Phase One of Revitalised Central Market Opens Signify Blending Old and New
A Living Tribute to the Colour, Diversity and Vibrancy of City Life in Hong Kong, the “Playground for All” Warmly Welcomes its First Visitors
Ir Wai Chi-sing said, “When the Central Market was built 80 years ago, it was an epoch-making architecture, realising the spirit of innovation through the use of building materials, the ‘form follows function’ design, and the market bazaar operational mode. These elements effectively addressed the needs of urban development at the time and also solved the problems of environmental hygiene.”
He continued, “The cornerstone to the successful adaptive reuse of the revitalised Central Market lies with three pioneering approaches we are using. First, we embraced a new preservation and revitalisation thinking in architecture by linking the past with the present. Second, we will provide our tenants with operational support in the application of technology and big data analysis, to help them develop their businesses more effectively. Finally, there will also be initiatives to promote the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Art (STEAM) to nurture the creative thinking of the next generation.”
“I look forward to seeing the revitalised Central Market become a Hong Kong landmark that is full of vitality, and with a new purpose,” he said.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group, Donald Choi delivered a speech in the soft opening ceremony of the Central Market.
A Beloved Historic Building Becomes a Cherished Modern Space
With a total floor area of about 122,000 square feet, Central Market will not only retain the original architectural elements to illustrate the building’s long-standing history but will also showcase and lead the future with the creation of a “21st Century Marketplace” through a flexible and interactive design. There is about 56,500 square feet of leasable area with retail and F&B accounting for 70% and 30% of space, respectively, incorporating dining, shopping, work, leisure and entertainment, and cultural and educational elements under one roof. With diverse catering, retail and cultural activities, Central Market strives to be a unique leisure destination and a communal space where people from all walks of life can meet, mingle, and socialise in this approachable, vibrant, and gregarious landmark for the community.
Located at the heart of Hong Kong’s most prominent commercial district, Central Market has been for decades a hub for various commercial activities. The revitalised Central Market will also support local businesses and propel high potential start-ups through a pilot-to-mass adoption process with an aim to nurture innovations that support its sustainable growth. To continue this historical tradition of Central Market as a place where people's livelihood and the economy can blossom, the second floor will showcase different small and medium enterprises and start-ups.
Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing (3rd from right), Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group, Donald Choi (2nd from left),and Managing Director of Real Estate of Chinachem Group, Dennis Au (2nd from right) take part in a traditional eye-dotting ceremony.
Group photo of URA and Chinachem Group management team.
A Symbol of Community, Connection and Creativity
Interconnected between Queen Victoria Street and Jubilee Street, Central Market boasts an open concept design with bi-folding doors on both sides on the ground floor, defying the traditional commercial partition concept and fostering connection and engagement. The resulting large central piazza/atrium is equipped with projection and sound systems, providing an ideal venue for street performances and large-scale events. With about 100 seats for public enjoyment and wireless network coverage throughout, visitors can truly experience the liberty of being free to meet, eat, relax, and enjoy their way.
The semi-open space connecting the iconic Grand Staircase on the ground floor has been redefined for community performances. Fitted with a motion sensor system and an LED projection wall, it creates an engaging, interactive experience for visitors. In addition, a 2,500-square-foot multi-functional event space is located on the first floor, perfect for open forums, exhibitions, and cultural performances. A STEAM workshop will be held on [23-29 August]. As Central Market’s inaugural community event, this workshop is a joint effort between Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and Cyberport. Online registration is open for parents to enrol with their children. A new zone, STEAM Hub, developed to inspire more young people, will be ready for operation upon completion of the phase two of the restoration work.
Central Market will be open from 10am to 10pm daily.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group, Donald Choi introduces features of the Central Market to the media.