Hong Kong to preserve its heritage buildings

Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015

Hong Kong to preserve its heritage buildingsThe Government has formally accepted the Antiquities Advisory Board’s recommendations on built heritage conservation policy.

At a retreat session with board members today, Secretary for Development Paul Chan said the Government has secured additional resources to take forward the board’s recommendations.

He said he will continue to secure additional resources to implement the board’s recommendation to set up an administrative built heritage fund to support current initiatives and new public education and publicity measures.

Several other recommendations were also put in place in the past few months, for example improving the application procedure for a maintenance scheme to facilitate the preparatory work of maintenance projects involving privately-owned historic buildings.

A team in the Antiquities & Monuments Office was setup to conduct 3D scanning for historic buildings under threat or worthy of public viewing, which serves as the first step to create a database of detailed records of historic buildings.

The Government will consider setting up an archive of built heritage for public access and appreciation after the 3D scanning records have been built up to a certain level.


The Buildings Department will update the practice notes and practice guidebook for the conservation of historic buildings next year, to provide clearer and more specific guidelines to private owners and the industry.


The Government will also carry out a pilot study on the ‘point-line-plane’ approach, and will work with the board and experts to explore the direction of taking this subject forward.


Mr Chan thanked the board’s chairman Andrew Lam for leading the members to study the complicated issue of built heritage conservation in the past two years and complete the review successfully.

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