With a history of more than 80 years, the Central Market Building will be revitalised into a whole new landmark, a “Playground for All”, that connects the community, safeguards our cultural heritage, and drives innovation.

30 April 2021
The Central Market as we know it today is its fourth iteration. Built in 1939 in the Bauhaus style, the current architectural design emphasises the integration of form and function. Critically, it is one of the only remaining buildings of this style that has survived in Hong Kong. Central Market was in operation until 2003, after which it was rated as a Grade III historical building.

From 2009 to 2011, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) conducted extensive public engagements to discover what the public wanted regarding operational approaches of a revitalised Central Market Building. The first round of survey results suggested that more than 80% of respondents wanted inexpensive eateries of good quality and local flavours. Respondents also indicated that they wanted the architectural design to be preserved and enhanced, and that the interior space should be reconfigured to create a diversified and non-uniform leisure space for public enjoyment.

The opinions collected from the public engagement exercise were consolidated and issued as part of the requirements on how Central Market should be operated in the future. After a rigorous selection process, the URA has recently chosen Chinachem Group to manage and operate the city’s Central Market revitalization project for a term of ten years. By enhancing the building’s historical heritage to enshrine it in collective memory, Chinachem Group aims to create a cultural corridor between old and new neighbourhoods and evoke a sense of belonging and connection.
About Central Market


▷ 1842

 

The first-generation Central Market opened to the south of its present site under the management of a Chinese man called A Foon.

 

 

▷ 1850s

 

Rapid population growth resulted in a demand for new markets. The second-generation Central Market is believed to have been established in the 1850s at its present location.

 

 

▷ 1895

 


Ding Xinbao, City of Victoria, A Selection of the Museum's Historical Photographs, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of History, 1999, p.44

 

The third-generation Central Market comprised two blocks of two storeys each with a central avenue in between. The walls of the building were red brick with granite features.

 

 

▷ 1939

 

 

The fourth and last Central Market rises four storeys and is an example of the Streamline Moderne Bauhaus style of the time. The building has a total of 255 market stalls with an open Atrium located at the center of the building.

 

 

▷ 2021

 

Revitalised under the new theme of “Playground for All”, Central Market is expected to commence its first phase of operations in the third quarter of 2021.

We believe that the project can not only unveil the history of the past through the building characteristics, but actually showcase and lead the future as well. By adopting a flexible and interactive design, we aim to make it a ‘21st Century Marketplace’,

Donald Choi, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group

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