Public Views Invited on the Proposed Gradings of the Post 1950 Former Central Government Offices
From now until 31 August 2012, members of the public are invited to express their views on the proposed gradings of the Post 1950 Former Central Government Offices and / or provide additional information on the concerned site / buildings, if any, by writing to the Antiquities and Monuments Office via:
Proposed Gradings of the Post 1950 Former Central Government Offices
Plans and Photos of the Post 1950 Former Central Government Offices
Reference materials in regard to the Post 1950 Former Central Government Offices
The Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) decided at its meeting on 23 November 2011 that although the three buildings of the Former Central Government Offices (CGO), namely the Main Wing, East Wing and West Wing, were newly raised item, rather than items on the list of 1 444 historic buildings, assessment of their gradings could be accorded with priority. The Chairman of AAB concluded at the meeting that the Assessment Panel would be requested to grade the three buildings of the Former CGO at the same time but it would be up to them to advise whether individual grading should be given for each single building of CGO.
On 31 May 2012, the Assessment Panel discussed the Former CGO after taking into account information and materials collected from various sources such as desktop research and those provided by the public, and recommended to accord a proposed Grade 1 status to the Former CGO site, and a proposed Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 status to the Main Wing, East Wing and West Wing respectively.
The AAB discussed the recommendations made by the Assessment Panel at its meeting on 14 June 2012. After the consideration of all information and comments received, the AAB agreed to accord a proposed Grade 1 status to the Former CGO site, and a proposed Grade 1, Grade 1 and Grade 2 status to the Main Wing, East Wing and West Wing respectively.
Following the usual practice, the AAB is conducting a public consultation on the proposed gradings of the Former CGO. The AAB Secretariat will report all information or views received during the public consultation to Members of the AAB before finalising the gradings of the Former CGO.
In the prevailing grading exercise of 1 444 historic buildings, six criteria namely historical interest, architectural merit, group value, social value and local interest, authenticity and rarity are adopted.
Definitions of Gradings
Grade 1 : Buildings of outstanding merit, which every effort should be made to preserve if possible.
Grade 2 : Buildings of special merit; efforts should be made to selectively preserve.
Grade 3 : Buildings of some merit; preservation in some form would be desirable and alternative means could be considered if preservation is not practicable.
* The definitions of gradings are administrative guidelines adopted by the AAB and the Antiquities and Monuments Office for the preservation of historic buildings.
Written Submissions collected during Public Consultation