Swiss Designers to Submit Plans for Hong Kong Redevelopment Scheme

30 January 2011 (Last Updated January 30th, 2011 18:30)

Design plans for the redevelopment of Hong Kong's central police station will be submitted to the government this month. The £145m ($230.5m) arts scheme is being designed by Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Purcell Miller Tritton. The new plans inv

Design plans for the redevelopment of Hong Kong's central police station will be submitted to the government this month.

The £145m ($230.5m) arts scheme is being designed by Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Purcell Miller Tritton.

The new plans involve retaining 16 of the buildings and adding two new complementary structures on the east and west flanks of the site to create 1,500m² of exhibition spaces.

The scheme is being funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and is expected to open in 2014.

Herzog & de Meuron's original scheme that featured a 525ft skeletal tower was rejected by the government in 2008 because of the site's historical importance, according to the Art Newspaper.

UK-based Purcell Miller Tritton was later brought in to create a conservation management plan for the 19th and early 20th-century complex of 19 buildings in the centre of Hong Kong, which has also been used as a prison and a courthouse.