Central Government Offices

Time to reopen saved government site

General view of the former Central Government Offices (CGO) in Central. Photo: Felix Wong

Now that the government has caved in to public demands to preserve all of the former Central Government Offices, we must ask why the paths through the site are still closed to the public.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5:03am 1 comment

Activists get artistic in quest to save west wing from demolition

Two dozen people gathered at the gates of the west wing of the former central government offices yesterday dressed as former historic buildings in a quest to stop demolition of the 53-year-old building.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Many government departments would be willing to use renovated west wing

At the same time that the Antiquities Advisory Board recommended retaining the former central government offices as a heritage compound, the government announced it was sticking to its plan to allow a developer to replace the west wing with a tower.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Government to redevelop part of old headquarters

The government may give up its plan to sell part of the historic Government Hill to developers, but it is resolved to redevelop the west wing of its former headquarters.

'Our stance on the west wing of the old Central Government Offices has remained unchanged ... it will be demolished for redevelopment,' a Development Bureau spokesman said yesterday.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Tamar visits dropped after bug alert

Three groups of visitors called off trips to the new Tamar government headquarters this month, despite official pledges that the complex has been thoroughly disinfected after the discovery of potentially fatal bacteria.

The groups dropped their plans to see the new Legislative Council building in Admiralty after the contamination was made known.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Government Hill is important part of HK's history and should be left alone

I refer to your editorial ('Public has stake in Government Hill', November 17) and the letter from Katty Law ('Plans to sell off Government Hill display ignorance and irresponsibility', November 19).

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


West wing is an integral part of hill

It is ironic that the Development Bureau is planning to launch a two-day Heritage Fiesta in December to tie in with an international conference on heritage conservation (also organised by the bureau) when it has announced its revamped plan to sell off virtually the whole of Government Hill to a developer by tender in 2013.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Plans to sell off Government Hill display ignorance and irresponsibility

The government's plan to sell off a large area of Government Hill to a private developer shows how shamelessly irresponsible our short-term politicians are regarding heritage conservation. There is an urgent need for knowledge-based public deliberations on proper protection of this immensely significant heritage area.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Threatened government offices still 'highly useable'

The redevelopment of Government Hill would cause the loss of a fine piece of modern, functional architecture, academics working with a concern group said yesterday.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Congregation members hit out over plan for high-rise

Senior members of the St John's Cathedral congregation have individually spoken out against the government plan's to build a high-rise on the edge of Government Hill beside the site of the cathedral.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Central site could become a sterile concrete environment

Many people are upset that yet again a substantial budget surplus is being squandered on handouts instead of being used to fund programmes that would benefit the community at large.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Group urges rethink on Government Hill site plan

An alliance of 20 heritage protection groups and former government officials is calling for the Government Hill plan to be reconsidered and more options made available.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

More of the same is not what we need

Despite Hong Kong's small size and short history, it is hard to pinpoint areas of physical development in which it is lacking.

23 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Skyscraper plans for Government Hill site

There was widespread relief last year when Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen unveiled initiatives to preserve Government Hill, the centre of administration since early colonial times.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Law may be needed to stop historic Central area being overdeveloped

A heritage study of Government Hill calls for a legislative change to create a 'special protection area' to safeguard the historic zone from inappropriate development.

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am