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Phased-opening of Tai Kwun to mark a major milestone for heritage revitalisation in Hong Kong 10 May 2018, Thursday

Online booking available from 10 May for late-May visits

The last week of May will see a major milestone for heritage and arts in Hong Kong. The revitalised Central Police Station compound, the largest heritage project in Hong Kong, will open its doors to the public as Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Involving the conservation and revitalisation of 16 heritage buildings, and the development of two new buildings to provide space for art exhibitions and performances, this large-scale heritage and arts project has been led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

Reflecting on the achievement, the Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said: “We have preserved one of Hong Kong’s largest and most important heritage sites, and created a valuable asset for our community. In doing so we have gained valuable experience which will benefit other heritage projects in Hong Kong.”

Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges noted that when the Central Police Station compound closed in 2006, the Government decided that this prime location in the heart of Central should be preserved as a public space for the benefit of all. The Club shared the government’s view and was keen to give its support: arts, culture and heritage being a key area of strategic focus for the Club’s charitable donations.

To achieve this objective, the Club was determined to adhere to the highest standards, even if this involved significant additional investment.

International experts were engaged, supported by Hong Kong professionals. The lead designer, Herzog & de Meuron, had previously worked on Tate Modern in London, while Purcell, the heritage architect, had worked on St Paul’s Cathedral in London. 

Restoration plans were developed for each of the 16 heritage buildings, all of which were found to be in a much poorer state of repair than originally anticipated. Work was carried out with the utmost care, building-by-building, room-by room. Where possible, the original materials were restored and reinstated. Where not, replacements were fabricated that were as close to the originals as possible.

Two new buildings - JC Contemporary and JC Cube – were conceived to house an art gallery and performance space respectively. They were carefully designed to reflect the existing fabric of the site while also being distinctive, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

 “To accomplish the vision, to adhere to the principles of best practice, and to ensure world-class quality, our Board of Stewards was willing to commit a significant investment. To date we have invested HK$3.8 billion. We believe it is a worthwhile investment considering the value this asset will bring to our community for decades to come.

 “Now, with the platform in place we are preparing for the next stage of the project – the opening of Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts. This will focus on the three pillars of heritage, contemporary art and performing arts. In support of its programming and operations, the Club has earmarked significant funds over the next two years,” said Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges.

 

Rich programme of tours, exhibitions and performances  

Looking forward to the opening of Tai Kwun, Leong Cheung Executive Director, Charities and Community at the Club explained there would be a wide choice of offerings, including heritage tours, art tours, performances and exhibitions.

“Tai Kwun will offer a wide range of heritage and arts activities and programmes aimed at enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong. Tai Kwun perfectly embodies the Club’s values of serving the community and continuous development as well as our commitment to upholding the highest standards,” said Leong Cheung.

Visitors can learn about the historic site and its relationship with its neighbourhood at the “100 Faces of Tai Kwun” multi-media exhibition, which features anecdotes shared via videos, radio drama and audio-visual interactive devices. There will also be guided tours and exhibitions throughout the compound,  telling the stories of the site and the people who have lived or worked there.

A strong cast of exciting local and international artists will headline the two opening contemporary art exhibitions. Both shows are inspired by the rich heritage that underpins the site and the surrounding Central district. Taking centre stage is a debut exhibition by emerging artist Wing Po So, who was raised in the area that is now known as SOHO. She delves into Chinese medicine, pharmacology and science in her artworks to engage in an archaeological exploration of materiality and history in Hong Kong. Featuring an international mix of artists, including ten from Hong Kong, the group show “Dismantling the Scaffold” is inspired by the history of the site and the sense of a new beginning.

There will also be a wide range of performances throughout Tai Kwun, including acapella singing, an air puppet show, circus acts, lunch-time concerts and film screenings.

“With the aim of nurturing local talent, Tai Kwun will create a platform for interactions between local, regional and international artists. Programming in the three fields of heritage, contemporary art and performing arts will be complemented by education and engagement programmes. All of this will contribute to a culturally vibrant Hong Kong and help enrich the quality of life of Hong Kong people,” said Timothy Calnin, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun.

 

Opening arrangements

An opening ceremony for Tai Kwun will take place on 25 May 2018, to be followed by community days and organised visits for a limited number of visitors over the following two days. This will give Tai Kwun an opportunity to fine-tune its operation, a process which will continue through the first weeks of opening.

“During the initial opening period, we will implement access management measures to keep the number of visitors at an optimal level to facilitate a smooth visitor experience for all,” said Calnin.

Beginning 10 May 2018, online booking will be accepted for the Tai Kwun Pass, which will provide access to the site from 29 May 2018 onwards.  Booking details will be available on the official website, http://taikwun.hk.  Pass-holders will be guaranteed entry to Tai Kwun.  Walk-in visitors will be welcome later in June. 

The first phase of opening includes 11 heritage buildings, the new art galleries and auditorium, and the Parade Ground and Prison Yard. The first 11 heritage buildings to open are: the Police Headquarters Block (Block 1), Barrack Block (Block 3), Ablutions Block (Block 8), Superintendent’s House (Block 10), Bauhinia House (Block 19), and Halls A to F (Blocks 11-15, 17). 

Details of the opening programmes and services for visitors can be found at http://taikwun.hk.

 

About Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts   

“Arts, culture and heritage” is one of The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s strategic areas of charitable contribution. The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is the largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project undertaken by the Club and has been carried out in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR. 

The CPS compound comprises16 historic buildings, including three declared monuments (Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison), on a 13,600-square-metre site in the heart of Central. An international-grade art gallery and an auditorium have been added to contribute to the adaptive reuse of the site.

In addition to undertaking the CPS Revitalisation Project, the Club’s Charities Trust has set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited to manage and operate the site as Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts.      

Tai Kwun is the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding CPS compound. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the site.

 

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Central Police Station compound prepares for phased opening after receiving statutory permits and certificates 19 Apr 2018, Thursday

Largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project in Hong Kong to open as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts

 

The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is moving ahead with preparations for the opening of the CPS site, in three phases beginning in mid-2018. The site will be operated as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, named after the local colloquial name for the historic compound.

Statutory permits and certificates have been obtained for the project following the completion of inspections of 15 historic buildings, the new art gallery and auditorium buildings and associated structures in the CPS compound. Conservation, restoration and construction works have been certified by the authorities as having been carried out according to the approved building plans, and meeting the buildings, antiquities protection and public safety requirements.

The opening of the compound will take place in phases. Interior fitting out works are being carried out in 11 historic buildings, namely, the Police Headquarters Block (Block 1), Barrack Block (Block 3), Ablutions Block (Block 8), Superintendent’s House (Block 10), Bauhinia House (Block 19), and Halls A to F (Block 11-15, 17). These buildings, together with the new art galleries and new auditorium, and the outdoor spaces of the Parade Ground and the Prison Yard, will be opened in mid-2018. Interior works are ongoing in four other buildings, namely the Armoury (Block 2), Married Sergeants’ Quarters (Block 6), Single Inspectors’ Quarters (Block 7) and Central Magistracy (Block 9) and these buildings are targeted for opening later in 2018. A recovery plan is being formulated for the Married Inspectors’ Quarters (Block 4) which collapsed partially in 2016. Further details of the works to be carried out on Block 4 and its opening arrangement will be announced later.

The revitalisation project is led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club) in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR. Since the project involves restoring many old buildings in poor condition and building new ones at a technically challenging site, the Club has worked closely with the government authorities, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders. This has ensured the compound is fit for adaptive reuse after conservation and revitalisation.

Comprising a cluster of three declared monuments with a total of 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces on the 13,600-square-metre site in the heart of Central, the project is by far the largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project in Hong Kong and the largest such project undertaken by the Club.

“We are delighted to have completed the majority of works and received statutory permits and certificates for most of the facilities. Building on this important milestone, we shall continue to give our best to explore the next phases in the Tai Kwun journey,” Leong Cheung, the Club’s Executive Director, Charities and Community, said. “True to the Club’s spirit of pursuing world-class excellence, the revitalisation works have been carried out meticulously. We look forward to reinvigorating the heritage site by offering a vibrant heritage, arts and lifestyle experiences to promote cultural appreciation, exploration and learning, talent development, and most importantly, open up a once closed-off part of Hong Kong and transforming it into an alluring new space for the neighbourhood and indeed everyone to enjoy.”

“In the coming weeks, we shall continue to dedicate all our efforts to the final preparations for Tai Kwun’s opening. These include completion of interior fit-outs, the installation, testing and trial runs of a full range of facilities, systems and equipment, staff recruitment and training, as well as putting the final touches on the opening programmes and activities,” Timothy Calnin, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun said.

A series of tests of the facilities have begun, with more trial runs planned for the next few weeks. An opening ceremony is planned for 25 May 2018, which will be followed by community days and visits, initially for a limited number of visitors. This will give Tai Kwun an opportunity to fine-tune its operation before the site is fully open. Details of the opening and visit arrangements, programmes and services for visitors will be announced in due course.

 

About Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts   
“Arts, culture and heritage” is one of the strategic areas of charitable contributions of The Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club). The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project is the largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project undertaken by the Club, in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR.

The CPS compound comprises three declared monuments of the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, with 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces on a 13,600-square-metre site in the heart of Central. An international-grade art gallery and an auditorium have been added to contribute to the adaptive reuse of the whole site.

HKJC undertakes the CPS Revitalisation Project to conserve and revitalise the CPS compound and through its Charities Trust, set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited to manage and operate the site as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Tai Kwun is the local colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding CPS compound. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited for the project as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.

 

Indicative schedule of Tai Kwun phased opening:

Mid-2018 Later in 2018 (targeted) Recovery Proposal Being Formulated
01 - Block 1 – Police Headquarters Block             02 - Block 2 – Armoury 04 - Block 4 – Married Inspectors’ Quarters       
03 - Block 3 – Barrack Block 06 - Block 6 – Married Sergeants’ Quarters           
08 - Block 8 – Ablutions Block 07 - Block 7 – Single Inspector’s Quarters  
10 - Block 10 – Superintendent’s House 09 -  Block 9 – Central Magistracy  
11 Block 11 – A Hall    
12 - Block 12 – B Hall    
13 - Block 13 – C Hall    
14 - Block 14 – D Hall    
15 - Block 15 – E Hall    
17 - Block 17 – F Hall    
19 - Block 19 – Bauhinia House    
PG - Parade Ground    
PY - Prison Yard    
20 – Art galleries    
21 - Auditorium    

 

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The Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation project has received the necessary statutory permits and certificates for the project. Interior fit-outs are now underway, with phased opening expected to commence mid-2018. HKJC undertakes the CPS Revitalisation Project to conserve and revitalise the CPS compound and through its Charities Trust, set up The Jockey Club CPS Limited to manage and operate the site as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts.

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Comprising three declared monuments, the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, the CPS compound has a total of 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces, with a new art gallery building and an auditorium building added to it.


Third batch of operators announced for Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 17 May 2016, Tuesday

Tai Kwun announced today the appointment of three operators that will provide food and beverage services in the Central Police Station compound after completion of revitalisation works.

Lock Cha Tea House Limited will serve Chinese tea bought directly from tea farmers and vegetarian dim-sum. The 150 square-metre tea house, to be called LockCha Te’atelier, will be located on the ground floor of the Headquarters Block, facing the Parade Ground. The company currently operates teahouses at local heritage sites, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in Hong Kong Park and Jao Tsung-I Academy.

Long Chim (Hong Kong) Limited will operate a casual dining restaurant serving Thai street fare under the direction of David Thompson, a leading authority on Thai cuisine. The restaurant, to be called Long Chim which means “to come and taste”, will occupy 450 square metres of space at the Armoury building facing the Parade Ground.

Cornhill Limited of the Aqua Restaurant Group will take up residence on the first floor of the heritage Headquarters Block, in the former home of the police officers’ mess. The 920 square-metre space will operate as two linked ‘sister’ restaurants showcasing the Western and Eastern faces of classic Hong Kong.

In tune with Tai Kwun’s requirement for operators to support leisure activities at the compound, Lock Cha Tea House Limited will hold tea appreciation classes, demonstration workshops, Chinese music tea concerts and other cultural activities at the premises. Long Chim (Hong Kong) Limited and Cornhill Limited are also developing plans for cultural programmes aimed at enriching visitors’ experience.

“We have to date appointed eight food and beverage operators, vindicating our aim to bring in operators to offer diverse cuisine types at a broad price range to service visitors and support the maintenance of the revitalised compound,” said Mr. Euan Upston, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun.

In the last few months, Tai Kwun has announced the appointment of operators, including a social enterprise café, a noodle shop, an integrated cultural and leisure operator at the magistracy building, a French café and a small bar restaurant. In addition, the police will also set up a police service centre at the Headquarters Block. More operators will be announced in 2016.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art
Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Tai Kwun announced the formation of Advisory Committee 3 May 2016, Tuesday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS), trading as Tai Kwun, today announced the formation of an Advisory Committee to advise the Board of Directors on the operation and management of the revitalised Central Police Station site.

The Advisory Committee has the mandate to advise the Board on the overall strategic direction relating to the operation and management of the site, the overall strategies relating to public relations and engagement of stakeholders, and objective and suitable performance indicators.

The Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan, non-official Member of the Executive Council, has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee. The Hon Chan is currently Chairman of Tai Kwun’s Art Working Group and served as the chairman of a committee tasked with selecting an integrated heritage and art operator for the site in 2013-2014. 

Members of the Advisory Committee include individuals from the heritage, arts, community and education, and business sectors and members of the Central and Western District Council, and were appointed to represent views of the wider public.

The Commissioner for Heritage of the HKSAR Government, a senior management representative of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and a senior management representative of Tai Kwun will sit on the Advisory Committee as ex-officio members. 

The full list of the members and their background information is available as an appendix to this press release. 

Meanwhile, to prepare for site opening, two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and the Art Working Group, will continue to assist the Tai Kwun management in formulating programming policies, provide comments and suggestions on the proposed programmes, and provide expert advice on the content of the heritage programmes and art programmes respectively.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art

Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit company set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Police to return to former headquarters a decade after its decommissioning Tai Kwun announces appointment of more operators to Central Police Station compound 2 Feb 2016, Tuesday

A police service centre will be established at the Headquarters Block of the former Central Police Station compound, becoming the first operation to serve the public at the revitalised heritage site.

With approximately 100 square metres of space, the police service centre will have 24-hour access for the public from Hollywood Road. The neo-Classical style Headquarters Block was one of the most imposing buildings in the Central Police Station compound. Built in 1919, it was used for a variety of purposes until the phased decommissioning of the compound between 2005 and 2006.

“For more than one and a half century, the Central Police Station compound had been a bulwark for law and order until it was decommissioned and revitalised for adaptive reuse. It is our pleasure to welcome back the police to the compound and see that law enforcement will continue to play a part in the new chapter of the site history,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS, Tai Kwun, the not-for-profit company tasked with transforming the heritage site into a centre for heritage and art.

With due considerations given to operational efficiency, the interior of the police service centre is designed to have elements that will be reminiscent of the police reporting rooms of the old days. The police service centre is expected to become operational in the summer of 2016, several months ahead of the completion of fitting out works of other operators, scheduled for late 2016.

Following the announcement of the appointment of the first batch of operators in December 2015, Tai Kwun has appointed more operators to help enliven the site. French Creations Limited will operate a Parisian style café on the ground floor of the Headquarters Block, facing the Parade Ground. The café will have indoor and outdoor areas of approximately 150 square metres, and will be named Café Claudel, after Paul Claudel (1868-1955) the famous French poet, playwright and diplomat. Some of Paul Claudel’s works were influenced by Hong Kong, as can be seen in Le partage de midi (Break at Noon) in which a scene takes place in a cemetery in Happy Valley, and the foreword of the 1927 edition of the anthology Connaissance de l’Est (The East I Know) contains a poem entitled Hong Kong.

With a view to contributing to cultural activities at the compound, French Creations Limited has plans to host cultural events at the café and make regular donations, based on business sales, to local charities including those supporting underprivileged children and children education development.

New Era Worldwide Limited will operate a bar restaurant, tentatively called BRU Beer & Bite with approximately 180 square metres of indoor and outdoor spaces, on the ground floor of the Married Sergeants’ Quarters. The building is situated near the junction of Hollywood Road, Wyndham Street and Arbuthnot Road, an area well known for retail and commercial operations.

The operational concepts of these operations are subject to approvals of the authorities and licensing conditions.

Meanwhile, Tai Kwun is requesting for proposals from parties interested in operating retail outlets, and in operating a restaurant, a lounge as well as catering services. For details, visit this link: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/opportunities/tenants/.

Altogether the leisure operators will take up no more than 27% of the construction floor area of 27,900 square metres, and the other floor areas will be used for cultural activities, public circulation and buildings facilities.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art

Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Tai Kwun announces the first batch of leisure service operators 8 Dec 2015, Tuesday

Following the formation of programming teams to plan heritage interpretation and art activities, Tai Kwun, the operator of the revitalised Central Police Station compound, today announced the appointment of the first batch of leisure service operators. These operators will provide services to visitors and enrich visitors’ experience, as well as provide income to help sustain the operations and maintenance of the site.

“Tai Kwun aims to transform the once closed compound into a centre for heritage and art for all to enjoy, and a key aspect of openness is to bring in operators offering diverse services at a broad price range to cater for the different needs of the visitors,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS.

“To support the integration of heritage, art and leisure elements, these outlets will be located at various parts of the site, providing service points for the visitors along heritage interpretation routes and between art and culture venues in the compound,” Mr. Upston said.

“Leisure service operators will be encouraged to design their offerings so as to be compatible with the character of the compound, and to hold cultural activities to support Tai Kwun’s programmes at the site,” he added.

Lifestyle Investments has been appointed to provide integrated cultural and leisure services at the Central Magistracy building under the name “The Magistracy”. It will showcase a combination of dedicated art functions, such as art galleries and art workshops with free entry, alongside food and beverage outlets, lifestyle components and retail shops in 2,100 square metres of space. Proceeds from the retail shops will go to support art development in Hong Kong via the Sovereign Art Foundation. (A court room and the connecting holding cell in the building, with a combined area of approximately 200 square metres, will be used by the Tai Kwun heritage programme team for heritage interpretation programmes.)

David Sarner, the CEO of Lifestyle Investments said, “We are honoured and excited to have the unique opportunity of participating in revitalising such an important symbol of Hong Kong history and contributing to the development of contemporary art and conservation of heritage in Hong Kong.”

“Not only is the iconic Neo-Classical building a symbol of Hong Kong judicial history, but it is also physically configured in such a way that allows an opportunity to activate the magnificent maze of court rooms, magistrates’ chambers and holding cells into a dynamic and vibrant integrated outlet, a destination within a destination,” Mr. Sarner said.

“We are fully committed to using our experience in managing commercial operations in heritage buildings in the United States, Australia, Thailand and Myanmar to conserve the Central Magistracy and bring it to life again,” he added.

Hong Chi Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families, will operate a food and beverage social enterprise called FT2, which stands for “farm to table”. The outlet will serve fresh farm food and provide a platform to show the artistic talents of the people with intellectual disabilities.

The food and beverage outlet will occupy approximately 200 square metres of ground floor space in D Hall of the Victoria Prison, the oldest dateable building in the compound. The space will be adjacent to six prison cells which will be preserved for heritage interpretation and exhibitions, and will have open access to the adjoining Prison Yard.

“In line with our vision, FT2 will provide eight employment and training opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities,” Aldan Kwok, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association said.

“Hong Chi has had the privilege of providing food services to Hong Kong, some of which are operated in heritage buildings such as the Pinehill Village in the New Territories. We highly value the opportunity to help revitalise D Hall. On top of food and beverage services, we shall organise cultural workshops and art exhibitions at the premises,” Mr. Kwok said.

Menya Musashi has been appointed to operate an approximately 130 square-metre noodle shop on the ground floor of the Superintendent’s House and C Hall, two connected prison buildings bordering the police complex and the Central Magistracy.

“With minimalist decoration compatible with the environment, we shall offer affordable, value for money food and drinks for visitors looking for a short break during their exploration of various parts of the site,” Frederick Che, Marketing Director of Menya Musashi said.

The operational concepts of these operations are subject to approvals of the authorities and licensing conditions.

Selection of operators for another approximately 11 food and beverage outlets are close to completion and will be announced in batches in 2016. A request for proposals exercise for retail operators is also underway.

Altogether the commercial operations will take up no more than 27% of the construction floor area of 27,900 square metres, and the other floor areas will be used for cultural activities, public circulation and buildings facilities.

About Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Art
Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised Central Police Station compound. The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.


Open call for an art exhibition and request for retail proposals at revitalised heritage site 6 Dec 2015, Sunday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited will operate as Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator of the Central Police Station revitalisation project, today announced that it is inviting proposals from arts groups and organisations for a Hong Kong contemporary art exhibition at its galleries in 2017.

The exhibition should occupy a floor area no less than 300 square metres and no more than 1,300 square metres and take place at the Old Bailey Galleries, an international standard art space formed by a new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron and the adjoining historic prison building, F Hall. The exhibition may include additional screenings, talks and performances that may be held at the 200-seat Arbuthnot Auditorium and open spaces in the compound.

“Inclusiveness is a principle that underpins our operations and the art programmes will be based on institutional collaborations,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS. There will be six to eight curated art exhibitions and public programmes at the compound every year that will see the collaborative participation of the art communities.

“Participation in the Hong Kong contemporary art exhibition will be a unique opportunity to showcase Hong Kong art and breathe new life to the heritage site after revitalisation works are completed in 2016,” Mr. Upston said.

Local and overseas art groups and organisations are welcome to submit their proposals on or before 3 January 2016.

Meanwhile, in addition to a process to invite food and beverage operators, the Company is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for operating the retail outlets in the compound. Retail shops and food and beverage outlets are integral parts of the project to provide income to help sustain the operation of the heritage site and enrich visitor experience.

Detailed information about the open call for art exhibition proposals can be found on the new website of the revitalisation project:http://www.taikwun.hk/en/art/programme/. Information about the request for proposals for shop operators can be found on http://www.taikwun.hk/en/opportunities/tenants/.

JCCPS to operate as Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
“Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. As a reminder of the historical importance of the Central Police Station compound, we have adopted Tai Kwun as the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, a not-for-profit company set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised compound. Our programmes, activities and even our website will be communicated under the name of Tai Kwun in future,” Mr. Upston said.

The trading name was chosen after consultations with the Company’s two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and Art Working Group, as well as other stakeholders.

More information about Tai Kwun and its adaptation as the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited can be found on the new website: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/tai-kwun/about/

Plans for other Tai Kwun art programmes, heritage programmes and education programmes are being developed and will be announced next year.


Operator for Food & Beverage and Catering Services Invited for Heritage Revitalisation Project 3 Jul 2015, Friday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) today announced an Expression of Interests (EOI) exercise for parties interested in operating two food and beverage (F&B) outlets and catering services at the Central Police Station (CPS) compound.

The operator is required to operate two outlets, tentatively named The Old Bailey Restaurant and the Arbuthnot Lounge, to provide F&B support for the Old Bailey galleries and the Arbuthnot Auditorium respectively, as well as catering services at CPS.

Scheduled to close on 7 August 2015, the EOI will allow JCCPS to understand the level of market interest before the launch of a formal Request for Proposals (RFP). Information about the EOI can be found on the project web site: http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/invitation/main.asp.

This is a second invitation for F&B operations at the compound. Selection of the first batch of F&B operators is in good progress. These operators are expected to provide a diverse range of services that cater for a broad segment of visitors and that are compatible with the unique character of the site.

Commercial operations at the compound, including F&B outlets and retail shops, will take up not more than 27% of the total construction floor areas at the site. They are an integral part of the project plan to provide services to the visitors and provide income to help sustain the operation of the heritage site.

The Central Police Station Revitalisation Project is a partnership of the Government and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (The Trust). The JCCPS is a not-for-profit company formed by The Trust to lead the revitalisation of the CPS compound, transforming it into a culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements will be creatively integrated for all to enjoy.


Senior staff and advisors appointed for heritage project 17 Apr 2015, Friday

Following the announcement on the operating model for the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project in February 2015, The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) today announced the appointments of senior staff to lead the development and implementation of site-wide heritage and art programmes.

Ms Winnie Yeung Wing-yin has been appointed Head of Heritage to lead a dedicated team to devise and implement heritage programmes and in-house activities, beginning in late April 2015. She was the heritage manager for Tai O Heritage Hotel and participated in other heritage projects in Hong Kong and Singapore. She specialises in heritage interpretation, education and community engagement. Ms Yeung is a trained architectural conservationist with a Masters’ Degree from the Architectural Conservation Programme at The University of Hong Kong.

Mr Tobias Berger has been appointed Head of Arts to lead a professional team to drive contemporary art operation with the participation of art groups under the collaborative model, effective in May 2015. Mr Berger has extensive curatorial experience in Hong Kong, having worked as the curator for Visual Arts at M+, Museum for Visual Culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District for more than four years and as executive director and curator of Para/Site Art Space for over three years. He has also curated or co-curated nearly 100 art events for art museums, art spaces and art biennials in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, Oceania and Europe. Mr Berger holds a Master of Art degree in art history and economics from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany and completed the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

To prepare for the opening of the CPS site, two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and the Art Working Group have been set up. The working groups will assist JCCPS in the development of policy, provide comments and suggestions on proposed programmes, and provide expert advice on the content of the heritage programmes and art programmes respectively. The Heritage Working Group is chaired by Dr Lee Ho-yin and the Art Working Group is chaired by The Hon. Bernard Chan. A full list of the working group members can be found in the appendices.

Mr Euan Upston, Director of CPS, JCCPS, said, “The two heads will bring a wealth of international experience and local knowledge to the project, while the appointments of the heritage and art working groups ensure the programmes are guided by expert advice and community input. These appointments signify a major step forward for the project, injecting new energy to take the revitalisation vision to reality.”

While the heritage team will devise and implement quality and professional heritage interpretation programme and activities in-house, the art team will drive contemporary art operation under the collaborative model, working closely with the local and overseas art communities in rolling out the contemporary art programmes. The two teams will seek partners to develop programme and exhibitions, outreach and learning activities, while ensuring synergy and integration between the heritage and art programmes and the provision of quality programmes that will establish the CPS compound as an important part of the cultural life of Hong Kong.


Retail Operators Invited for Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 6 Mar 2015, Friday

An expression of interest (EOI) for retail operators at the Central Police Station (CPS) compound is open from 6 March to 5 June 2015. The EOI exercise will allow The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) to gauge the level of market interest and design the trade mix for shops before the launch of a formal request for proposals (RFP) later this year.

The JCCPS is leading the revitalisation of the CPS compound, transforming it into a culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements will be creatively integrated for all to enjoy. Invitation of retail operators is an integral part of the project plan to provide services to the visitors and provide income to help sustain the operation of the heritage site.

The retail operators at CPS will be expected to provide a diverse range of services that cater for a broad segment of visitors and that are compatible with the unique character of the site. Relevant information about the EOI can be found on the project web site: http://www.centralpolicestation.org.hk/en/invitation/main.asp

Other commercial elements are food and beverage operations and an integrated cultural and leisure facility at the Central Magistracy building. Selection of these operators has progressed smoothly and is at an advanced stage. Together with the retail shops, commercial operations will take up not more than 27% of the total construction floor areas at the site.


Operating model announced for heritage revitalisation project 17 Feb 2015, Tuesday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) made an announcement on the operating model for the Central Police Station (CPS) Revitalisation Project today. The project aims to transform the CPS site into a culture and leisure destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements will be creatively integrated for all to enjoy.

Under this model the JCCPS will undertake the heritage operations across the site. JCCPS is well-positioned to carry out the heritage interpretation programme, having accumulated considerable know-how over the past five years when carrying out the conservation works.

As for the contemporary art, the JCCPS will collaborate closely with the local and overseas art communities as partners in rolling out the contemporary art programme. This is a result of extensive consultation with the art community and stakeholders since September 2014 to collect their views and advice on the future provision of the contemporary art activities at the CPS site.

The JCCPS will set up two teams, reporting to the Director of CPS, to implement the arrangements. Led by a head of heritage, a dedicated team will devise and implement quality and professional heritage interpretation programme and activities in-house. Another professional team led by a head of art will be formed to drive contemporary art operation under the collaborative model. The two teams will seek programme partners to develop programme and exhibitions, outreach and learning activities, while ensuring synergy and integration between the heritage and art programmes and the provision of quality programmes that will establish the CPS compound as an important part of the cultural life of Hong Kong. Recruitment for key positions has commenced.

To prepare for the opening of the CPS site, the heritage and contemporary art operations will be guided by two groups of advisors, the Heritage Working Group and the Art Working Group with both groups being comprised of experts in the relevant fields. The working groups will assist the JCCPS in the development of policy, provide comments and suggestions on proposed programmes, and provide expert advice on the content of the heritage programmes and art programmes.

“This structure will ensure that there is provision of expert advice to the JCCPS and that community input will be open and transparent. The Heritage Working Group will be able to provide authentication on the interpretation and programmes whilst the Art Working Group will ensure that a wide variety of quality contemporary art programmes are made available to a broad audience,” said Mr. Euan Upston, Director of CPS, JCCPS.

“It will also enable us to put in place quality programmes in time for the scheduled opening of the revitalised site in the second half of 2016, at the same time allow flexibility for fine-tuning the operating model as we accumulate operating experience,” he said.

A JCCPS Advisory Committee, to be formed by relevant experts, government and community representatives, will be formed by mid-2016 to advise the Board on the operation and management of the CPS site.


Update on the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 26 Sep 2014, Friday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (“JCCPS”) today provided an update on the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project, as follows:

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. A partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Project aims to transform the historic site into a leading cultural destination where heritage, contemporary art and leisure elements are creatively integrated for all to enjoy.

Despite the very challenging site conditions, restoration works to the best international practice standards in heritage renovation is progressing on the 16 heritage buildings, with extensive works being undertaken on the roofs, facades and interiors. The target is to achieve substantial completion of the restoration works in phases in the last quarter of 2015 and first quarter of 2016.

The foundation works for the two new low-rise buildings designed by the internationally acclaimed architects Herzog & de Meuron are completed and the superstructure work is progressing. 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.

Good progress is also being made on the selection of operators for 10 food and beverage outlets and an integrated cultural and leisure operator for the Central Magistracy. Selection for retail service providers will follow in 2015. These commercial operators will take up not more than 27% of floor space and will provide services to the visitors. JCCPS’s revenues from these activities will be used solely to support the sustainable operation of the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project. The operators are expected to undertake their fitting out and licensing procedures and commence operation in 2016.

JCCPS thanked the respondents of the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) exercise for operating the heritage and contemporary art element, for their efforts, ideas and suggestions. JCCPS and the selection committee would like to express their appreciation of the efforts and time spent by the eligible respondent in the selection process, its elaborate preparation and the commitment to the cultural development of Hong Kong. JCCPS also thanked members of an independent selection committee for contributing their expertise and time in the selection process for the heritage and contemporary art operator. The selection committee could not identify an integrated operator and recommended JCCPS to consider developing site operation by adopting an approach that includes the participation of various organisations in heritage and contemporary art programming. The objective is to build the capacity of the art and heritage communities in the next few years, with a view to enabling the project to have a sustainable heritage and contemporary art operation in the long term. Bernard Chan, Chairman of the independent selection committee, said: “The selection committee made its recommendation based on a fair and objective assessment of the strategies and plans for the heritage programming; strategies and plans for contemporary art programming; financial capacity, business viability and financial plans for the proposed programmes; and management capability and governance.”

In light of the selection committee’s recommendation and having considered resources and know-how accumulated over the past five years when carrying out the conservation works, JCCPS will take up the heritage interpretation programme of the project in consultation with advisors to be appointed. Heritage groups will also be involved in the heritage programme. “We endeavour to truly reflect the heritage value of the compound in this important revitalisation project,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS, JCCPS.

Upston said JCCPS would engage and consult the contemporary art community, including the cultural groups that have responded to the RFP, in the coming months with a view to developing a suitable model for providing the contemporary art programme for the scheduled site opening in 2016. “We look forward to beginning a dialogue with the contemporary art community on collaborative opportunities on the revitalisation project,” he said.

“JCCPS is fully committed to the revitalisation project and will continue to guide and fund its development with inclusive participation of the heritage and contemporary art communities,” Upston added.


An update on selection of operators for the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project 6 Jul 2014, Sunday

The Jockey Club CPS Limited (JCCPS) provided an update on the selection of operators for the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project today, as follows:

Three responses to the three-month Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Heritage and Contemporary Art operator were received upon the deadline for submission at 2:15 pm, 30 April 2014 and one submission was received after the deadline.

The response received after the deadline was late and therefore ineligible. Two of the responses received before the deadline were also ineligible because the respondents did not meet the two eligibility requirements which were, first, to form a special purpose company upon the RFP deadline, and second, that such company should have either obtained the tax exemption approval as a charitable institution or have already applied to the Inland Revenue Department for such tax exemption upon the RFP deadline.

JCCPS confirmed the ineligibility of these responses based on the recommendation made by the Selection Committee comprising 19 individuals representing broad community interests. The recommendation was further supported by independent legal advice.

JCCPS thanked all respondents for their efforts, and expressed regrets that the ineligible responses could not be further considered in order to maintain the integrity and fairness of the selection process.

The remaining response to the RFP was eligible. Under the assessment process, the Selection Committee will proceed to invite the respondent to an interview with a view to assessing its submitted proposal in detail. Based on the suitability of the respondent, the Selection Committee will make a recommendation to the JCCPS in the third quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, approximately 100 proposals from 72 responses to the RFP for the 10 food and beverage outlets were received upon the deadline for submission at 2:15 pm, 30 April 2014, and are under assessment by a separate selection committee formed by independent members and experts from The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Nine responses to the RFP for the integrated cultural and leisure operation at the Central Magistracy building were received, of which five were shortlisted to enter the final proposal stage.

RFPs for non-government organisations and retail operators will be available at the next phase of the invitation process.

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
A partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong SAR Government, 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. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art programmes and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. The site is expected to be open to the public in 2016, following the scheduled completion of revitalisation works in 2015, and fitting out and licensing arrangements by the operators. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk


Director appointed to head revitalised Central Police Station compound 23 Jun 2014, Monday

Experienced contemporary art venue administrator Euan Upston has been appointed to lead the operation of the Central Police Station compound, which is currently being transformed into a centre for heritage, contemporary art and leisure for the public to enjoy.

As Director of CPS, Upston will be responsible for guiding the operations on the site to become a leading cultural destination in Hong Kong. He will oversee the overall management and maintenance of the compound, develop and coordinate site-wide activities involving the Heritage and Contemporary Art Operator and the not-for-profit and commercial operators, and develop long term partnerships with key stakeholders.

Upston will be supported by a dedicated management team, and one of his duties is to transfer knowledge and train up local talents who will over time succeed him to lead the operations.

Formerly the chief operating officer of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Australia in Sydney, Upston has more than 30 years of experience in contemporary arts. These included administration of contemporary art venues, leading a major MCA extension and refurbishment of MCA venues in a heritage building, and organising large-scale contemporary visual art events. In these and other roles, Upston worked closely with federal, state and municipal governments in Australia, curatorial and programming teams and other key stakeholders.

Upston will assume office on 26 June 2014.

About the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
A partnership between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong SAR Government, 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. These new buildings will provide additional floor space for contemporary art programmes and plant rooms, and will help to reduce interventions to the heritage buildings. The site is expected to be open to the public in 2016, following the scheduled completion of revitalisation works in 2015, and fitting out and licensing arrangements by the operators. Project website: www.centralpolicestation.org.hk.

Background information
Euan Upston
Director of CPS

Euan Upston is the Director of CPS, a position he took up in June 2014, and is responsible for guiding the development of the Central Police Station compound to become a leading cultural destination in Hong Kong. He oversees management and maintenance of the site, develops and coordinates site-wide activities involving various not-for-profit and commercial operators, and develops long term partnerships with key stakeholders of the project.

Prior to this role, Euan has more than 30 years of experience in art venue administration, including senior roles in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Australia and the Sydney Biennale, managing a theatre company, an art administration and project consultancy and a production academy.

One of Euan’s achievements is the planning and execution of the refurbishment of the MCA building (an Art Deco-style heritage building formerly accommodating the Maritime Services Board on the western edge of Circular Quay, Sydney) and a 50,000 square-foot extension to house galleries, education centres, a cafe, a theatre and a new access.

In these and other roles, Euan worked closely with curatorial and programming teams and has good understanding and appreciation of artistic vision and curatorial programming. He also worked with multiple stakeholders including the federal, state and municipal governments in Australia, funders, service providers and contractors.

Euan was educated in New Zealand, obtaining a teaching degree majoring in Drama and English at Wellington Teachers College.