[FIRST LOOK] Purcell Miller Tritton (PMT) and Herzog & de Meuron (HdM) have submitted plans for a £145million overhaul of Hong Kong’s historic Central Police Station Compound
The original proposals, which featured a cultural centrepiece ‘designed to resemble Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolding’, have been heavily redesigned.
Backed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the new art-hub development will retain 16 of the existing blocks and add a pair of new structures on the east and west edges.
PMT, having already delivered a Conservation Management Plan, was commissioned to complete detailed reports on the four most significant buildings at the site: the Barracks Block, the Police Headquarters Block, the Magistracy and D Hall, a 19th-century radial plan prison block.
According to a spokeman for PMT: ‘The Conservation Management Plan is being used to inform plans for the regeneration of the site
into a new cultural quarter for the people of Hong Kong.’
Dating from 1841, the Central Police Station Compound sits in the heart of Hong Kong and contains 17 buildings considered to be of historic value by Hong Kong’s Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO). The site was decommissioned in 2006.
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PMT has been tasked with compiling a conservation-management plan for the compound’s 27 buildings by the site’s owner, the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).
The centrepiece of the new HK$1.8 billion (£100 million) regeneration project is HdM’s ‘porous’ cultural complex which, according to the HKJC, has been ‘designed to resemble Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolding’.
When completed it will house an auditorium, a black-box theatre, art cinemas, a gallery and a multipurpose exhibition space, as well as food and beverage outlets and an observation deck.