The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust) today announced the formation of a committee representing broad community interests to select the heritage and contemporary art operator for the Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project.
Upon finalisation of selection arrangements by the Selection Committee, the Trust will issue a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) early next year to invite interested parties to submit proposals to undertake heritage and contemporary art programming for the project. The selected operator has the important role of developing and implementing heritage and contemporary art programming for CPS upon completion of revitalisation works in late 2015.
Michael Lee, Trustee, said, “To ensure a fair and open selection process, we have formed a selection committee made up of knowledgeable, insightful and well-respected individuals from various sectors, including heritage conservation, art and culture, business and professional and the academia, as well as representatives of the government, the community and the Trust. The Committee is chaired by Mr Bernard Chan, who brings with him a wealth of experience in heritage site revitalisation and community services.”
“The Selection Committee will review and assess proposals with a balanced emphasis on the respondents’ vision and commitment, their capability in providing rich and diversified heritage and art programming, community involvement, good governance and operational sustainability,” he added.
Bernard Chan, Chairman of the Selection Committee said, “The CPS is a unique cluster of historically significant buildings in Hong Kong. I am honoured to be invited to contribute to the selection process and I look forward to working closely with fellow committee members to evaluate the proposals carefully, impartially and faithfully, and recommend the operator that could represent the best interest of the community.”
Also announced today was a committee tasked with selecting the commercial operator for a cultural and leisure facility at the Central Magistracy and food and beverage operators for the rest of the CPS site. These commercial operators will provide services to visitors and provide income to help sustain the site. Commercial operations are expected to take up 27% of the construction area at the site with the remaining devoted to heritage and arts as well as functional use such as public circulation, plant room, etc. In order to ensure these future operators meet the stringent buildings standards and operational and financial requirements, the committee draws upon The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s internal expertise in property management, finance and hospitality. It also has independent members with experience in heritage conservation and community representation to ensure that the heritage value and community interest are given full consideration in the selection process.
The two committees will review the proposals and identify the operators in phases during 2014.
Information on the two selection committees is attached (Appendixes 1 and 2) and is also available on the project website:
http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/news-resources/news/news.asp?date=23 December 2013
About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is an important initiative to conserve and revitalise the heritage site comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison for adaptive reuse. The Project includes the conservation of 16 buildings of historical or architectural significance and several open spaces on the 3.37-acre site. To support activities on the revitalised site, an international renowned firm of architects, Herzog & de Meuron, has been engaged to design two new buildings, tentatively named the Old Bailey Wing and Arbuthnot Wing. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art and exhibition areas and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk.
The Selection Committee for the Heritage and Contemporary Art Operator
Mr Bernard CHAN, GBS, JP
Born and educated in Hong Kong before studying studio art at Pomona College in the United States, Mr CHAN is actively engaged in a broad range of social policy areas, including arts and culture, heritage and conservation, and health and medical issues. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star Medal in 2006. He chairs a number of public bodies, including the Council for Sustainable Development, the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Mr CHAN is the President of Asia Financial Holdings Limited and Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong SAR.
(In alphabetical order of last names)
Mr John BATTEN
Mr BATTEN lives in Hong Kong and is Convenor of the Central and Western Concern Group, an heritage and urban planning advocacy group; Organiser of the Hong Kong ArtWalk and President of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong (AICAHK). He is an independent art curator, cultural commentator and art critic and is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and Perspective architectural magazine.
Mr Stephen CHAN, Chit-kwai, BBS, JP
Having served as a district councillor on the Central and Western District Council since 1992, Mr CHAN is an active supporter for heritage conservation in the local community. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2000 and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2012 for his community services over the years. Mr CHAN is the Chairman of the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage, Member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and the Intangible Culture Heritage Advisory Committee, Manager of the University of Hong Kong Medical Students residence and the President of the HKU Staff Association.
Ms CHENG Lai-king
Ms CHENG, Member of the Central and Western District Council, has been following heritage conservation in the community for many years. She participates in a number of concern groups, including the District Council’s Working Group on Concern over the Development of the Central Police Station Compound and Former Police Married Quarters and the Central Oasis Community Advisory Committee for the Central Market. Ms CHENG is a social worker.
Ms Vivian KO, Wai-kwan
Ms KO is a representative of the Development Bureau, HKSAR Government.
Ir Albert LAI, Kwong-tak
Engineer by profession, Ir LAI has been an advocate for sustainable development, environment protection and heritage conservation in Hong Kong for over three decades. He is the founding chairman of the Professional Commons, Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage and Hong Kong People’s Council for Sustainable Development, and has served as a member of government advisory bodies such as the Commission on Strategic Development.
Ms Vivian LAU, Sio-kuan
Ms LAU has a strong interest in heritage and conservation, and arts and culture, and actively participates in various advisory bodies, namely, the Science Museum Advisory Panel and the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings. Ms LAU is an advocate for youth and women and represents Hong Kong on international youth and women events. She is now Chief Executive Officer of the Junior Achievement Hong Kong and Director of the Pacific Air Limited.
Mr Dick LEE, Ming-kwai, GBS
Mr LEE retired from the office of Commissioner of Police in 2007 after 34 years of distinguished service, including several years in the former Central Police Station. Mr LEE was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star Medal in 2007 for his outstanding public service. He is now the Executive Director for the Hong Kong Institute for Public Administration.
Mr Maurice LEE, Wai-man, BBS, JP
Mr LEE serves as Member on a number of arts and culture committees and bodies, including the Advisory Committee on Arts Development, Hong Kong Film Development Council, Radio Television Hong Kong Board of Advisors, etc. Mr LEE was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2011 for his distinguished public service on art and culture. He is a writer / radio host and solicitor, serving as legal advisor to several organisations related to creative and media industries on pro bono basis.
Mr Michael LEE, Tze-hau, JP
Mr LEE, graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree in business administration, is actively involved in promoting corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. He serves a number of charities and sports organisations, including Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, Helping Hands and Hong Kong Sports Institute. Mr LEE is currently a director of Oxer Limited, a steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, as well as a non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited and several other publicly-listed companies in Hong Kong. Mr LEE represents the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
Prof Samuel LEONG
Prof LEONG has a multifarious academic and international background in interdisciplinary research spanning education and research, performance and wellness, cultural policy and creative industries. He is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Prof LEONG is also the Director of UNESCO Arts in Education Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education. He has given invited presentations in five continents including the World Alliance for Arts Education World Summit, World Learning Conference, and World Creativity Summit.
Prof Eva MAN, Kit-wah
Prof MAN received her doctorate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with research interests in comparative aesthetics, feminist aesthetics and philosophy. She is now the Head and Professor of Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of the Hong Kong Baptist University, and an active member of the Chinese Society for Aesthetics. Prof MAN is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Director of the City Contemporary Dance Company and 1a Space at Cattle Depot, and a Committee Member of the International Association of Aesthetics.
Mr Fredric MAO, Chun-fai, BBS
An internationally renowned veteran in performing arts scene, Mr MAO joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) as Head of Acting since its inception in 1985. He was the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre from 2001 to 2008 and was bestowed the honour of “Director Laureate” upon his departure. In 2004, Mr MAO was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the local performing art scene. He is currently the Deputy Chairman for the HKAPA’s Council, the Convener of Hong Kong/Taiwan Cultural Cooperation Committee, and the Founder/Director of Performing Arts Asia.
Ms Kathy SIU, Ka-yi
Ms SIU is a full-time District Councillor of the Central and Western District and has a strong interest in conservation and development in the community. She is Vice-chairman of the Culture, Leisure and Social Affairs Committee and Member of the Working Group on Concern over the Development of the Central Police Station Compound and Former Police Married Quarters under the Central and Western District Council.
Ms Eve TAM, Mei-yee
Ms TAM is a representative of the Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR Government.
Ms Ada WONG, Ying-kay, JP
Founder of a number of local cultural institutions, art groups and one of Hong Kong’s art high schools, Ms WONG is actively engaged in promoting arts and culture in Hong Kong. She was elected into the former Urban Council and the Wan Chai District Council. Ms WONG now serves as a Director for the Board of the Hong Kong Design Centre, Member of the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Member of the Art Museum Advisory Panel and Member of Viva Blue House Steering Committee. She is a solicitor.
Mr Stanley WONG, Ping-pui (Anothermountainman)
Mr WONG worked as Creative Director for many renowned advertising companies. In 2007, he set up 84000 Communications Ltd., a brand consulting agency focusing on commercial, cultural branding and promotion work. He has won more than 500 awards in fine art, photography, graphic design and advertising in Hong Kong and abroad. His works “Redwhiteblue” have won critical acclaim both locally and internationally and had travelled to Venice at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Mr WONG was also awarded the Artist of the Year 2011 (Visual Arts) from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 from Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Dr Wilfred WONG, Ying-wai, SBS, JP
Dr WONG has an extensive experience in serving advisory boards and committees related to arts and culture. He is now the Chairman of the Arts Development Council, Chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council. For his distinguished public service, Dr WONG was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star Medal in 2007. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hsin Chong Construction Group Limited.
Mr David YIP, Wing-shing, BBS, MH, JP
Mr YIP, Chairman of the Central and Western District Council, is actively engaged in youth service and development. In addition to his role in the District Council, he is the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Scout Association of Hong Kong, Member of the Commission on Youth, Convenor of the Youth Programme Co-ordinating Committee. Mr YIP received the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2011.
The Selection Committee for the Integrated Cultural and Leisure Operator at the Central Magistracy and Food and Beverage Operators
Mr Michael J MOIR, FRICS, MICE
Mr Moir is the Director of Property of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a position he has held since March 2010. He has a wide range of experience in the Hong Kong property industry and was formerly a Director of Swire Properties and PCCW Infrastructure.
(In alphabetical order of last names)
Mr Jackie CHEUNG Yick-hung
Mr Cheung has been serving the Central community as a Member of the Central and Western District Council. An advocate for conserving Central’s heritage, he is the Chairman of the District Council’s Working Group on Concern over the Development of the Central Police Station Compound and Former Police Married Quarters. Mr Cheung is a solicitor.
Mr Andrew LAM, Siu-lo, JP
Town Planner by profession, Mr Lam is an active supporter for heritage conservation and cultural development. He serves on a number of government advisory committees, including as Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Member of the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings, and Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Mr Kurt SCHWARTZ
Mr Schwartz worked at the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 1992 to 2005 as Happy Valley Clubhouse Manager and Manager, Racecourse Catering respectively. He re-joined the Club in March 2008 as the Head of Hospitality Services (Operations). He is responsible for the catering facilities and recreation services at the four Clubhouses and the two Racecourses. His past experience included hotels in South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia and he was one of the opening team members at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Mr Wilson TAI, ACA
Mr Tai joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2008 and is the Financial Controller for the Membership, Charities, and Corporate Affairs Divisions. He has in-depth corporate financial experience across various business sectors in the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong SAR, mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region.