Former magistracy to be revitalised

December 8, 2022
Heritage assets
Heritage assets:

A photomontage showcases the mock court after the magistracy’s court area is revitalised.

The Development Bureau announced today that a project proposed by the Society of Rehabilitation & Crime Prevention has been selected to revitalise the Former North Kowloon Magistracy in Sham Shui Po under Batch VI of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.

The Former North Kowloon Magistracy is a Grade 2 historic building.


The project will set up a universal judicial education centre to continue the magistracy's judicial spirit and traditions. It will also use the building as a starting point to connect the communities with heritage assets of the district, linking up traditional and new cultural resources so as to promote local culture and creative arts.


A wide range of activities will be organised for the public under four themes: judicial education, Hong Kong culture, partnership and co-sharing, and leisure life.


The project's revitalisation is expected to be complete in 2026. A substantial part of the historic building will be open to the public. Free guided tours and open days will be organised for people to appreciate the building and enjoy its facilities, thereby enhancing their understanding and awareness of conserving and revitalising historic buildings.

Secretary for Development Bernadette Linn said the project will give new life to the former magistracy and bring social benefits to the community.


She thanked the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation for its precious time, dedication and professionalism in assessing the applications and selecting the best and the most suitable adaptive re-use for the historic building.


The Government will earmark funding of about $160.5 million to subsidise the renovation of the magistracy and another $5 million to subsidise the initial operation of the project. It is expected to create over 30 jobs.

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