Tai Kwun


A rare haven of peace in the centre of a vibrant city, the restored Central Police Station compound will be a new kind of cultural hub accessible to everyone.

Its 16 heritage buildings, two new buildings and outdoor spaces offer multi-purpose venues where various organisations and artists in residence will enrich Hong Kong’s cultural life through collaborative programmes, exhibitions, events and performances.

Operating on a not-for-profit model on the site, Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts will showcase the best in film, photography, music, performance, design, culture and heritage from Hong Kong, the region and the world.

A changing programme of artists-in-residence working in different media, exhibitions, performances and events will animate the site which will have a large public projection screen and performance area under the new multi-purpose hall.

The site will also feature a selection of restaurants and shops that offer culturally meaningful experiences. Income from these establishments will contribute to the maintenance and sustainability of the site.

Revitalisation Timeline


The former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and the Victoria Prison listed as Declared Monuments.


The Central Police Station compound was fully decommissioned.

Herzog & de Meuron appointed by The Hong Kong Jockey Club to work on a design proposal for the revitalisation of the Central Police Station — Concept design work started.

Oct 2007

The Government of Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced a not-for-profit plan to fund the revitalisation of the Central Police Station compound.

Feasibility Study Phase
Jan 2008

Purcell Miller Tritton (renamed as Purcell) appointed as Conservation Architect.

May 2008

Public consultation report on The Hong Kong Jockey Club's initial proposal was announced.

Jan 2009

Concept Design started for current scheme.

Mar 2009

Rocco Design Architects appointed as Executive Architect.

Investigation and Design
May 2010

Outline Zoning Plan guidelines set height restriction of 80mPD for the site.

Sep 2010

Master Layout Plan approved by the Town Planning Board

Nov 2010

The project scheme of the Central Police Station compound had been announced, a heritage-led plan to conserve and revitalise the historical site.

Preparatory Works and Surveys
Jul 2011

Gammon Construction Limited appointed as Management Contractor.

Nov 2011

Pre-construction preparatory works started.

Foundations and Site Clearance
Mar 2012

Advanced works started — mobile cranes, service crawler cranes, and piling rigs mobilised to the site.

Restoration and New Construction
Mar 2014

Police Headquarters Block façade repair works completed.

Nov 2014

Married Sergeants' Quarters and Single Inspectors' Quarters brick repair works completed.

Feb 2015

Chinese roof tiles replacement completed.