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Old March 28th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | Central Police Station Revitalization

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The oldest structure within the compound is a barrack block built in 1864. It is a three-storey building constructed adjacent to Victoria Prison. A storey was later added to the block in 1905. In 1919, Headquarters Block facing Hollywood Road was constructed. Subsequently in 1925, the two-storey Stable Block was constructed at the north-west end of the parade ground and later used as an armoury. The Police Station together with the former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison form a group of historical architecture representing law and order in Hong Kong.


Preservation & Revitalization Plans

In 2007, a radical scheme was presented to the public with a huge new addition, to be funded by the Jockey Club. The conservation plan would consist of cultural, heritage, and commercial elements that would finish in 2012.



This plan was shot down from public opposition.


Local architect joins Central project
Tamar designer to advise on community attitudes to development of police station site

25 March 2009
South China Morning Post

The Jockey Club has invited a renowned local architect to work with his Swiss counterparts on a new design for an additional structure at the Central Police Station compound.

But the move, which follows public rejection of a previous design, has drawn criticism because there are no plans for a fresh public consultation.

Architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee, who designed the future government headquarters at Tamar and the Peninsula Hotel's extension, said yesterday he would not be designing the project, but would advise the designers on local perspectives of urban and social culture and community sensitivity about the new building.

"I very much believe that the historic sites need new elements to bring vitality and synergy," Mr Yim said, adding that he was open about the management of prison hall F, which the club did not rule out of demolition plans despite conservationists' call for its retention.

He said it would affect design flexibility if there was a height restriction on the historic site, which 13 NGOs proposed to town planners last month, but he stressed that he would communicate such concerns to his teammates.

The club's executive director for charities, William Yiu Yan-pui, said the project's design architect, Herzog and de Meuron, was "cognisant of local culture, but after the public consultation they were specially aware of the project's importance to Hong Kong". A conservation architect from Britain was also on the team.

"They are quite concerned about the society's acceptance of their outcome," Mr Yiu said.

The new design, to be finalised by the end of the year, will be submitted to the Town Planning Board.

But the club would not conduct another round of public consultation on the new design, he said, adding that people could express their views through the board's own consultation procedure.

"We have clearly heard from the community that they do not want a tall structure. There is little time to do another round," Mr Yiu said.

Town Planning Board member and architect Bernard Lim Wan-fung said the board had no mandate to assess or endorse architectural designs. "The Jockey Club should not push the responsibility to the board, but should itself invite public views again," he said.

Central and Western District Council vice-chairman Stephen Chan Chit-kwai said the club should seek council members' views, but had not approached it since the old proposal was dropped last summer.

Peter Li Siu-man of the Conservancy Association said it was incorrect to say the public were only concerned about height. "We also want to know more about the conservation plan in detail."

Heritage Hong Kong director Alexander Hui yat-chuen said a process without public consultation was flawed. "Even if they are saying they are starting with a piece of blank paper, the process should be done with the proper procedure {hellip} Without knowing what is best to preserve, there is no point in building a management plan."

The club abandoned its plan to build a 160-metre tower last year in the face of public opposition.


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Old March 29th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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URA project lures suitors
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Property developers' interest in Wan Chai's Lee Tung Street - commonly known as Wedding Card Street - has not slackened because of the economic strains.

The Urban Renewal Authority announced yesterday it has received 15 expressions of interest in the project, the same number it received last September after a first sounding on prospective redevelopers.

"The strong feedback from the market was expected due to the scarcity of new land supply in urban areas," said Midland Surveyors director Alvin Lam Tze- pun.

Besides a lack of urban land available for developers, he said, the MTR Corp (0066) does not plan to offer for tender any new projects in the first half.

Word in the market is that Wheelock Properties (0049), Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016), China Estates (0127), K Wah International (0173), New World Development (0017), Cheung Kong (0001) and Hopewell (0054) have submitted expressions of interest.

Lam said some smaller developers may form syndicates due to the investment size and to reduce risk.

The Lee Tung Street-McGregor Street project covers about 88,500 square feet. It is expected to have an overall gross floor area of about 835,000 sq ft for residential and commercial use along with public open space and a home for the elderly plus three buildings preserved for their historical value.

Lam estimates the site is worth about HK$5 billion, and the land price could reach HK$6,000 per square foot. It includes 900 residential units, he noted.

Developers see solid attractions. Among them: possible sea views from the higher floors and the fact that it is on the transport network.

"The formal tender is expected to be competitive as developers have regained confidence recently after the primary home market showed signs of recovery," Lam added.

The URA's tender review panel will shortlist qualified parties and invite them to submit formal tenders. The tender exercise is expected soon.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 10:22 AM   #3
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Culture coup for station plan
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Culture is to have a bigger share of the Central Police Station Compound project, which originally had 70 percent earmarked for commercial use.

It will now be split 50-50 between cultural and commercial use.

Hong Kong Jockey Club executive director for charities William Yiu Yan-pui hopes that, on this basis, the compound will become self-financing.

But the club indicated there will be no public consultation before the project is reviewed by the Town Planning Board.

Construction on the HK$1.8 billion project is expected to start in mid-2010.

Meanwhile, the club has appointed Hong Kong-based award-winning architects Rocco Design to the revitalization project. Rocco has won awards for its innovative work on Hong Kong Station and the Peninsula Hotel extension.

When asked about a dispute over the height and size of the renovated compound, Rocco's executive director Yim Sen-kee said he understood the public's concern and that the design would be flexible.

The other 12 groups involved include French cultural consultant dUCKS Sceno and local tree consultant Jim Chi-yung.

Conservancy Association campaign manager Peter Li Siu-man said the club should explain the ratio adjustment to the public.

"I don't oppose the concept, but the club should explain how and why the ratio has been adjusted, and the affect on conservation with such changes."

He said he is disappointed that no public consultation will be conducted before the planning board's review.

The original plan, which would have created a 160-meter tall structure, was opposed by environmental groups, who proposed a 77-meter height restriction.

The Town Planning Board will discuss this proposal on April 17.

Last year, the club bowed to public pressure and pledged to reduce the height and bulk of the new structure after a six-month public consultation.

The Central Police Station Compound was declared a monument in 1995.

It is comprised of Central Police Station, the former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.
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Last year, the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Exhibition was held in the Central Police Station Compound. Right now, the Hong Kong’s participation in the World Exposition 2010 Shanghai, including the themes of its pavilion and Urban Best Practices Area exhibit are showcase there as well. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust also announced its ambitious plan to revitalize the compound to the public.

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Student tours to Central Police Station launched
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Government Press Release

The Development Bureau will organise tours for young people to visit the Central Police Station Compound, one of the most impressive clusters of declared monuments in Hong Kong, between April and August.

The tours will be held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between April 1 and August 5, with three tours a day. Lasting for about two hours, the tour will cover the Headquarters Block, Barrack Block, former Central Magistracy and former Victoria Prison. Trained guides by the Hong Kong Architecture Centre will share with young people fascinating stories about the buildings' history and architectural features.

The tours are free of charge. Students of primary five and six as well as secondary schools may apply in groups.

Application forms can be downloaded from (www.heritage.gov.hk). Completed forms should be faxed to 2110 1607, emailed to info@archicentre.hk or mailed to G/F, 8 Peel Street, Central. Please mark "Application for Central Police Station Walking Tours" on the envelope.

For enquiries, please call Hong Kong Architecture Centre at 2805 7146 or 6222 0229.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 06:14 AM   #6
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Why can't we do something like this here as they do in Singapore???

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The contrast is too drastic. It'll take the historic heritage away from the buildings. I believe this is a key element to public opposition of the original glass scaffolding plan.
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I'm just disappointed how powerless HK gov't is compare to the one in Singapore. That thing should have been built.
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Jockey Club opposes height limit for Central Police Station scheme
10 March 2009
South China Morning Post

The Jockey Club has formally discarded its controversial plan to build a 150-metre tower at the old Central Police Station site, according to its submission to the Town Planning Board, which the South China Morning Post examined yesterday.

But its submission, one of 207 turned in by concerned groups over the past month, opposed a suggested 77-metre height limit on development at the site. The Town Planning Board will discuss the height limit proposal on April 17.

The club, which has undertaken to preserve the old police station site and transform it into a cultural complex, proposed the tower in 2007 to house an auditorium, a theatre and other facilities. Its submission says this plan is outdated and has been discarded.

The club had begun to develop a revised scheme for the site that would respect the heritage values and views expressed during last year's public consultation, it said.

The 77-metre height restriction was proposed by an alliance of 13 non-governmental organisations including green groups and heritage concern groups.

But the club said such a limit would be premature, because it "attempts to prejudge a revised conservation scheme that the club has only just begun", and would pre-empt the planning board's due process. The club would submit its revised scheme to the board for approval, it said.

Submissions that favoured a height limit argued it would prevent a new structure from obstructing views or attracting too many visitors, who would overload nearby roads.

Last year the Jockey Club bowed to public pressure and promised to reduce the height and bulk of the new structure, after a six-month public consultation.

Those calling for the height limit say it would respect the "open character" of the old prison courtyard, in keeping with a suggestion from the Antiquities and Monuments Office.
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How will the Central Police station of Hong Kong even be revitalised, anyway?
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How will the Central Police station of Hong Kong even be revitalised, anyway?
The original plan was to conserve the heritage buildings and transform it into a mix of cultural and commercial facilities, then build the iconic glass-like structure on top.

Current plans will not likely move away from the cultural and commercial themes, but whether anything new will be added to the site is still up in the air.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #13
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嚴迅奇不認同中區警署設高限
25 March 2009
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賽馬會昨天公布,著名建築師嚴迅奇(圖)將擔任活化中區警署建築群的執行建築師。對於保育團體向城規會申請在建築群設置七十七米高限,嚴迅奇直指,許多人對高度有誤解,建築物的高度應視乎設計而定,不應在現階段設下無需要的限制。參與高限申請的香港文化遺產基金會董事許日銓稱,嚴迅奇並無保育古蹟經驗,否則馬會不用委託英國專家進行研究,而有關專家報告已清楚指明高度限制的重要性。

根據古物古蹟辦事處於二○○四年為中區警署建築群設置的保存規定,為保存建築物的歷史風貌和完整布局,新建樓宇不能高於七十七米,十三個團體早前就向城規會申請,限制該地盤的高度限制在七十七米。

嚴迅奇昨天會見傳媒時稱,曾評估能否在不超出七十七米的情況下達到如期效果,但設計「幾高幾闊」尚未有定案。他認為,不應在未有設計方案前設置「框框」,又指「唔好咁快咁武斷」。

城規會將於四月十七日討論團體要求設置七十七米高限的申請。對於嚴迅奇指不應在未有設計前設置「框框」,有份申請高限的許日銓接受查詢時反駁,「在平面上有限制,高度就唔限制,完全不成理由。」  嚴迅奇並指出,馬會早前就「竹棚」設計方案諮詢公眾後,決定推倒重來,但新方案就不再諮詢公眾意見,手法相當古怪。他期望,馬會可主動諮詢市民意見,讓公眾選擇合適的活化方案。

據許日銓的解釋,海外建築師並無牌照在港興建樓宇,必須透過本地建築師「執行」,故嚴迅奇的角色只是「執行建築師」。

馬會慈善事務執行總監饒恩培稱,未來六至八個月將有活化整個建築群的具體設計,期望明年初可將設計提交城規會,最快在明年中下旬才施工■
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I feel like people always forget it's 市民意見, that's opinion, not decision. People should be able to give their opinion but not necessarily make the final call. Otherwise we'd never have anything iconic. Bank of China is a good example.
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Well .. if people's opinions don't flow down to the final decision, then a lot more talk about 'fake consultation' then arises. Either way, there's no way to escape it.
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中區警署活化環評﹕新建築影響監獄群外觀
1 May 2009

【明報專訊】中區警署建築群的新活化方案還未出爐,但馬會已呈交環境評估供公眾查閱,報告未透露新建築高度,但表明新建築會令域多利監獄群外觀不同,造成潛在視覺影響,報告無提及具體紓緩措施,只表示會減少外牆特色照明系統。

13個團體早前向城規會申請為中區警署建築群加入77米的樓宇高限,惟城規會於上月17日應申請人要求,決定延遲審批申請。

根據馬會提交的環評,馬會認為現有建築物內的空間不能容納建議的文化場地,包括小型劇院和多用途空間,遂建議在域多利監獄範圍內興建一座新建築,以容納中型文化場地,以提供文化設施和自負盈虧,報告未透露新建築高度,但強調有關規模會與現有建築合乎比例。

報告形容,監獄外觀會因新建築物而「有所不同」,對附近可近觀監獄的建築物造成潛在視覺影響,其中距離工地只有5米的贊善里兩側住宅或受影響。若從較遠地方望向建築群,報告指出,項目四周有大廈遮擋,大廈間的空隙可作觀景廊。但環評報告又指出,項目不會設置公眾停車場,遂估計大部分訪客會使用公共交通工具或步往前往建築群,認為活化後的建築群不會產生顯著的額外車流。

古物諮詢委員倡拆石板街鐵欄杆

另外,發展局擬把中環石板街(即砵典乍街)評為一級歷史建築,古物諮詢委員會委員吳祖南昨在會上指出,現時街中設置的圍欄影響其外觀,該會主席陳智思質疑把圍欄移走的可行性。古蹟辦執行秘書明基全表示,圍欄具實際用途,「若石板街落實評為一級歷史建築,將來若有部門在街上進行工程便要諮詢古蹟辦,但我們未試過因評了級移走現有的結構物」。
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特首鍾情古蹟 難忘童年趣事
16 June 2009
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每個人都有童年回憶,行政長官曾蔭權的童年回憶就扎根在中環雲咸街一帶。昨日特首昨日出席外國記者協會活動,說起古蹟保育時,不禁對兒時穿梭於老建築的玩樂日子感慨一番:「我家兄弟經常與玩伴走到牛奶公司舊倉庫,看著那些孔武有力的工人沿著雲咸街斜斜的石級,把大大的冰塊一直拖運至皇后大道。」他還笑言一直渴望坐在這些冰塊上沿著石級滑下,因為這「非常有趣」。

曾蔭權回憶兒時經常去看在中區警署上班的父親,因此他對警署的走廊十分熟悉:「那時走廊的鬼古特別多,晚上父子倆又可間中觀賞那些為警務人員而設的電影」。他還說當年荷李活道節目眾多,和今天境況大相徑庭:「荷李活道經常有功夫表演,還有相士和『講古佬』擺檔」,樂趣頗多。又言乒乓球是小時候的興趣,但打球的地方竟是在文武廟。特首對古蹟的鍾情可見一斑。

強調政府重視古蹟保育

曾蔭權幼年在中環一帶住了將近20年,直至1969年結婚後才搬走。他坦言,看到今天的外國記者會和藝穗會會址能夠保持在1890年代的樣子,感到「十分欣慰」,並稱這兩幢建築物可以作為香港活化再利用古蹟的典範。他強調政府將保護、修復和再利用本港的歷史建築,使這些古蹟流傳後世。 ■本報實習記者 林景怡
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Police station height dispute set to drag on
21 August 2009
The Standard

The argument over the height of the Central Police Station heritage site looks set to drag on.

The Town Planning Board will meet today to hear arguments from 13 nongovernment organizations who are against deferring a hearing planned for September 4 on whether height restrictions should be imposed.

But it is likely the hearing will be deferred, following revelations that the Hong Kong Jockey Club is revising its design concept.

The Development Bureau is working in partnership with the club to redevelop the site. No new statements and design briefs have been introduced by the government or the club.

The NGOs say that neither party can afford to waste its time redesigning if they do not meet the height requirements.

The NGOs want a 77-meter height limit for the site. The organizations' application was first made on January 22 this year, but was deferred because they needed to provide responses to the bureau's argument that it did not need a height restriction.

Once the NGOs had provided their arguments in April, the new date for the hearing was set for September 4. However, the board has requested a further deferral.

Tanya Chan Shuk-chong, a Central and Western District Council member, sees no reason for a deferral.

Albert Lai Kwong-tak, chairman of the Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development, believes that the board is showing double standards.

According to Lai, the board's protocol for development schemes is the establishment of planning controls before the presentation of any development scheme.

He believes that by further delays, the government is ``reversing'' this protocol by wanting the new design brief to be displayed to the public before implementing limits.

The previous ``bamboo'' concept for the site proposed by the Jockey Club in October 2007 was withdrawn in February.

NGOs are also worried about a conflict of interest within the planning board, as the chairman for today's meeting is Director of Planning Ava Tse Ng Suk-ying.
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Planners postpone talks on height limits at police station compound
22 August 2009
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The Town Planning Board yesterday postponed considering proposals to set a height limit on developments at the historic Central Police Station compound, annoying NGOs that had put forward the idea.

An application by 13 non-governmental organisations for a height limit of 77 metres at the site was to have been considered early next month. The NGOs oppose a 150-metre observation deck proposed by the Jockey Club last year.

The Planning Department this week asked the board to postpone the hearing until the club made its design available later this year.

Yesterday, in response to demands by the NGOs that the delay should not be allowed to favour the club, the board said it would hold the meeting by November 21, before it was due to consider the club's new proposal for development of the site.

That decision sparked criticism that it was an unnecessary "face-saving solution". Albert Lai Kwong-tak, director of the Conservancy Association, said: "It would be embarrassing for [the department] to back down."

Bernard Lim Wan-fung, a board member, said the board was entitled to grant deferment. "The board treats both sides equally," he said.
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