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 art, 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, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison compound were listed as Declared Monuments.


The Central Police Station compound was fully decommissioned.

Herzog & de Meuron was appointed by The Hong Kong Jockey Club to work on a design proposal for the revitalisation of the Central Police Station compound; 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) was appointed as Conservation Architect.

May 2008

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

Jan 2009

The concept design started for the current scheme.

Mar 2009

Rocco Design Architects were appointed as Executive Architect.

Investigation and Design
May 2010

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

Sep 2010

The Master Layout Plan was approved by the Town Planning Board.

Nov 2010

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

Preparatory Works and Surveys
Jul 2011

Gammon Construction Limited was appointed as Management Contractor.

Nov 2011

Pre-construction preparatory work started.

Foundations and Site Clearance
Mar 2012

Advanced work started — mobile cranes, service crawler cranes and piling rigs were mobilised at the site.

Restoration and New Construction
Mar 2014

Police Headquarters Block façade repair work was completed.

Nov 2014

Married Sergeants' Quarters and Single Inspectors' Quarters brick repair work was completed.

Feb 2015

The replacement of Chinese roof tiles was completed.