Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound

1884, Government 政府建築

2A Canton Road

The Former Marine Police Headquarters was constructed in 1884, comprising of a main building, a stable block and a signal tower. The compound has been utilised by the Marine Police since its establishment until 1996, except for the Japanese Occupation period when it was used as a base by the Japanese navy.

The main building was a two-storey architecture. An extra level was added in the 1920s. The south-east, east, and south wings of the main building served as married quarters. The building was equipped with Hong Kong’s first fresh water tank and underfloor natural ventilation system to adapt to local climate. During the Japanese Occupation period, extensive underground tunnels were constructed beneath the lawn. However after World War II, in view of public safety, these tunnels were blocked and sealed.

The signal tower is the most unique structure of the compound. Located at the southern tip of Kowloon peninsula and surrounded by sea on three sides, the tower provided time signals to ships in the harbour. The Former Marine Police Headquarters is the oldest remaining government structure in Hong Kong, which later became a declared monument in 1994.

The compound was developed into a hotel and tourist spot in 2003. It is Hong Kong’s first private sector adaptive re-use project by means of public tender.





文:謝正勤 (香港註冊建築師)
攝影:梁以華 (香港註冊建築師)