This month, Senior Architectural Conservationist from Purcell’s Hong Kong studio, Jack Chui, discussed Purcell’s recent HKICON Revitalisation Award on Hong Kong TV Viu99. HKICON awarded Purcell the prestigious award for our restoration work on Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is a buzzing cultural hub located in the heart of Hong Kong. Before its transformation, the site was used as Hong Kong’s Central Police Station, Central Magistracy, and Victoria Prison before it was decommissioned in 2006.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club commissioned Purcell to regenerate the site for re-use, and our team adapted the 6-acre site, providing new arts facilities to be enjoyed by both visitors and the local community whilst also ensuring the longevity of the compound.

This is the largest conservation project in Hong Kong and Tai Kwun has become a new cultural landmark of the city.

Senior Architectural Conservationist, Jack Chui.

Throughout the project, Purcell worked in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron who designed two new buildings within the compound and Rocco Design Architects as the Executive Architect.

Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts’ Revitalisation Award recognises architectural excellence in conservation projects in Hong Kong. The project has enhanced and ensured the building’s longevity, and within the first year of the site opening, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts received 3.4 million visitors.

To view more about Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, click here.