As part of an ongoing maintenance effort to conserve and interpret maritime structures around Hong Kong, Purcell secured a unique commission to provide services to the Architectural Services Department of HKSAR in support of their preservation effort of the Green Island Lighthouse Compound. Working in collaboration with the Purcell Heritage Consultancy and BIM teams in the UK, the HK studio is preparing a Conservation Management Plan and Heritage BIM Model. This project is hugely significant for the office as we aim towards being a 100% BIM capable organisation by 2020.
With the original lighthouse dating to 1895, it was quickly surpassed by a modern lighthouse built in 1904, which is still in operation today as a navigational aid for thousands of boats entering into Victoria Harbour from the West. These two surviving lighthouses form a collection of five lighthouses around Hong Kong that survive from the pre-war era. A Former European Staff Quarters and Keeper’s House complete the cluster of heritage structures within the Green Island Lighthouse compound, that was awarded Declared Monument status in 2008. Aside from its maritime history, the buildings have been used by the Police as a recreation centre and more recently as a young drug treatment and rehabilitation centre run by the Wu Oi Christian Centre.
We are delighted to add two more Declared Monuments to the studio’s extensive portfolio of heritage work. These projects align perfectly with the practice’s purpose and vision; being recognised for our heritage expertise and ability to help clients create robust futures for Hong Kong’s built heritage and using BIM technologies for the integration of heritage information for increased viability of conservation management planning.