Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

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Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

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Date & Time

7 Jun 2021 7:15pm-8:45pm


JC Cube




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Tai Kwun Conversations is a series of inspiring talks that brings together brilliant minds to discuss the challenges and rewards in pursuing a sustainable future through active management of heritage resources. Join us at this monthly event to discover outstanding practices in heritage conservation and strike up a conversation with our renowned guest speakers.

A joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR, the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project has seen experts going through a decade-long journey to transform the once-closed premises into a centre for heritage and arts. Bringing in a multitude of expertise, the Project has innovated a number of creative solutions in building and engineering works intended to be unseen and hidden in the historic environment.

In the upcoming Tai Kwun Conversations, the executive architect and the engineering consultant of Hong Kong’s single largest heritage revitalisation project so far will unveil the challenges and solutions in revitalising the Central Police Station compound.


Charles Kung | Director, Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd.

Gabriel Yam | Associate, Arup; Project Manager

6:30pm – 7:15pm


7:15pm – 8:15pm


8:15pm – 8:45pm


*The event will be conducted in Cantonese, with simultaneous interpretation from Cantonese to English available.

About The Speakers

Charles Kung
Gabriel Yam

Charles Kung is the Director of Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong and joined the Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd in 1997. He brings expertise spanning both detail design development and project management and has been the team leader in various projects across Hong Kong and China. He has extensive experience in managing complex projects with diverse stakeholder inputs, which includes IFC development, hotel ICON and Central Police Station Revitalisation Project. He has been a member of the Building and Lands Committee of HKIA from 2016 to 2019 and has contributed to every project with his wealth of government liaison knowledge to ensure smooth approval process.

Gabriel Yam graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1995 and obtained his Master of Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999. Gabriel joined Arup as an Associate in 2008 and has worked on the Tai Kwun project since 2009 until its opening in 2018. He was the project manager and led a team of multi-disciplinary engineers in Hong Kong and collaborated with international heritage experts and world-renowned architects for the conservation and revitalisation work of the former Central Police Station compound. Innovation solutions were achieved using a balanced design approach between modern-day regulations and preservation of historic fabric. The Tai Kwun project was recognised for its technical excellence by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and won the grand award in both Structural and Fire Engineering in 2019.

Tai Kwun Treats

“Tai Kwun Treats” are now available for the participants of this programme! Get the vouchers and enjoy various privileged offers at designated shops and restaurants.

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