Revitalisation Timeline


A rare haven of peace in the centre of a vibrant city, the restored Central Police Station compound is 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 can 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 showcases 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 animates the site which includes a large public projection screen and performance area under the new multi-purpose hall.

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


The former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and the Victoria Prison 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; concept design work started.

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.


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

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

Purcell prepared a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) of the Central Police Station (CPS) Compound, which suggested an appropriate conservation and management model for the compound.

Concept Design commenced for current scheme.

Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd were appointed as Executive Architect.


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

Master Layout Plan was approved by the Town Planning Board.

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


Lisa Oestreicher, an independent paint analyst, completed the Phase I Paint Research Report.

Gammon Construction Limited was appointed as Management Contractor.


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

The Architectural Conservation Laboratory of the University of Hong Kong completed the Phase II Paint Analysis Report.

Purcell prepared an Interim Review Report for CMP in order to enhance the historical research and corresponding conservation policies under the plan.


Two murals on the ground floor of the Superintendent’s House were unexpectedly revealed during paint removal work. 

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron Architects (HdM), two new buildings, an art gallery “JC Contemporary” and auditorium “JC Cube”, were completed for contemporary use. In May, Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts opened to the public in phases.