This site at 35 Aberdeen Street has had a long history. In 1889, the Central School was relocated here from Gough Street, the first school providing a Western education at the upper primary and secondary levels to Chinese students. Renamed Victoria College then Queen’s College, its alumni include some of Hong Kong’s most successful and influential business tycoons. Severely damaged during the Second World War, the building had to be demolished. In 1951, the site started its next incarnation as the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters—the first dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers. In 2009 the site was listed as one of eight projects under ‘Conserving Central.’ Architecturally, it represents the typical modern style commonly found in the post-WWII period, which is characterised by a functional and pragmatic approach on elevations and interior layout, with minimum decoration and spatial articulation.
Under a partnership between the HK Government and the Musketeers Foundation, a non-profit-making charity committed to promoting creativity, education, arts and
culture, the buildings have been retained, reinforced, refurbished and upgraded.
Renamed as PMQ, the site is now a hub for design and creative industries. A PMQ
representative will guide us through this facility, including the Heritage exhibition rooms, Taste Library, and several Design Studios. The visit will conclude with an optional lunch on share-cost basis at one of the restaurants at PMQ.