Architects to rebuild school's foundations

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 February, 2009, 12:00am

The foundations of the city's historic Central School will be rebuilt by experts on the adjoining police married quarters site in Central, after two weeks of public consultations that begin later this month.

The public consultations, organised by Central and Western District Council with the help of artists and architects - under the name Former Central School Envisioning Days - will be held from February 21 to March 1 at the former police married quarters.

To aid the public consultation, the old police quarters will display a history of the old school and proposals for revitalising the site into a base for arts-related enterprises. A wide variety of programmes and activities will be held on the 'envisioning' days.

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects will recreate the school's foundations directly above the site where remnants of the real foundations were found in 2007.

'We won't uncover the historic site, which is currently covered with soil, because it would cause damage to the heritage without a long-term conservation plan,' said Eric Lee Chung-ming, chairman of the institute's heritage and conservation committee. 'But, with the installation, people will actually be able to walk on the site and feel the presence of the old structure.'

Tickets for the consultations are available at the Central and Western District Office from today.