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Result of Selection

Tai O Heritage Hotel : Old Tai O Police Station

Old Tai O Police Station


Address: Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island

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Gross Floor Area: 1,000 m2

Year Built: 1902

* Grading: Grade II

Possible Uses: Boutique hotel, café, museum, eco-tourism

Selected Project : Tai O Heritage Hotel by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited


(This link will open in a new window)Presentation by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited on 17 February 2009

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Capital cost: About $64.9 million

* Government subsidy required for operation of social enterprise: Nil

General Project Description

To establish a boutique heritage hotel with a view to:

Revitalising the colonial Tai O Police Station in a beautiful rural seaside and fisheries village setting and offering unique natural environment, and hospitality experience;

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* Promoting Tai O to local and overseas visitors as a tourist destination with high cultural, historical and environmental values;

Providing Hong Kong people and overseas tourists with a tranquil rural retreat;

* Engaging the local community in the revitalisation of historic buildings and providing employment opportunities and training to Tai O and Lantau residents;

Promoting the beauty of Hong Kong's countryside and green living to local and overseas tourists; and


Encouraging further sustainable initiatives.

How to reflect or bring out Historical Significance of the Building

The project has captured the architectural quality and configuration of the Old Tai O Police Station and offered innovative and commendable ways to conserve, recover and capitalise the cultural significance of the building while retaining the highest degree of authenticity.

The project will:

Transform the Old Tai O Police Station into a themed boutique hotel with colonial-style architecture and 9 suites;

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* Establish a publicly accessible heritage library/museum and an exhibition area displaying the history of the former police station and Tai O; and

Pose an image of contemporary lifestyle and embrace its historical and architectural legacy and hence establish the building as a unique landmark in the district.

Technical and Design Aspects


The project shows thorough understanding of the site and conservation guidelines, and makes every effort to demonstrate compliance with modern-day requirements.

* The project will provide an inclined lift running on rails for visitors’ access to the hotel from the street level.

It will set up a specialty rooftop cafe/restaurant. The proposed glazed pitched roof at the outhouse for a restaurant is reversible and independent of the existing structure, and is acceptable from a conservation view point.

* The themed food and beverage engaging the green with commanding views will be an iconic attraction for visitors and tourists.

It will retain deck portion and provide quality space for hotel function.


The project will also recover and reinstall missing items.

Social Benefits

The project will:

Have a positive effect on the long-term revitalisation plans for the Tai O fishing village and bring new energy to economy;

* Promote heritage, tourism and greening and achieve synergy among them;

Help preserve Tai O's unique cultural traditions; and

* Engage the local community, through tour guide training and language programmes targeting local or nearby residents.

Job Creation

The project will create 103 jobs during renovation period and 10 full-time and 10 part-time jobs for local residents upon project commissioning.

Estimated Flow of People

About 61,000 headcounts per year for the first three years.

Selected Organisation


The Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited is a non-profit-making organisation established in December 2007.

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* It aims to protect and maintain heritage buildings, and promote the conservation and appreciation of heritage and historic places, and their importance in the life of our communities.

Members of the Board of Directors have much experience in the design and management of many heritage building conservation and revitalisation projects in Singapore, including Fullerton Hotel & Resorts, Far East Square, Fullerton Waterboat House, Albert Court Hotel, Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, One Fullerton and The Customs House.

Way Forward

* The selected organisation has to:
  • Complete the detailed project design;
  • Complete the required administrative procedures;
  • Seek formal funding approval from the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council;
  • Carry out the renovation work (anticipated renovation period: around 18 months);
  • Apply for licences (where applicable) for intended operations; and
  • Sign with government agreements on operations of the social enterprise and preservation of the historic building.
* Anticipated Project Commissioning Time: Q1 2012

Anticipated Breakeven Time: Year 1