Purcell Partner, David Hills, will be taking part in a series of events over the weekend in Hong Kong as part of British Council festival, SPARK.

The festival is being held at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts which Purcell worked on as conservation architects. The centre, formerly the Central Police Station compound, opened to the public in May 2018. Purcell was mentioned by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, in her speech at the opening of the festival.

Tai Kwun, the former Central Police Station compound, is now a centre for heritage and arts — a dynamic new Hong Kong cultural landmark. Tai Kwun is not only the venue for SPARK, but also the subject of a featured event. UK’s Purcell, one of three architecture firms behind Tai Kwun’s revitalisation, will be talking to us here — detailing how old and new have come together so remarkably well at Tai Kwun.

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong

David Hills will be speaking at the ‘Places People Love’ panel debate, as well as ‘Urban Repurposing: Re-imagining and revitalising the city’ panel discussion and thought-leadership event.

David is hoping to get lots of ideas from the panels and audiences about what makes great places as well as share Purcell’s approach to heritage-based placemaking and urban renewal and continuity.

I’m looking forward to using Purcell’s experiences in Hong Kong, and wider afield, to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by repurposing buildings and conserving the built environment, the impact that this has on the city and its inhabitants, and how the economics work.

David Hills, Partner