Forum on Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme

A forum on the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Batch 1) will be held on May 5 (Tuesday). Organisations which have submitted applications for the Batch I buildings and potential applicants for Batch II are invited to attend.

The Development Bureau has, in consultation with the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings and the Antiquities Advisory Board, conducted an internal review on the implementation of the scheme after the selection results for the Batch I buildings were announced in February. A forum will be held to share the experience gained from the previous exercise with those interested in the scheme.

Non-profit-making organisations with charitable status under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance will be invited to submit proposals to revitalise the historic buildings under Batch II of the scheme in mid-2009. Five historic buildings - the Old Tai Po Police Station in Tai Po (relaunched), the Blue House Cluster in Wan Chai, Former Fanling Magistracy in Fanling, Old House at Wong Uk Village in Sha Tin and Stone Houses in Kowloon City will be open for application.

"Potential applicants for Batch II can learn from the forum common problems detected in Batch I applications and be better prepared for their submission of proposals. Views are also welcome on how to improve the scheme,” a Development Bureau spokesman said today (April 23).

The forum will be held at the Lecture Hall, Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui, from 10am to 12.30pm on May 5. Those interested in attending can download the registration form from the Heritage website ( Completed forms should reach the Commissioner for Heritage's Office by next Tuesday (April 28) by fax (2127 4090) or by email ( Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and each organisation can reserve two seats.

Ends/Thursday, April 23, 2009
Issued at HKT 17:28