The Hong Kong Jockey Club
A partnership between The Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the former Central Police Station (CPS) 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. It aims to transform the historic site into a leading culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements are creatively integrated for all to enjoy.
Restoration works on 16 heritage buildings has proceeded with great care with results already starting to show, most notably in the Police Headquarters Block on Hollywood Road, where work has been completed on the roof and facade and internal refurbishment is now underway. While two new low-rise buildings designed by the internationally acclaimed architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron are going to be unveiled in the coming months, 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.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, through its Charities Trust, set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS), a not-for-profit company which provides heritage interpretation programmes across the site and collaborates closely with local and overseas art communities as partners in presenting contemporary art programmes.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class horse racing operator and Hong Kong’s largest community benefactor. Operating as a not-for-profit organisation, the HKJC allocates its surplus for charitable and community projects through its Charities Trust (“the Trust”). The Trust has a strong track record in supporting heritage conservation, as well as art and culture development in Hong Kong. Its effort in spearheading and managing the conservation and restoration of the former Central Police Station site is a prime example of this commitment. Other examples include to support the Asia Society Hong Kong Center to revitalise the former British explosives magazine site; to fund three Hong Kong’s traditional festive events on the national list of intangible cultural heritage (namely Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Cheung Chau Jiao Festival and the Tai O Traditional Dragon Boat Water Parade); to fund the establishment of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the first institution in the city dedicated to cultivating young talent in the performing arts; and to support local arts and cultural activities such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Le French May, and major exhibitions with partnership between the Trust and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Working with Government, non-governmental organisations and community partners, the Trust is committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hong Kong, and providing immediate relief to those most in need. As a dynamic and transformative philanthropic organisation in its own right, the Trust also proactively identifies and initiates projects that anticipate future community and social needs.
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