Government extends term of Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation

     The Government announced today (May 13) an extension of the term of appointment of the incumbent Chairman and 17 non-official members, and the appointment of two non-official members through Phase IV of the Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth, to the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation (ACBHC) from May 15 to December 31, 2022.
     The Secretary for Development, Mr Michael Wong, said, "The ACBHC is an important advisor to the Government on built heritage conservation as well as the operation of the Built Heritage Conservation Fund (BHCF). The Committee has contributed significantly on this front. The selection of proposals for the first four projects (namely Tai Tam Tuk Raw Water Pumping Station Staff Quarters Compound, Homi Villa, Fong Yuen Study Hall and King Yin Lei) under Batch VI of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Revitalisation Scheme) is near completion. As for the Former North Kowloon Magistracy, which was subsequently included into Batch VI of the Revitalisation Scheme, the assessment has also entered the final stage. The extension of the incumbent ACBHC term to end of the year will help maintain continuity in the tasks currently handled by the Committee and ensure efficient and smooth completion of Batch VI of the Revitalisation Scheme. The appointment of the two new non-official members will also bring in fresh ideas to the work of the Committee.
     "With additional funds injected into the BHCF this year, the Committee will help further our efforts in conserving built heritage. I look forward to continue working with the Committee on issues relating to built heritage conservation in Hong Kong," he continued.
     Mr Wong also expressed gratitude to the outgoing non-official member, Professor Ho Pui-yin, for her dedicated service and contributions to the ACBHC in the past six years.
     The ACBHC was established in 2016 to advise the Government on the operation of the BHCF. The Committee assesses new applications and monitors existing projects under the Revitalisation Scheme, monitors the operation of the Financial Assistance for Maintenance Scheme on Built Heritage, and advises on the two funding schemes on public engagement projects and thematic research. The Committee comprises members from different fields and professions including architecture, historical research, social enterprise, engineering, surveying, town planning, finance, business, as well as the art and cultural sector in the community.
     The membership list of the ACBHC with effect from May 15, 2022, is set out below:
Professor Lau Chi-pang
Non-official Members
Mr David Chak Wing-pong
Mr Cheung King-wai*
Mr Calvin Chiu Kit-man
Dr Fok Yeung-yeung*
Mr Vincent Ho Kui-yip
Ms Renee Hue Yi-yan
Professor Desmond Hui Cheuk-kuen
Ms Samantha Kong Wing-man
Mr Jeffrey Kwok Pak-wai
Dr Jane Lee Ching-yee
Mr Lee Tsz-leung
Mrs Miranda Leung Chan Che-ming
Ms Sharon Liu Chung-gay
Dr Eunice Mak Hoi-cheung
Ms Yanice Mak Wing-yan
Mr Douglas So Cheung-tak
Professor Billy So Kee-long
Ms Chloe Suen Yin-wah
Mr Plato Yip Kwong-to
Official Members
Commissioner for Heritage, Development Bureau
Assistant Director of Architectural Services (Property Services)
Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Heritage and Museums)
*New members appointed through Phase IV of the Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth
Ends/Friday, May 13, 2022
Issued at HKT 15:00