The historic Central Police Station (CPS) compound has been successfully transformed into a vibrant cultural and arts hub. Now named Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, the once closed complex opened its doors to the public on 29 May 2018.
Led by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of the HKSAR, the city’s biggest ever revitalisation project involves conservation of 16 historic buildings (some of them more than 150 years old) and addition of two new buildings.
Arup has been involved in the project since 2007, providing total engineering services, including structural, civil and geotechnical engineering and façade, lighting, fire, materials and security consultancy.
With seamless collaboration with the team and local approval authorities especially the specialist conservation architect Purcell and with support from our London office, we have successfully retained, repaired and strengthened invaluable historic buildings for adaptive re-use. Overall stability of the buildings has been enhanced with minimum and reversible structural interventions – setting a benchmark for future revitalisation projects in Hong Kong.