Central School The Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters PMQ

The original campus of the Central School was established at Gough Street, north of Hollywood Road. It was the first government school in Hong Kong providing western education to the public at the upper primary and secondary levels. Dr. Sun Yat-sen studied at the school in 1884. In 1889, the School was relocated to a site at the junction of Aberdeen Street and Hollywood Road. In 1894, the Central School was further renamed as Queen’s College, and the name stayed until today. The school buildings at Hollywood Road were severely damaged during the World War II and was rebuilt as the first Police Married Quarters for married junior police officers, which was left unused since 2000.

In October 2009, the Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters was included as one of the eight projects implemented by the Development Bureau, to be preserved under the “Conserving Central” of the Policy Address. In November 2010, the project was awarded to the Musketeers Education and Culture Charitable Foundation Limited, with the support of Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Design Institute of the Vocational Training Council, to transform the site into a creative industries landmark named “PMQ”, thereby creating a new platform and instilling power in Hong Kong’s creative industries.

Highlights of Event

1862

Central School established at Gough Street.

1884

Dr. Sun Yat-sen studied in the Central School.

1889



Central School moved to Hollywood Road and was renamed as Victoria College.

1894

It was further renamed as Queen’s College.

1941

During the Japanese Occupation, the school was temporary closed and occupied by the Japanese as the headquarters of a contingent of Japanese cavalry. The school building then caught fire and was razed to the ground towards the end of the war.

1947

Queen’s College moved to the temporary campus at Kennedy Road.

1948

The school buildings were demolished for the construction of the Police Married Quarters.

1951

The Police Married Quarters established.

1981

One of the buildings serving as the Hollywood Road Police Primary School was converted into the Central Junior Police Call Clubhouse.

2000

All residents had moved out from the quarters.

2005 - 2007

The Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) had conducted several investigations at the site to review its heritage value, and found the remnants of the Central School within and around the site.

2007

The Government announced that the Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters would be removed from the List of Sites for Sale by Application.

2010

The AMO rated the Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters as Grade 3 Historic Building in Hong Kong.

The Secretary for Development announced that the Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters would be transformed into a creative industries landmark named “PMQ” by the Musketeers Education and Culture Charitable Foundation Ltd. (Musketeers Foundation), with the support of Hong Kong Design Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Design Institute of the Vocational Training Council.

2012

Commencement of the renovation under the supervision of the Architectural Services Department.

2014



The PMQ started to operate.

REMARK

Special thanks to the following organisations in granting the right to use the above photographs: (in alphabetical order)

  • Antiquities and Monuments Office
  • Information Services Department
  • Public Records Office of the Government Records Service