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Old June 24th, 2018, 11:03 AM   #61
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June 25, 2018
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Heritage expert lauds Tai Kwun revitalization project

A preservation expert praised the revitalization work at the former Central Police Station compound, saying that preserving heritage while providing a venue for leisure and the arts in one building is a rare achievement internationally.

Architectural historian Simon Thurley also said the design of Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts, located along Hollywood Road in Central, is bold in its fusion of old and new elements.

Thurley said the scarcity of land has always brought pressure to preservation work. But it is a global issue that can be solved by raising the awareness of the public to value heritage, he said.

Hong Kong is still “young” in terms of heritage preservation, Thurley said, adding that revitalization projects here focus more on redevelopment than protecting historical sites.

He said Hong Kong is different from Europe, which has laws to protect historical buildings and provide tax relief to owners of those buildings.

All alterations to heritage sites will need government approval as well, he noted.

However, local experts do not think the use of tax relief to promote the preservation of historical sites will work in Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong's art and heritage gem, Tai Kwun, celebrates 1st anniversary
29 May 2019
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Since opening its doors to the public a year ago, the revitalised Central Police Station compound, operating as Tai Kwun, has come alive with heritage and art exhibitions, musical performances, film shows, docent tours and more. The compound, which was revitalised by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government, has recorded some 3.4 million visits in its first year of operations, testifying that Tai Kwun today is not only an important heritage site, but also a much-loved destination in the arts and cultural life of Hong Kong.

At the first year anniversary celebrations on 25 May 2019, guests and visitors gathered in Tai Kwun for a joyous ceremony which included a spectacular performance by the Hong Kong Police Force and the launch of “Tai Kwun 101” heritage exhibition.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Dr Anthony W K Chow, and Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung officiated at the anniversary celebrations. More than 200 guests, including government officials, community leaders, heritage, arts and culture representatives, as well as programme partners attended the ceremony.

Dr Chow said, “Tai Kwun has more than lived up to its purpose as a vibrant and vital part of Hong Kong’s cultural and artistic life. Since its opening, Tai Kwun has mounted an active programme of exhibitions, events and performances. It has collaborated with major arts groups and festivals and given a platform to up-and-coming artists and performers. It has also reached out to the local community, recording and sharing the stories of Central district, and has welcomed citizens from all walks of life.”

As Tai Kwun continues into its second year of operations, a series of exhibitions and programmes featuring home grown and international artists and performing arts groups have been planned. Coinciding with the first anniversary celebrations is the opening of “Tai Kwun 101”, a thematic exhibition that showcases 101 objects related to the Central Police Station compound and chronicling a variety of stories about work and life in these historic buildings over time.

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A hundred and one prison tales
28 June 2019
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Ever wondered what prisoners held behind the high walls of Hong Kong's former Central Police Station did all day? And what about the police officers and guards who kept an eye on them? Such questions are answered in Tai Kwun 101, an interactive exhibition throwing light on prison and police life that existed right in the heart of Hong Kong when the city was still a British colony.

Tai Kwun 101 coincides with the first anniversary of Tai Kwun - the revitalized avatar of Central Police Station, now a museum and cultural complex open to the public -and the 175th anniversary of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF). It seems fitting that the exhibition is held in Tai Kwun's Block 01, the site of HKPF's first headquarters. The station's stories are told through 101 objects related to the compound. The exhibition is divided into three zones across two levels. "Objects Through Time" is a showcase of clippings, signage and artefacts; "Lost and Found" depicts the five groups of people (constables, justices of the peace, prisoners, wardens and general public) connected to the compound's community, and "Objects That Speak to Us" is a bunch of simulated sets that help reimagine different activities that took place inside the police station, from reporting a crime to visiting an inmate.

The exhibition took two years to plan, explains Winnie Yeung, Tai Kwun's head of heritage and a co-curator of the exhibition. "Along with loaned items from the Hong Kong Police Museum, we sent out a targeted call for artefact contributions," she says.

The call yielded a variety of rare objects. For example, a water cart dating back to the early 20th century recalls a time when cops did double duty as fire fighters. A red shoulder badge indicates that the constable wearing it could communicate in English. A tiger head sculpture, long a symbol of HKPF's authority, was modeled after the head of the beast that roamed around in the New Territories in 1915 and was eventually killed by the police force.

Local firm One Bite Design Studio was tasked with bringing history to life via interactive displays. "We wanted to create a clear distinction between historic or real objects and interpreted or reconstructed ones," explains Sarah Mui, the company's co-founder and design director. "That was why we decided to use different colors, to show that the set is a reproduction."

"Tai Kwun 101 is not a history museum type of show," Yeung says. "We needed a strong design element to tie all the different artefacts together. One Bite brought in the people element."

Mui says the aim was to show the public how the station had functioned as a center. "At first, we wanted to allow people to wander through freely without necessarily following a specific route. Then we came up with a way to engage them through a different game card for each of the five routes we created."

Visitors can experience how prisoners spent their days by viewing canteen menus, balls they played with in courtyards and books they helped bind. Bookbinding remains a vocational training option offered by correctional services to people in custody.

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Hong Kong contractors acquitted over 2016 collapse at historic former Central Police Station in Central during transformation into Tai Kwun heritage site
Verdict comes three years after partial collapse at Married Inspectors’ Quarters during compound’s transformation into Tai Kwun heritage site
Magistrate sides with defence, overturning prosecution based on government’s investigation into the project

July 18, 2019
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The partial collapse of a historic building in the old Central Police Station compound during restoration in 2016 might not have been caused by holes drilled in the floor as the authorities had believed.

The finding emerged at Eastern Court on Thursday as a magistrate acquitted two contractors and an engineer that had been prosecuted based on the government’s investigation into the project that transformed the former police compound into the Tai Kwun art and heritage site in Central.

Gammon Construction was found not guilty of one summons alleging deviation from the plans approved by the Building Authority. The contractor was also cleared of allegations that it had carried out, authorised or permitted works in a manner that was likely to cause a risk of injury to people or damage to property.

Leung Chi-hung, the contractor’s authorised signatory, and Stonewest (HK), a subcontractor, were acquitted of the same charge. All three defendants applied for costs but were met by objections from the prosecutors.

Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han was expected to hear further submissions on August 26.

Her verdict came three years after a wall and part of the roof of the Married Inspectors’ Quarters at the compound on Hollywood Road collapsed while its timber floor was being reinforced on May 29, 2016. No one was injured.

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