The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is moving ahead with preparations for the opening of the site, to be done in three phases beginning in the middle of this year. Interior fit-outs are now underway after receiving statutory permits and certificates.
The site (which will be operated as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts) comprises of three declared monuments: the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. The compound has a total of 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces, with a new art gallery building and an auditorium building being added to it.
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.
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
The revitalisation project is led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club) in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR. "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," said Leong Cheung, the Club's Executive Director, Charities and Community.
"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 May 25, 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 soon.