On 20 August 2020, the Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced that the Former North Kowloon Magistracy has been included in Batch VI of the Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme (Revitalisation Scheme) initiative. Revitalisation proposals from non-profit organisations are invited with the aim to give historic buildings a new lease of life.
Previously, the Former North Kowloon Magistracy was one of the projects under Batch I of the Revitalisation Scheme. It was revitalised into the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) by the SCAD Foundation Hong Kong, which commenced operation in September 2010 for the provision of non-local higher education courses in art and design.
SCAD Hong Kong notified the government earlier that it would discontinue operation starting from 1 June 2020. The government has taken over the historic building after the expiry of the tenancy in accordance with the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement.
The following information of the above revitalisation project can be obtained from the Commissioner for Heritage’s website:
- Application guide
- Application form
- Resource kit containing the historical background of the building
- Conservation guidelines
The deadline for submission is noon on 21 December 2020.
In addition, an open day of this historic building with guided tours and briefings will be tentatively arranged on 15 September 2020 for interested applicants to learn more about the application procedures and assessment criteria. — Construction+ Online