Expert Panel to undertake grading of Central Government Offices

In response to media enquiries regarding the discussion by the Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) yesterday (November 23) on grading of the West Wing of Central Government Offices (CGO), a spokesman for the Antiquities and Monuments Office today (November 24) said that AAB agreed yesterday that although the three buildings of CGO (Main Wing, East Wing and West Wing) were newly raised items, rather than items on the list of 1,444 historic buildings being processed with the help of the Expert Panel of the AAB, assessment of their grading could be accorded with priority.

"With reference to the advice of members of the AAB, the Expert Panel will grade the three buildings of CGO at the same time. The AAB agreed to let the Expert Panel study and recommend whether to follow the usual practice of according individual grading to the three buildings. However, the final decision of grading will rest with the AAB. The Chairman of the AAB, Mr Bernard Chan, has already made the relevant clarification in a radio programme today," said the spokesman.

Ends/Thursday, November 24, 2011
Issued at HKT 20:35