Government invites applications for short-term leases at Cattle Depot

The Commissioner for Heritage's Office of the Development Bureau will begin inviting applications for the short-term lease of the vacant units and open space at the Ex-Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot (Cattle Depot) from March 1 (Thursday).

Seven vacant units and the open space within Cattle Depot are now available for short-term lease for activities and events. The proposed activities and events under the short-term lease should be arts or heritage-related, open to the public, and free from commercial activities such as selling and buying of goods and services. As the open space will be leased out free of charge, successful applicants are not allowed to charge an admission fee for activities or events held at the open space.

Located at 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Kowloon, Cattle Depot is the only surviving pre-war cattle slaughterhouse in Hong Kong. Constructed in 1908, it served as a slaughterhouse and quarantine base until mid-1999.

Renovation and conversion works took place in 2001 to convert the depot for arts and cultural use. The depot was confirmed as a Grade II historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board in 2009. The Development Bureau has assumed ownership of the site since 2010 with a view to revitalising the depot in the long run.

Guidelines for application, the application form and the fee chargeable for the short-term lease of vacant units can be downloaded from Applications should be made to the Commissioner for Heritage's Office via e-mail to or by fax to 2189 7264.

Ends/Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:43