past five years when carrying out the conservation works, JCCPS will take up the heritage interpretation programme of the project in consultation with advisors to be appointed. Heritage groups will also be involved in the heritage programme. “We endeavour to truly reflect the heritage value of the compound in this important revitalisation project,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS, JCCPS.

Upston said JCCPS would engage and consult the contemporary art community, including the cultural groups that have responded to the RFP, in the coming months with a view to developing a suitable model for providing the contemporary art programme for the scheduled site opening in 2016. “We look forward to beginning a dialogue with the contemporary art community on collaborative opportunities on the revitalisation project,” he said.

“JCCPS is fully committed to the revitalisation project and will continue to guide and fund its development with inclusive participation of the heritage and contemporary art communities,” Upston added.


An update on selection of operators for the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 6 Jul 2014, Sunday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) provided an update on the selection of operators for the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project today, as follows:

Three responses to the three-month Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Heritage and Contemporary Art operator were received upon the deadline for submission at 2:15 pm, 30 April 2014 and one submission was received after the deadline.

The response received after the deadline was late and therefore ineligible. Two of the responses received before the deadline were also ineligible because the respondents did not meet the two eligibility requirements which were, first, to form a special purpose company upon the RFP deadline, and second, that such company should have either obtained the tax exemption approval as a charitable institution or have already applied to the Inland Revenue Department for such tax exemption upon the RFP deadline.

JCCPS confirmed the ineligibility of these responses based on the recommendation made by the Selection Committee comprising 19 individuals representing broad community interests. The recommendation was further supported by independent legal advice.

JCCPS thanked all respondents for their efforts, and expressed regrets that the ineligible responses could not be further considered in order to maintain the integrity and fairness of the selection process.

The remaining response to the RFP was eligible. Under the assessment process, the Selection Committee will proceed to invite the respondent to an interview with a view to assessing its submitted proposal in detail. Based on the suitability of the respondent, the Selection Committee will make a recommendation to the JCCPS in the third quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, approximately 100 proposals from 72 responses to the RFP for the 10 food and beverage outlets were received upon the deadline for submission at 2:15 pm, 30 April 2014, and are under assessment by a separate selection committee formed by independent members and experts from The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Nine responses to the RFP for the integrated cultural and leisure operation at the Central Magistracy building were received, of which five were shortlisted to enter the final proposal stage.

RFPs for non-government organisations and retail operators will be available at the next phase of the invitation process.

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
A partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. The Project includes the conservation of 16 buildings of historical or architectural significance and several open spaces on the 3.37-acre site. To support activities on the revitalised site, an international renowned firm of architects, Herzog & de Meuron, has been engaged to design two new buildings. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art programmes and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. The site is expected to be open to the public in 2016, following the scheduled completion of revitalisation works in 2015, and fitting out and licensing arrangements by the operators. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk


Director appointed to head revitalised Central Police Station compound 23 Jun 2014, Monday

Experienced contemporary art venue administrator Euan Upston has been appointed to lead the operation of the Central Police Station compound, which is currently being transformed into a centre for heritage, contemporary art and leisure for the public to enjoy.

As Director of CPS, Upston will be responsible for guiding the operations on the site to become a leading cultural destination in Hong Kong. He will oversee the overall management and maintenance of the compound, develop and coordinate site-wide activities involving the Heritage and Contemporary Art Operator and the not-for-profit and commercial operators, and develop long term partnerships with key stakeholders.

Upston will be supported by a dedicated management team, and one of his duties is to transfer knowledge and train up local talents who will over time succeed him to lead the operations.

Formerly the chief operating officer of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Australia in Sydney, Upston has more than 30 years of experience in contemporary arts. These included administration of contemporary art venues, leading a major MCA extension and refurbishment of MCA venues in a heritage building, and organising large-scale contemporary visual art events. In these and other roles, Upston worked closely with federal, state and municipal governments in Australia, curatorial and programming teams and other key stakeholders.

Upston will assume office on 26 June 2014.

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
A partnership between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. The Project includes the conservation of 16 buildings of historical or architectural significance and several open spaces on the 3.37-acre site. To support activities on the revitalised site, an international renowned firm of architects, Herzog & de Meuron, has been engaged to design two new buildings. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art programmes and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. The site is expected to be open to the public in 2016, following the scheduled completion of revitalisation works in 2015, and fitting out and licensing arrangements by the operators. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk.

Background information
Euan Upston
Director of CPS

Euan Upston is the Director of CPS, a position he took up in June 2014, and is responsible for guiding the development of the Central Police Station compound to become a leading cultural destination in Hong Kong. He oversees management and maintenance of the site, develops and coordinates site-wide activities involving various not-for-profit and commercial operators, and develops long term partnerships with key stakeholders of the project.

Prior to this role, Euan has more than 30 years of experience in art venue administration, including senior roles in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Australia and the Sydney Biennale, managing a theatre company, an art administration and project consultancy and a production academy.

One of Euan’s achievements is the planning and execution of the refurbishment of the MCA building (an Art Deco-style heritage building formerly accommodating the Maritime Services Board on the western edge of Circular Quay, Sydney) and a 50,000 square-foot extension to house galleries, education centres, a cafe, a theatre and a new access.

In these and other roles, Euan worked closely with curatorial and programming teams and has good understanding and appreciation of artistic vision and curatorial programming. He also worked with multiple stakeholders including the federal, state and municipal governments in Australia, funders, service providers and contractors.

Euan was educated in New Zealand, obtaining a teaching degree majoring in Drama and English at Wellington Teachers College.


Operation Proposals Invited for Central Police Station Heritage Site 29 Jan 2014, Wednesday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the “Trust”) today announced an invitation to interested parties to submit detailed proposals for operating the heritage and contemporary art element of the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project. Revitalisation works are scheduled for completion in 2015 after which the site will be open for all to enjoy.

The Request for Proposals (“RFP”) has made reference to valuable comments received from interested parties during an Expression of Interest (“EOI”) exercise conducted earlier.

Thanking the EOI respondents, Michael Lee, Trustee, called upon all interested parties, whether or not they had responded to the EOI, to come forward with detailed proposals. The invitation is extended to all Hong Kong based not-for-profit heritage, art and culture organisations. They may submit proposals on their own or in partnership with other local and overseas organisations.

“Opportunities to participate in such a unique and prestigious project do not come often,” Lee said, adding that participation in the CPS project will be a significant contribution to heritage conservation and contemporary art development in Hong Kong.

The project is one of the most important conservation projects undertaken by the Trust. The Trust is committed to leading the conservation and restoration works and managing the project, in which incomes from the future operation will be ploughed back to support the long-term sustainability of the project.

“Recognising that the start up and recurrent costs of planning and running the heritage and contemporary art programmes will be substantial, the Trust will play an important role in supporting the Heritage and Contemporary Art Operator (the Operator). An annual total funding commitment of up to HK$30 million, on a merit basis, will be provided to support the heritage and contemporary art programmes organised by the Operator,” Lee said.

“The Operator will be expected to build up its programming and financial capacity, and develop and finance its programmes through its own funding channels. From the fourth year onwards, this annual funding will remain unchanged at up to HK$30 million but will be not more than half of the Operator’s total annual costs for the heritage and contemporary arts programmes,” he added.

When the conservation and restoration works are completed and new cultural elements are integrated into the historic fabric, what was once a law-and-order institution closed to the public will be transformed into a community space filled with art and culture and open to all. The rich heritage and robust art programmes will set the CPS compound as an important part of the cultural life of Hong Kong.

The RFP will close on 30 April 2014 after which a selection committee representing the broad interests of the community will review the proposals and make a recommendation to the Trust. Details of the selection committee were announced in December 2013 and information is available on the project website for reference. The Operator is expected to be appointed in 2014.

Also announced today was the launch of the Request for Proposals for food and beverage (“F&B”) services. The F&B operations are part of the commercial elements of the CPS project which will provide services for visitors and rental income to sustain the long term operation of the site. The RFP for F&B will also close on 30 April 2014.

RFP documents and additional information are available on the project website. (http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/invitation/main.asp) The invitations are also being advertised in major Hong Kong newspapers.

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. The Project includes the conservation of 16 buildings of historical or architectural significance and several open spaces on the 3.37-acre site. To support activities on the revitalised site, an international renowned firm of architects, Herzog & de Meuron, has been engaged to design two new buildings. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art and exhibition areas and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk.


Selection Committees for Heritage Site Operators Announced 23 Dec 2013, Monday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust) today announced the formation of a committee representing broad community interests to select the heritage and contemporary art operator for the Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project.

Upon finalisation of selection arrangements by the Selection Committee, the Trust will issue a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) early next year to invite interested parties to submit proposals to undertake heritage and contemporary art programming for the project. The selected operator has the important role of developing and implementing heritage and contemporary art programming for CPS upon completion of revitalisation works in late 2015.

Michael Lee, Trustee, said, “To ensure a fair and open selection process, we have formed a selection committee made up of knowledgeable, insightful and well-respected individuals from various sectors, including heritage conservation, art and culture, business and professional and the academia, as well as representatives of the government, the community and the Trust. The Committee is chaired by Mr Bernard Chan, who brings with him a wealth of experience in heritage site revitalisation and community services.”

“The Selection Committee will review and assess proposals with a balanced emphasis on the respondents’ vision and commitment, their capability in providing rich and diversified heritage and art programming, community involvement, good governance and operational sustainability,” he added.

Bernard Chan, Chairman of the Selection Committee said, “The CPS is a unique cluster of historically significant buildings in Hong Kong. I am honoured to be invited to contribute to the selection process and I look forward to working closely with fellow committee members to evaluate the proposals carefully, impartially and faithfully, and recommend the operator that could represent the best interest of the community.”

Also announced today was a committee tasked with selecting the commercial operator for a cultural and leisure facility at the Central Magistracy and food and beverage operators for the rest of the CPS site. These commercial operators will provide services to visitors and provide income to help sustain the site. Commercial operations are expected to take up 27% of the construction area at the site with the remaining devoted to heritage and arts as well as functional use such as public circulation, plant room, etc. In order to ensure these future operators meet the stringent buildings standards and operational and financial requirements, the committee draws upon The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s internal expertise in property management, finance and hospitality. It also has independent members with experience in heritage conservation and community representation to ensure that the heritage value and community interest are given full consideration in the selection process.

The two committees will review the proposals and identify the operators in phases during 2014.

Information on the two selection committees is attached (Appendixes 1 and 2) and is also available on the project website:
http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/news-resources/news/news.asp?date=23 December 2013

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project

The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. The Project includes the conservation of 16 buildings of historical or architectural significance and several open spaces on the 3.37-acre site. To support activities on the revitalised site, an international renowned firm of architects, Herzog & de Meuron, has been engaged to design two new buildings, tentatively named the Old Bailey Wing and Arbuthnot Wing. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art and exhibition areas and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk.


Appendix 1

The Selection Committee for the Heritage and Contemporary Art Operator


Chairman

Mr Bernard CHAN, GBS, JP 
Born and educated in Hong Kong before studying studio art at Pomona College in the United States, Mr CHAN is actively engaged in a broad range of social policy areas, including arts and culture, heritage and conservation, and health and medical issues. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star Medal in 2006. He chairs a number of public bodies, including the Council for Sustainable Development, the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Mr CHAN is the President of Asia Financial Holdings Limited and Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong SAR.

Members
(In alphabetical order of last names)

Mr John BATTEN 
Mr BATTEN lives in Hong Kong and is Convenor of the Central and Western Concern Group, an heritage and urban planning advocacy group; Organiser of the Hong Kong ArtWalk and President of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong (AICAHK). He is an independent art curator, cultural commentator and art critic and is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and Perspective architectural magazine.

Mr Stephen CHAN, Chit-kwai, BBS, JP 
Having served as a district councillor on the Central and Western District Council since 1992, Mr CHAN is an active supporter for heritage conservation in the local community. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2000 and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2012 for his community services over the years. Mr CHAN is the Chairman of the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage, Member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and the Intangible Culture Heritage Advisory Committee, Manager of the University of Hong Kong Medical Students residence and the President of the HKU Staff Association.

Ms CHENG Lai-king 
Ms CHENG, Member of the Central and Western District Council, has been following heritage conservation in the community for many years. She participates in a number of concern groups, including the District Council’s Working Group on Concern over the Development of the Central Police Station Compound and Former Police Married Quarters and the Central Oasis Community Advisory Committee for the Central Market. Ms CHENG is a social worker.

Ms Vivian KO, Wai-kwan
Ms KO is a representative of the Development Bureau, HKSAR Government.

Ir Albert LAI, Kwong-tak 
Engineer by profession, Ir LAI has been an advocate for sustainable development, environment protection and heritage conservation in Hong Kong for over three decades. He is the founding chairman of the Professional Commons, Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage and Hong Kong People’s Council for Sustainable Development, and has served as a member of government advisory bodies such as the Commission on Strategic Development.

Ms Vivian LAU, Sio-kuan 
Ms LAU has a strong interest in heritage and conservation, and arts and culture, and actively participates in various advisory bodies, namely, the Science Museum Advisory Panel and the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings. Ms LAU is an advocate for youth and women and represents Hong Kong on international youth and women events. She is now Chief Executive Officer of the Junior Achievement Hong Kong and Director of the Pacific Air Limited.

Mr Dick LEE, Ming-kwai, GBS
Mr LEE retired from the office of Commissioner of Police in 2007 after 34 years of distinguished service, including several years in the former Central Police Station. Mr LEE was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star Medal in 2007 for his outstanding public service. He is now the Executive Director for the Hong Kong Institute for Public Administration.

Mr Maurice LEE, Wai-man, BBS, JP 
Mr LEE serves as Member on a number of arts and culture committees and bodies, including the Advisory Committee on Arts Development, Hong Kong Film Development Council, Radio Television Hong Kong Board of Advisors, etc. Mr LEE was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2011 for his distinguished public service on art and culture. He is a writer / radio host and solicitor, serving as legal advisor to several organisations related to creative and media industries on pro bono basis.

Mr Michael LEE, Tze-hau, JP 
Mr LEE, graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree in business administration, is actively involved in promoting corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. He serves a number of charities and sports organisations, including Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, Helping Hands and Hong Kong Sports Institute. Mr LEE is currently a director of Oxer Limited, a steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, as well as a non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited and several other publicly-listed companies in Hong Kong. Mr LEE represents the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Prof Samuel LEONG 
Prof LEONG has a multifarious academic and international background in interdisciplinary research spanning education and research, performance and wellness, cultural policy and creative industries. He is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Prof LEONG is also the Director of UNESCO Arts in Education Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education. He has given invited presentations in five continents including the World Alliance for Arts Education World Summit, World Learning Conference, and World Creativity Summit.

Prof Eva MAN, Kit-wah 
Prof MAN received her doctorate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with research interests in comparative aesthetics, feminist aesthetics and philosophy. She is now the Head and Professor of Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of the Hong Kong Baptist University, and an active member of the Chinese Society for Aesthetics. Prof MAN is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Director of the City Contemporary Dance Company and 1a Space at Cattle Depot, and a Committee Member of the International Association of Aesthetics.

Mr Fredric MAO, Chun-fai, BBS
An internationally renowned veteran in performing arts scene, Mr MAO joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) as Head of Acting since its inception in 1985. He was the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre from 2001 to 2008 and was bestowed the honour of “Director Laureate” upon his departure. In 2004, Mr MAO was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the local performing art scene. He is currently the Deputy Chairman for the HKAPA’s Council, the Convener of Hong Kong/Taiwan Cultural Cooperation Committee, and the Founder/Director of Performing Arts Asia.

Ms Kathy SIU, Ka-yi 
Ms SIU is a full-time District Councillor of the Central and Western District and has a strong interest in conservation and development in the community. She is Vice-chairman of the Culture, Leisure and Social Affairs Committee and Member of the Working Group on Concern over the Development of the Central Police Station Compound and Former Police Married Quarters under the Central and Western District Council.

Ms Eve TAM, Mei-yee
Ms TAM is a representative of the Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR Government.

Ms Ada WONG, Ying-kay, JP 
Founder of a number of local cultural institutions, art groups and one of Hong Kong’s art high schools, Ms WONG is actively engaged in promoting arts and culture in Hong Kong. She was elected into the former Urban Council and the Wan Chai District Council. Ms WONG now serves as a Director for the Board of the Hong Kong Design Centre, Member of the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Member of the Art Museum Advisory Panel and Member of Viva Blue House Steering Committee. She is a solicitor.

Mr Stanley WONG, Ping-pui (Anothermountainman) 
Mr WONG worked as Creative Director for many renowned advertising companies. In 2007, he set up 84000 Communications Ltd., a brand consulting agency focusing on commercial, cultural branding and promotion work. He has won more than 500 awards in fine art, photography, graphic design and advertising in Hong Kong and abroad. His works “Redwhiteblue” have won critical acclaim both locally and internationally and had travelled to Venice at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Mr WONG was also awarded the Artist of the Year 2011 (Visual Arts) from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 from Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Dr Wilfred WONG, Ying-wai, SBS, JP 
Dr WONG has an extensive experience in serving advisory boards and committees related to arts and culture. He is now the Chairman of the Arts Development Council, Chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council. For his distinguished public service, Dr WONG was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star Medal in 2007. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hsin Chong Construction Group Limited.

Mr David YIP, Wing-shing, BBS, MH, JP 
Mr YIP, Chairman of the Central and Western District Council, is actively engaged in youth service and development. In addition to his role in the District Council, he is the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Scout Association of Hong Kong, Member of the Commission on Youth, Convenor of the Youth Programme Co-ordinating Committee. Mr YIP received the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2011.
 

Appendix 2

The Selection Committee for the Integrated Cultural and Leisure Operator at the Central Magistracy and Food and Beverage Operators
 


Chairman

Mr Michael J MOIR, FRICS, MICE 
Mr Moir is the Director of Property of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a position he has held since March 2010. He has a wide range of experience in the Hong Kong property industry and was formerly a Director of Swire Properties and PCCW Infrastructure.

Members
(In alphabetical order of last names)

Mr Jackie CHEUNG Yick-hung 
Mr Cheung has been serving the Central community as a Member of the Central and Western District Council. An advocate for conserving Central’s heritage, he is the Chairman of the District Council’s Working Group on Concern over the Development of the Central Police Station Compound and Former Police Married Quarters. Mr Cheung is a solicitor.

Mr Andrew LAM, Siu-lo, JP 
Town Planner by profession, Mr Lam is an active supporter for heritage conservation and cultural development. He serves on a number of government advisory committees, including as Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Member of the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings, and Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

Mr Kurt SCHWARTZ 
Mr Schwartz worked at the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 1992 to 2005 as Happy Valley Clubhouse Manager and Manager, Racecourse Catering respectively. He re-joined the Club in March 2008 as the Head of Hospitality Services (Operations). He is responsible for the catering facilities and recreation services at the four Clubhouses and the two Racecourses. His past experience included hotels in South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia and he was one of the opening team members at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Mr Wilson TAI, ACA 
Mr Tai joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2008 and is the Financial Controller for the Membership, Charities, and Corporate Affairs Divisions. He has in-depth corporate financial experience across various business sectors in the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong SAR, mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region.


Operators invited for Central Police Station heritage site 28 Feb 2013, Thursday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust) today announced that it is inviting interested operators to join it to revitalise the Central Police Station compound (the CPS) into an integrated cultural destination with heritage, contemporary art and leisure facilities for all to enjoy from 2015 onwards.

The operators will be required to introduce to the CPS a rich variety of heritage and contemporary art programmes, as well as compatible cultural and leisure services that serve a broad range of community needs.

A partnership between the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Trust, the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project (the Project) will comprise a total construction floor area of around 300,000 square feet after revitalisation works. Approximately 37% of the construction floor area will be used for heritage appreciation and contemporary art, 36% for public circulation and electrical and mechanical plant space, and 27% for commercial activities to provide leisure and entertainment to the visitors. There will also be over 40,000 square feet of open spaces for public programmes.

The Trust, through a not-for-profit company, the Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS), will manage the Project. JCCPS will be responsible for guiding the development of the CPS site into a cultural destination, managing and maintaining the site, developing and co-ordinating site-wide activities and programmes involving all site occupants, and developing partnerships with the key stakeholders of the Project.

The Trust has now extended invitations for:

  • Expressions of interest (EOI) to operate the heritage and contemporary art elements at the site,
  • EOI for food and beverage (F&B) operations, and
  • A request for proposals (RFP) for operating an integrated cultural and leisure offering at the Central Magistracy building.

“The engagement of an independent heritage and contemporary art operator for the site is in line with the Trust’s intention to support the development of culture and nurture talent in curatorial management and administration of cultural venues in Hong Kong,” a spokesperson for the Trust said.

The Trust’s preference is for a Hong Kong-based, not-for-profit operator to manage the CPS heritage and contemporary art elements. Recognising that some operators may not possess the full range of required skills and experience, the Trust welcomes expressions of interest by joint ventures formed by local operators or by local operators partnering non-Hong Kong based operators.

The heritage and contemporary art operator will actively support the overall vision of the CPS and will work collaboratively with JCCPS and other site occupants to achieve the shared vision. It will be responsible for the daily operation of the heritage and contemporary art facilities under its control. This would entail operating the performance and exhibition venues; organising and co-ordinating the contemporary art programmes, heritage events and exhibitions; and developing and managing the educational and outreach programmes at the site.

The heritage and contemporary art operator will not be charged a rental for occupation of the facilities that it operates on behalf of JCCPS, and will have booking priority and rent-free use of other CPS space designated for heritage or contemporary art programmes. In line with the user-pays principle, a management fee will be levied for the occupation and use of these facilities.

The ongoing costs of running the heritage and contemporary art programmes will be substantial. The Trust recognises that it has a significant role to play in supporting the heritage and contemporary art activities. Apart from funding the revitalisation works, the Trust will use all incomes from the commercial operations on the CPS site for management of the site, with the surplus used for supporting the heritage and contemporary art programmes. In addition, the heritage and contemporary art operator can apply to the Trust for major programme-specific funding to support heritage and contemporary art activities on the site. It is expected that the operator will generate additional funding for its programmes from other sources such as ticket sales, merchandising, sponsorship and donations, in line with other not-for-profit cultural organisations.

The F&B operators and the Central Magistracy operator are parts of the mix of commercial tenants who will also include specialist stores, commercial art galleries and other appropriate establishments. They are expected to offer products, services and activities that complement the unique character of the heritage site.

Not only will the commercial operators provide services to the visitors, they will also help attract visitors to the site and the various heritage and contemporary art programmes. In addition, the commercial operators will contribute to heritage conservation and contemporary art development by providing rental income to JCCPS and hence enable the CPS site to become self sustaining.

“A guiding philosophy of the Trust for the CPS Project is that the commercial activities are to raise funds for the self-sustainability of the site with any surplus funds made available for the benefit of sustaining the overall operation of the CPS,” the spokesperson said.

Interested parties will be assessed based on the selection criteria for the respective operations, which may include the operators’ vision for the site, track record in their areas of expertise, compatibility of their offerings with the unique character of the site, financial capability and capacity, people development capability and governance. All selected operators will be required to protect their premises on the heritage site and support JCCPS’ site-wide activities such as open days and promotions of appreciation of heritage and contemporary art.

EOI and RFP documents and background information of the Project are available on the project web site: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/infoforoperators. The invitations are also being advertised in major Hong Kong newspapers in March 2013.

Between 2013 and 2014, another major exercise will be launched to invite other site occupants, including not-for-profit organisations and retail operators. Revitalisation works are planned to be complete in 2015, after which the site will be open to the public.

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project

The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and the Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. The Project includes the conservation of 16 buildings of historical or architectural significance and several open spaces on the approximately 3.37-acre site. To support activities on the revitalised site, an international renowned firm of architects, Herzog & de Meuron, has been engaged to design two new buildings, tentatively named the Old Bailey Wing and Arbuthnot Wing. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art and exhibition areas and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings.

Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk.


Pre-Construction works at CPS Revitalisation Project 24 May 2012, Thursday

Pre-construction works have begun on site of the Central Police Station (CPS) compound, paving the way for much needed preservation works for the heritage buildings and construction of two new buildings as part of the CPS Revitalisation Project later this year.

These preparatory works started in November 2011. The Contractor has completed the removal of metal fences, barbed wire and asbestos in the existing buildings. The existing workshop / laundry and a modern-day office building of low heritage value have also been demolished to facilitate construction of new buildings to house exhibition spaces and the associated supporting facilities. This will help minimise the possible intervention to the existing historic buildings while meeting the current functional and regulatory requirements for adaptive reuse.

As recommended in the approved Archaeological Investigation (AI) Report of CPS, underground features of high heritage significance will be preserved in situ including Gaol C and remains of the radial plan prison by redesigning the layout of the new structures. Other underground remains of medium and low heritage significance will be preserved by record.

According to the AI Report, the underground remains in the modern-day office site designated for building the Old Bailey Wing (OBW), an exhibition space, were of medium heritage significance as they have been partly damaged with medium intactness due to modern intrusions such as the presence of underground utilities and the construction of later buildings. Remains of foundation stones of demolished buildings, some piecemeal remains of brick works and drains uncovered there verified the findings of the AI Report. Following the recommendations of the AI Report and the Archaeological Action Plan, our archaeological team commenced the works for preservation by record at the OBW site in April 2012 to preserve underground remains by record before the actual commencement of construction works.

“Preservation by Record (PBR) of underground remains of medium and low historic value PBR is an international practice adopted to mitigate and minimize archaeological impacts. It ensures we have documentary records of these remains while at the same time enables new structures or development necessary for the revitalisation work to be built,” said a spokesman of ERM-Hong Kong Ltd., environmental and archaeological consultant for the CPS Project which has worked on a number of heritage sites adopting PBR as a means of mitigation.

Some of the foundation remains uncovered will be kept in storage for possible future reuse pending technical feasibility check, such as for interpretation purposes and for repair of existing historic buildings in the CPS compound.

The Contractor also commenced foundation construction works on site. These works would be carried out under close supervision and monitoring to avoid any possible impact on the adjacent buildings.

The project is scheduled for completion late 2014.


Enhanced design to the new building approved 30 Jan 2012, Monday

In January 2012, the Town Planning Board has approved an enhanced design to the Arbuthnot Wing, one of two new buildings to be constructed on the Central Police Station compound to provide additional arts venues.

The enhanced design provides a 10% increase in covered public space for public programmes, a new technical ceiling in the multi-purpose hall to allow for a wider variety of performances, an increase in space efficiency and improved circulation to and from adjacent historical buildings, and better consistency with the design of Old Bailey Wing, the other new building.

The project is scheduled for completion late 2014.


Archaeological Investigation Report of Central Police Station Site Released 21 Oct 2011, Friday

The archaeological investigation report of the Central Police Station (CPS) site was released today.

Commissioned by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), the report was compiled by ERM Hong Kong Ltd. based on field data obtained from site investigations conducted between January and August 2011. The objective of the report was to determine if there were any remains of archaeological significance and to prepare a set of appropriate mitigation measures to be adopted before and during construction of the project. The report has been approved by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) of the HKSAR Government.

The mitigation measures outlined in the report include:

  • The underground plant room (supplying all the conserved historic buildings) at the lower courtyard will be redesigned and reduced in size, and its location will be adjusted to reduce the impact on the foundation remains of Gaol C (one of the earliest buildings on the site), the buried remains of a tunnel and a passageway with steps.
  • The basement of the Old Bailey Wing at the upper courtyard will be reduced so that part of the foundation remains of a previously demolished prison structure will be preserved in situ.
  • Drawings and photographic records of the remains will be prepared and carefully documented before commencement of ground excavation works. An archaeological watching brief will be conducted during the ground excavation works.
  • Prior to ground excavation works, training will be provided to all site staff including administrative staff, foremen and workers to promote their awareness of the underground remains on the site and brief them the handling procedures to be taken if any further underground remains are revealed.

“In order to minimize the impact on the buried remains, the underground plant room will adopt an irregular layout. Such a layout will not only complicate the future operation and maintenance of the plant room, but also require deeper and irregular excavation, increasing the construction difficulty and cost. The spaces for art gallery storage at the Old Bailey Wing will also be reduced,” a HKJC spokesperson said.

The archaeological investigation report, together with the findings of the earlier studies, provides important data that trace the development of buildings on the CPS site since the mid-19th Century. HKJC has recently commissioned Purcell Miller Tritton, an architectural firm that specializes in conservation of historic buildings, to compile an architectural history of this important heritage site for future publication.

The archaeological investigation report, compiled in English with a summary in Chinese, is available for viewing and downloading on the CPS project website: 
http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/news-resources/environmental/other.asp


Update on Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 28 Jul 2011, Thursday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) today briefed the Central and Western District Council on the latest progress of the Central Police Station Revitalisation (CPS) Project. The CPS project received an Environmental Permit (EP) under the Environmental Impact Assessment process on 18 April this year. Planning permission from the Town Planning Board (TPB) was also granted on 6 May. The EP included a requirement for the HKJC to conduct an archaeological investigation of the site. Similarly, the TPB planning permission also contained a condition that an archaeological investigation report is to be submitted to the satisfaction of the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) or of the TPB.

The HKJC has commissioned a consultancy to conduct a comprehensive archaeological investigation of the site, which have been supervised by archaeological experts and is carried out in close liaison and consultation with the AMO.

The archaeological investigations are nearing completion and the full report is expected to be released to the public within the next few months.

With all necessary statutory approvals obtained, works to revitalize the CPS site including urgently needed preservation of the 16 important heritage buildings will commence as planned in early 2012 for completion in late 2014. If important archaeological relics were subsequently discovered during construction, HKJC is required to notify and provide detailed reports to the AMO and mitigation measures must be proposed for AMO’s approval.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club has become one of Hong Kong’s best known and respected organisations, providing the public with world-class sporting entertainment as well as being the city’s major non-Government community benefactor, now donating more than HK$1 billion a year to charitable and community projects. It has been a part of Hong Kong through good times and bad, sharing the city’s growth and development with its people, and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for future generations.


Archaeological Investigation of Central Police Station 27 Apr 2011, Wednesday

An archaeological investigation into the former Central Police Station (CPS) site was recently concluded. A number of artifacts as well as the foundation of some demolished buildings and structures were found. A detailed analysis will be carried out on the archaeological finds and a report which is being finalized will be released to the public in due course.

The on-site investigation was completed in late March and a full report is currently being compiled by the consultant, ERM-Hong Kong, Ltd (ERM). In brief, there were no pre-1800 (i.e. dated before late Qing to early 20th Century) archaeological features identified but several archaeological remains and artifacts were found on site.

The CPS revitalisation project is supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and is intended to transform a collection of historically significant buildings into a centre of heritage, arts and leisure facilities for the local community and overseas visitors.

As part of the process to obtain statutory approval to proceed with the project, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was carried out in 2009/2010 and an EIA Report was submitted to the authorities in November 2010. The on-site archaeological investigation was carried out subsequent to the EIA submission earlier this year as part of the detailed design work. The fieldwork could not be conducted earlier due to various site constraints such as committed schedule of public activities and protection to historical buildings.

The archaeological remains and artifacts found on site included:

  • A tunnel-like structure damaged by previous development. Function of the tunnel could not be confirmed but it was probably a tunnel for water storage rather than an air raid shelter due to its relatively shallow location i.e. its ceiling was only approximately 65 cm below ground.
  • Foundation remains of demolished buildings (see Appendix 1)
  • A number of artifacts were found such as an opium container, a bowl shard, a copper coin with illegible inscription etc which were dated late Qing to early 20th Century and regarded as secondary deposits transported to the site from somewhere. A full list of the artifacts is on Appendix 2.

The artifacts will be handed over to the AMO and the full investigation report which will include an analysis of the archaeological value of the finds will be released publicly in due course.

Subject to various statutory approvals, work to preserve and maintain the heritage buildings will commence late this year. As work progresses on the site there will be on-going archaeological supervision to ensure that any relics are properly identified and reported and that follow up actions are approved by AMO.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club has become one of Hong Kong’s best known and respected organisations, providing the public with world-class sporting entertainment as well as being the city’s major non-Government community benefactor, now donating more than HK$1 billion a year to charitable and community projects. It has been a part of Hong Kong through good times and bad, sharing the city’s growth and development with its people, and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for future generations.

Appendix 1

Structure underneath the Parade Ground probably associated with the rest room of the Central Police Station

Appendix 2

Artifacts found on site (Parade Ground and Prison Yard):

  • One opium container
  • One broken pottery smoking pipe
  • One copper coin, text on the coin illegible
  • A few Blue-and-white porcelain bowl and plate shards
  • A shard of white porcelain with decoration in green paint

All of the above artifacts are dated post-1800 (i.e. late Qing to early 20th Century) and they are regarded as secondary deposits transported to the site from somewhere. No pre-1800 in-situ relics identified on site.


Heritage-led Central Police Station Revitalisation Project to conserve all historic buildings and create a community asset for the public enjoyment of heritage, arts and leisure 11 Oct 2010, Monday

The Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust today (11 October) jointly announced a heritage-led plan to conserve and revitalise the Central Police Station (“CPS”) and transform it into a centre of heritage, arts and leisure. The CPS is an important part of the Government’s Conserving Central initiative.

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, said, “The revised design for the conservation and revitalisation of the Central Police Station Compound is an exemplary outcome of embracing public views and aspirations in heritage conservation projects and takes full account of the Government’s heritage conservation policy evolved over the last three years.”

“I wish to thank the Club for its foresight and vision in assisting the government to take forward what is by far the largest heritage conservation project in Hong Kong, under the auspices of a new heritage conservation policy announced by the Chief Executive in October 2007. The Government will continue to work closely with the Club to take forward this very meaningful conservation and revitalisation project for the enjoyment of the public,” Mrs Lam added.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has agreed to support the capital cost of the revitalisation of the CPS. As a not-for-profit organisation, the Trust does not expect an investment return. The Trust has long supported heritage, arts and culture in Hong Kong, with numerous notable projects over the years, including the UNESCO award-winning preservation of Hung Shing Temple, funding the arts education-pioneering establishment of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and providing grants to the Hong Kong Arts Festival for over 30 years.

Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr T Brian Stevenson said, “The Charities Trust is committed to working with the community to bring a better quality of life to the people of Hong Kong. Revitalising the CPS, which embodies our collective Hong Kong memories, offers an opportunity to create an important community asset for all to enjoy. It would also add a visitor destination of unique Hong Kong character, to help enhance the regional competitiveness of Hong Kong.”

To fully understand the views of the community on the CPS, the Club conducted an extensive six month public consultation from 2007 to 2008. In 2008, the HKSAR Executive Council confirmed the Club’s not-for-profit concept to revitalise the CPS. The Government and the

Club then entered into a partnership to take forward the conservation and revitalisation of the Central Police Station project.

In keeping with the heritage-led approach, an award-winning conservation architectural firm, Purcell Miller Tritton (PMT), has been retained to conduct extensive research on the history of the CPS site and to prepare a Conservation Management Plan, which sets out conservation principles for the heritage buildings.

The CPS site dates back 169 years to the beginning of Hong Kong in 1841. The site’s earliest dateable remaining structure is a prison building (D Hall) built in 1858. Other historic buildings include the Central Magistracy, a symbol of the power of the court, built in 1913, and the Headquarters Block, completed in 1919 and widely considered the public façade of the CPS. Over the last century and a half, the site has witnessed the development of the Central district and Hong Kong, and its many alterations reflect social, political and operational changes over time.

Former Commissioner of Police Mr Dick Lee, who worked at the site, commented, “Many of my former colleagues and I are grateful that this project will help preserve these historic buildings. Today’s announcement is merely the beginning of our community efforts to share our heritage stories with future generations.”

In this collaboration of internationally renowned architects, Herzog & de Meuron (HdM), PMT and Rocco Design Architects Ltd (RDA) have worked closely together and examined many different alternative schemes in order to establish the best design for adaptive re-use. The design announced today is the result of their best efforts in considering many factors, including opinions collected from the local community and arts groups, physical conditions of the site and statutory guidelines. The design responds to key findings of the public consultation in 2008, including concerns about height expressed by some regarding the option of an iconic building on the upper platform area, and wide support for revitalisation of the site for arts and leisure. 84% of the respondents felt the CPS was a valuable heritage site that should be sensitively revitalised to become a lively and integral part of the community, and 60% supported turning the site into a multi-purpose venue, integrating arts, culture and other non-profit and commercial activities.

“From our experience, unused buildings tend to deteriorate and the best way to conserve historic buildings is to adaptively re-use them,” said Michael Morrison, Chairman of PMT. “To do nothing is not an option.”

The design announced today will preserve and revitalise all buildings of historical and architectural significance, 16 in total including F Hall, remembered for its use as a reception centre for prison visitors. In line with international best practices for heritage conservation and revitalisation, and given the physical constraints of the site, two new buildings will be added – the “Old Bailey Wing” and “Arbuthnot Wing” – to help minimise interventions in the heritage buildings by providing vertical circulation and other services essential for re-opening the heritage buildings for public enjoyment. The heights of Old Bailey and Arbuthnot Wings, at 25 metres above the prison yard, will fully comply with the height guideline of 80 mPD (metres above Principal Datum, 1.23 metres below Mean Sea Level) gazetted in the May 2010 Outline Zoning Plan.

“To conserve and revitalise a historic site is not about mimicking the old,” said Ascan Mergenthaler, Senior Partner in charge of the CPS project for Herzog & de Meuron. “The new structures have been inserted to accommodate new cultural programme and building services which could not find a suitable home in the historical buildings without substantial alterations. In that sense, the new buildings establish a symbiotic relationship with the heritage buildings and inject new life both programmatically and functionally. They become an integral part of this unique “collection of buildings” defining the CPS site and through their massing and architectural expression they also facilitate connectivity within the site and between adjacent areas such as Central, SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong.”

The new buildings, occupying 22% of the total floor area, will provide arts, culture and building services space which cannot be accommodated in the heritage buildings. Old Bailey Wing will provide exhibition galleries, and Arbuthnot Wing will provide a multi-purpose performance or lecture venue with approximately 200 seats. The spaces in the new buildings will be provisioned with floor loading capacity and ceiling height necessary for supporting arts exhibitions and cultural activities that are not possible in the fragile older buildings.

37% of the total floor area of 25,959 square metres will be allocated for arts and culture, including gallery, multi-purpose, library, archive and arts organisation office space. 36% of the total floor area will be for public use and plant space. F&B and retail outlets, contributing to financial sustainability, will occupy the remaining 27% of the total floor area. The tenant selection policy will ensure a range of affordability and compatibility with heritage buildings.

The prison yard and the police parade ground will also be preserved, respectively, as the upper and lower courtyards, to provide additional open space. Including these two courtyards, the total area of major open spaces at the site is over 4,000 square metres. All safe, healthy trees in these courtyards will be preserved, with more trees to be planted. A green wall will also be created in the upper courtyard. Key locations in major historic buildings will be preserved to tell the overall heritage story in a holistic manner. An open air terrace on the Old Bailey Wing will be reserved as a vantage point for the public.

In addition to the existing public entrance at Pottinger Gate, an Old Bailey Gate, an Arbuthnot Gate and a footbridge connection to the Mid-levels Escalator are planned to open up what was previously a secure compound, for easy access and enjoyment by the public. Stairs and lifts will be provided to facilitate pedestrian connectivity between the upper courtyard near Chancery Lane and lower courtyard near Hollywood Road, and between SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong.

Executive Director of RDA Rocco Yim said, “The design plan integrates the site with its local community and the public at large by giving these historic buildings new life and new meaning.”

In parallel to the design process, the arts programming direction is being developed in line with an earlier study by an internationally respected, Hong Kong-based arts research organisation, Asia Art Archive. Based on wide-ranging consultations with the local arts community, the study identifies general support for a cultural complex with museum and exhibition gallery space for contemporary art. Leading Arts Advisor David Elliott has been appointed to continue to work with the local arts community and will make further recommendations in 2011. The new buildings, combined with the idiosyncratic spaces of the site’s heritage buildings, would provide many varied opportunities to show the very best in art and performance, and could accommodate smaller shows and talented up-and-coming artists who may not otherwise have the appropriate opportunities. The facilities could also become an important centre for training curators and arts management professionals and provide new homes for some of Hong Kong’s arts organisations, enabling synergy, collaboration and showcases leveraging the unique time and space of the CPS.

The design announced is capable of creating an arts and culture hub of local and international importance. Overall, the heritage of the CPS would be brought to life through an attractive, informative and educational journey through the heritage buildings and a high quality visitor centre. A wide range of visual and performing arts and cultural activities can be accommodated in the historic buildings, new extensions and courtyard spaces. These community activities, combined with attractive gathering spaces, restaurants and retail facilities, would provide an integrated recreational retreat for both the local community and overseas visitors.

The CPS design will be subject to statutory guidelines and procedures from the Town Planning Board (Section 16), Environmental Protection Department (EIA) and Planning Department (OZP). Restoration and construction are being planned to commence in 2011.


The Hong Kong Jockey Club appoints Rocco Design Architects Ltd. as Executive Architect to the Conservation and Revitalisation of the Central Police Station Compound Project 24 Mar 2009, Tuesday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is delighted to announce that Rocco Design Architects Ltd. (“RDA”) has been appointed Executive Architect to the Conservation and Revitalisation of the Central Police Station Compound (“CPS”) Project.

Representing Rocco Design Architects Ltd. is Mr Rocco Yim, a renowned and award-winning local architect born and educated in Hong Kong with more than 30 years of experience in architectural design. He will join the design architect, conservation architect, consultants on sustainability, culture and other leading professionals in forming the design team to work on this important project for Hong Kong.

Based on the parameters laid down by the Chief Executive-in-Council announced in July 2008, the Club and the design team has just begun to develop a new scheme for the CPS Compound. In this design process, the Club and the design team will fully respect the heritage values of the CPS Compound and take into consideration the views expressed during the public consultation period.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr William Y Yiu, Executive Director, Charities, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, says, “We are delighted to have Rocco on board. Rocco will bring to the design team his world-class expertise and in-depth local knowledge, which will prove invaluable to the project.”

“The Club has been looking forward to bringing in local talents wherever possible to contribute to this ground-breaking project for Hong Kong. With RDA’s appointment, we are now well positioned to move the project forward. With the other local consultants’ expertise and local knowledge, as well as the strengths of our international experts, we are confident that the design team will develop a new scheme for the CPS Compound project that will be acceptable to the community at large,” Mr Yiu adds.

Mr Yim also says, “It is my privilege to have the opportunity of working with world-class architects together with other local and overseas professionals on this important project for Hong Kong. As we develop the new scheme, we will fully respect the heritage values of the CPS Compound and will take into consideration the views expressed during the public consultation period. We are committed to delivering a project that will take heritage conservation and architecture in Hong Kong to the next level.”

As a long-standing not-for-profit institution in Hong Kong committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hong Kong, the Club is committed to developing a new design that will be acceptable to the community at large, with the ultimate aim of delivering a project that will make Hong Kong proud.


Government joining hands with HKJC to conserve and revitalise Central Police Station 15 Jul 2008, Tuesday

(Distributed via HKSAR Information Services Department)
The Government will enter into a partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) to take forward the conservation and revitalization of the Central Police Station (CPS) Compound.

The partnership project was endorsed by the Executive Council today (July 15) taking account of the results of a 6-month public engagement conducted by the HKJC between October 2007 and April 2008 and a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) on the CPS Compound commissioned by the HKJC.

The Government and the HKJC have agreed that the CPS project would proceed on the following basis –

  • The objective is to achieve both conservation and revitalisation of this highly important heritage site and to take the opportunity to showcase in Hong Kong how new and sustainable uses can be integrated creatively into a historic site whilst preserving its overall historic and architectural significance.
  • To provide within the CPS Compound a law and order museum to reflect the historical significance of the site and establish sustainable new arts and cultural uses, including a modest size auditorium, a black-box theatre, a gallery/lecture hall, gallery/exhibition space and ancillary facilities. No observation deck will be provided.
  • Given the physical constraints of the existing buildings, the recommendations of the CMP and the objective to establish new and sustainable uses, a new structure will be built within the site to accommodate the above facilities.
  • The height and bulk of the new structure should be suitably reduced from that previously proposed to address concerns and views collected during the public engagement exercise but the opportunity should be taken to create a reputable piece of contemporary architecture.
  • The restoration, conservation and development of the historic site and buildings in the CPS Compound will have to follow the requirements set by the Antiquities Authority and the project will be subject to the relevant statutory processes.

The site and buildings will be made available, but not granted, to HKJC which will undertake all renovation, conversion and new built works as well as manage, operate and maintain the CPS Compound as a turnkey project at its own expenses to be presented as a gift to the people of Hong Kong.

“We are confident that adherence to these six guiding principles will produce a shining example of heritage conservation work in Hong Kong under the new policy announced by the Chief Executive in his 2007 Policy Address,” said Mrs Carrie Lam, the Secretary for Development.

“Joint efforts with the HKJC will ensure early delivery of this major heritage project for the community. This spirit of co-operation is also in line with another important initiative of Development Bureau in revitalizing other government-owned historic buildings.

“We are much encouraged by the broad public support expressed for HKJC’s proposal during the 6-month public engagement. For an important heritage site like the CPS, people are clearly in favour of a non-profit-making operation with a strong government commitment.

“People have a legitimate aspiration to visit and enjoy this important cluster of monuments as early as possible. This is a time to act,” Mrs Lam added.

The CPS project however would still be subject to public scrutiny, including statutory requirements to be set by the Antiquities Authority and statutory processes including those under the Town Planning Ordinance and the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance. A detailed traffic impact assessment would also have to be conducted.

The Secretary for Development paid tribute to the HKJC for its commitment to the CPS project. Under the partnership with Government, the HKJC will meet all the capital and recurrent cost of the project; does not require ownership of the land or buildings; is not seeking any naming right; and will designate future surpluses from the project for other heritage work in Hong Kong.

“This is indeed a very laudable act of the HKJC and a long-lasting gift to the people of Hong Kong,” said Mrs Lam.

The Chairman of the HKJC, Mr John Chan, said, “We welcome the Government’s acceptance of the Club’s proposal and would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their support and their valuable views on the project. We are very glad that the Government will partner with the Club in this project. This is particularly important as the project has to undergo various statutory processes. It also showcases the importance of partnership between the government and not-for-profit organisations in realising the revitalisation plan of Hong Kong heritage.

“We have commissioned one of UK’s most respected firms of conservation architects to prepare a CMP. The recommendations in the CMP are in line with our belief that it is inappropriate simply to conserve the site in its entirety as a monument/museum. The CMP has also recognised that there would need to be some new construction on the site and recommended that any redevelopment or new construction on the site should respect the historic significance of the site.

“I am pleased to announce that we have advised the project’s design architects, Herzog & de Meuron, of the views collected from the public during the public consultation period and will advise them on details of the Government’s requirements. We are confident that the modifications to be made will be very much in line with what the public expects, as they will be based on, and will respond to, the views expressed by the public.”

The design architect of CPS Compound, Mr Pierre de Meuron, said that he had taken note of the views expressed by the general public in Hong Kong. “While we appreciate the public’s support for the project, we have also noted the different views expressed on our design and, accordingly, we will take these views into account in preparing a revised design for the new structure.

“The new design will still incorporate the necessary cultural elements, albeit that its height and bulk will be modified and the observation deck will be removed. “As with all our international projects, we will be involving local architects as part of our project team. We want and need their local input and knowledge to bring this project to fruition, so that the final product would truly reflect the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong,” Mr Meuron said.


Public consultation report on Central Police Station project submitted to Government 20 May 2008, Tuesday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club today (20 May) announced the release of the Public Consultation Report on its proposal to conserve and revitalise the historic Central Police Station (CPS) compound. The report, which has been submitted to the Government, can be downloaded from the project’s dedicated website www.centralpolicestation.org.hk. Annexes to the Report are available for public viewing at the Club’s headquarters at One Sports Road, Happy Valley*.

The six-month public consultation and engagement exercise was launched by the Club in mid-October last year following the Government’s announcement that it had accepted in principle the proposal submitted by the Club.

Despite a diversity of opinions on some aspects of the proposal, there was general support from the public for the Club to proceed with the project. “There was clear public sentiment that this important heritage site should not be left to deteriorate and there was also support for featuring arts and cultural elements in the plan so that it would not be over-commercialised,” said a spokesman for the Club.

The proposed new building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron to house the various performance and arts venues attracted considerable discussion and there were views directed at the height and bulk of the proposed new structure.

The spokesman explained that the Club has all along kept an open mind on the proposed design. “The Club will take into account all these views in finalising the detailed design of the project,” the spokesman added.

There were concerns about the “software” part of the project and that more efforts should be devoted to researching the history, heritage and architectural significance of the Compound and how these should be preserved.

The Club commissioned a British firm of conservation architects in January 2008 to undertake a thorough study on the Compound. A Conservation Management Plan will be prepared and published in due course.

During the six-month consultation period, the Club made over 50 presentations and briefings to a wide cross-section of the community including legislators, district councillors, statutory bodies, professional institutes, conservation groups, arts and cultural groups, academia and representatives from the business community and the tourism sector. The Club also organised four public forums and took part in two public meetings with residents and concern groups from the Central and Mid-Levels areas. In addition, a total of 567 written submissions were received via letters or e-mails.

“The Jockey Club would like to thank the many members of the public who have contributed their valuable views to this project,” said the spokesman. “We have now reached an important stage where the Club has passed the Public Consultation Report to the Government for their consideration on the way forward.”

* The arrangement has ceased with effect from 15 July 2008 when the project was endorsed by the Executive Council.


Free public exhibition brings Club’s Central Police Station proposal to life 10 Dec 2007, Monday

Fulfilling its promise to stage a comprehensive, six-month public consultation exercise on its HK$1.8 billion plan to conserve and revitalise the historic Central Police Station Compound, The Hong Kong Jockey Club tomorrow (11 December) will launch the first of a series of initiatives to explain the proposal in more detail: an exhibition at the Hong Kong Racing Museum entitled Conservation & Revitalisation – the Central Police Station Compound.

Through a series of photographs, videos, architectural plans, and site and process models, the exhibition takes visitors through the fascinating history of the compound – parts of which are more than 160 years old – before showing the present status of the buildings and how the Club plans to restore and inject new life into them for the public’s enjoyment. The exhibition is aimed at bringing the proposal to life and giving local residents a feeling of the ambience and atmosphere that will be created by the revitalisation.

Speaking at today’s opening ceremony, the Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges observed that although the Club’s proposal had attracted a huge amount of media interest, the public had only had a limited opportunity so far to see the plans in detail and to understand the rationale behind them. “Furthermore, we are keen to hear the public’s views on this important project so that we can ensure it best meets the needs and expectations of the people of Hong Kong,” he said. “We hope that as many local residents as possible will visit this exhibition and then let us have their comments.”

The Club believes that Hong Kong, as an international city blessed with a unique history and rich ‘East meets West’ cultural influences, has the opportunity to make its own mark in global heritage conservation. “We hope that our proposal will not only bring a positive outcome for conserving and revitalising the Central Police Station Compound, but also spark wider community discussions on how Hong Kong could make best use of its heritage assets,” Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges commented.

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, said at the ceremony that the Club’s revitalisation proposal for the Central Police Station Compound came most timely as the Government was committed to pressing ahead with sustainable and innovative heritage conservation work in Hong Kong. “The cluster of historic buildings in the Central Police Station Compound contains rich heritage value and has great potential to become a cultural landmark for the enjoyment of local people and overseas visitors,” she said.

Mrs Lam thanked The Hong Kong Jockey Club for its commitment to conserve and revitalise this historic compound and welcomed the exhibition as an effective way to gauge public opinion on the details of the proposal. She hoped the public could render their support to the project and offered constructive comments to the Club for further refining the proposal.

Also joining today’s ceremony were architects Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler, whose firm Herzog & de Meuron have conceptualised the Central Police Station revitalisation plan. Herzog & de Meuron has also been responsible for several other acclaimed heritage projects overseas including the Tate Modern in London, formerly a power station.

The Club also launched today a new website,
www.centralpolicestation.org.hk, which will allow the public to understand the project in further detail. Members of the public can leave their comments on a feedback form provided on this website, or submit their views by completing a questionnaire at the exhibition and dropping it into a suggestions box. A roving exhibition featuring the proposal will also be launched in early 2008.

Conservation & Revitalisation – the Central Police Station Compound will be open to the public from now until early May 2008, shortly after the consultation period ends on 10 April 2008. Admission is free. The Hong Kong Racing Museum is located on the second floor of the Happy Valley Stand at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wong Nai Chung Road (opposite the end of Queen’s Road East), and is open on Tuesdays to Sundays and most Public Holidays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. During day race meetings at Happy Valley, it opens from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm only. For enquiries, please contact the Racing Museum on (852) 2966 8065.


Club announces HK$1.8 billion “gift for Hong Kong” that will conserve Central Police Station site as new cultural icon 11 Oct 2007, Thursday

The Hong Kong Jockey Club today (11 October) announced more details of its innovative revitalisation proposal to conserve and refurbish the historic Central Police Station compound, as outlined by Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive Donald Tsang in his Policy Address yesterday.

Through The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Club will fund the HK$1.8 billion capital cost of renovating the disused 19th-century compound and transforming it into a heritage, arts, cultural, and tourism hub that will become a new iconic destination for Hong Kong.

Club Chairman John C C Chan said the Club was proud to present this “as a gift to the people of Hong Kong in celebration of the HKSAR’s 10th Anniversary”.

In order to create a landmark attraction for local residents and overseas visitors alike, the conservation plan will consist of a balanced mix of cultural, heritage and commercial elements. The buildings will be restored for adaptive re-use, commercially as well as for cultural and heritage purposes to display and interpret the site’s unique history. A connection between Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo will be created to enhance pedestrian circulation, with open public spaces and landscaping forming an important part of the restoration work.

A new iconic structure will be erected on the upper platform area to create a cultural complex that will include a 500-seat auditorium, a 500-seat theatre, two art cinemas, a gallery, a multipurpose exhibition space and supporting facilities.

Conversion work is expected to begin in January 2009 and it is envisaged that the entire site will be opened to the public in mid 2012.

Welcoming the proposal to revitalise the Central Police Station compound for adaptive re-use, the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, expressed gratitude to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for donating $1.8 billion for the renovation and development cost.

“The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s proposal fully realises the spirit of the adaptive re-use scheme for historic buildings, so as to transform these buildings into local cultural icons. The proposal is also in line with the vision of the Chief Executive on heritage conservation,” Mrs Lam said.

The Government will make the site available to the Club under a lease and an agreement setting out specific terms and conditions. All restoration, conservation and development work of the historic buildings will be in line with guidelines laid down by the Antiquities & Monuments Office.

“As stated in the Vienna Memorandum on World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture, the central challenge of contemporary architecture in the historic urban landscape is to respond to development dynamics on the one hand, so as to facilitate socio-economic changes and growth, while simultaneously respecting the inherited townscape and its landscape setting on the other,” Mr Chan said.

“Our planned mixture of commercial and cultural usage will ensure the vibrancy of the entire area, transforming a heritage site into a family destination for locals and visitors,” Mr Chan added. “We believe such a redevelopment will successfully integrate the community’s valuable heritage with contemporary architecture, creating a new cultural landmark for Hong Kong.”

The Club has commissioned internationally renowned architects from Switzerland, Herzog & de Meuron, as design architects for the project.

Executive Director, Charities, William Y Yiu, said the Club would work closely with the design architects, relevant consultants and Government departments to conduct a detailed assessment, in order to ensure that the project complied with all statutory planning, traffic and environmental requirements.

“Our plan is to retain the site’s historic value and extend its physical life, at the same time taking into account its cultural significance and protecting its heritage value through preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and integration. We intend to share detailed plans with the public in December through an exhibition at the Hong Kong Racing Museum, together with a series of symposiums, to gather more views from the community before the work starts,” he said.

The Club has already conducted a survey in mid-2006 to gauge the public’s views on how they would like to see the Central Police Station conserved and developed. It found that the majority of respondents expected the compound could offer them enough variety and potential to spend an entire day with families. The survey also found that over 90% of respondents would like to see retail and food and beverage outlets on the site, 90% were receptive to turning the compound into a cultural complex and 79% felt that the complex should become an icon of Hong Kong.
Besides bearing the HK$1.8 billion capital cost for renovation and development of the compound, the Club will fund recurrent deficits for its initial years of operation until it becomes financially self-sustaining. The Club intends to reinvest surplus cash flow from the project into other heritage conservation projects in Hong Kong.

This planned mode of operation follows the successful example of other major Club-supported community projects such as Ocean Park and the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, for which the Club has provided funding to cover the capital expenditure and initial operating costs, prior to the project becoming self-sustainable. Ocean Park is now a highly successful operation that continuously reinvests its surpluses in the further expansion and development of new attractions. Surpluses from the first two golf courses at Kau Sai Chau, meanwhile, have contributed almost half the cost of a third public course now under construction. In turn, the eventual surpluses from the third course will be put towards establishing Hong Kong’s first Golf Academy.

The Club has proposed to Government that the Central Police Station Compound project be managed by a limited company operating under the direction of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and supported by a Heritage Advisory Committee.