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.

Concept Design commenced for current scheme.

Rocco Design Architects 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.


Gammon Construction Limited was appointed as Management Contractor.

Pre-construction preparatory works started.


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


Police Headquarters Block façade repair works were completed.

Married Sergeants' Quarters and Single Inspectors' Quarters brick repair works were completed.

Chinese roof tiles replacement was completed.