| Brief History |
As a composite node for Hong Kong's law and order, judiciary and correctional services from the early days of the British Colony until recently, the Central Police Station (CPS) Compound comprises three groups of magnificent buildings: the CPS, the former Central Magistracy, and Victoria Prison. The CPS buildings were erected between 1864 and 1919, with the former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison built in 1914 and 1841 respectively. Most of Victoria Prison's original buildings were damaged by bombing during World War II.
| Architectural Interest |
The CPS Compound forms a group of historical architecture that represents the law and order of Hong Kong in the early days. Architecturally they are mainly in the Victorian/ Edwardian Colonial style and are the only surviving group of late-19th and early-20th Century buildings in the city centre. They were declared monuments under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance (Cap. 53) in 1995 because of their historical significance.
| Proposed Future Use |
Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club have entered into a partnership to conserve and revitalise this highly important heritage site. The CPS Compound will be revitalised as a centre for heritage, art and leisure, complementing the organic development of the neighbouring area as a contemporary arts zone. All historic buildings in the Compound will be preserved. Two new buildings of a modest scale will be constructed, namely an art gallery at Old Bailey Street and an auditorium at Arbuthnot Road.