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Case Study: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong – Member Lean In session

15 Sep 2020 at 12:00 pm AEST

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Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is the realisation of a partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the historic Central Police Station (CPS) compound.

The restored CPS compound comprises a total of 16 heritage buildings, 2 new buildings (designed by Herzog & de Meuron) and unique open space as a destination for arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central District.

Tracey Skovronek and Steve Phillips, of Purcell Architects, will discuss working in collaboration with Herzog de Meuron and Rocco Design Architects, to conserve the 170 years of the Central Police Station’s rich cultural and architectural history, transforming it into the flourishing cultural centre it is today. The presentation will explore the ‘new’ concept of conservation and the challenges presented by local building codes in Hong Kong and the desired retention of historic fabric with bold contemporary design.


Steve Phillips is an Associate at Purcell and leads the practice’s Hong Kong studio. Steve joined Purcell in 2003 and worked on a number of prestigious projects across the UK and Ireland before moving to Hong Kong in 2011. In Hong Kong, Steve has worked on several high profile projects including Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, The University of Hong Kong Main Building and a series of private Members Clubs. He has a passion for producing high quality design with attention to detail resulting in consistently high standards of work across Purcell’s core offer: architecture, masterplanning and heritage consultancy. Steve is an active member of Purcell’s sustainability group, and he approaches projects methodically, overseeing delivery from conceptual stages to on-site construction works. Steve brings a collaborative approach to the relationships he forges with his clients, achieving client satisfaction and project successes.

Tracey Skovronek is the Regional Partner for Purcell’s Asia Pacific studios and a member of Purcell’s Board. Tracey joined Purcell UK in 2002 before moving to Australia to lead Purcell’s development across Asia Pacific. Tracey has a wealth of experience across the UK and Asia Pacific leading significant heritage projects across sectors. She is passionate about progressive conservation, creative design and the importance of nurturing collaborative client and interdisciplinary relationships. Across Asia Pacific, Tracey and her team provide architectural design, conservation and heritage advice for proposals in the historic settings. The scope of these services extends from high level strategic visioning through to conservation and adaptive re-use.

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15 Sep 2020
12:00 pm AEST
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