Among the projects in operation, four have received UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.They are the Former North Kowloon Magistracy, which was revitalised as the Hong Kong Campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design; the Old Tai O Police Station, which was revitalised as the Tai O Heritage Hotel; Mei Ho House, which was revitalised as YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel; and the Old Tai Po Police Station, which was revitalised as the Green Hub for sustainable living.
From 1986 to 2013 it was used as a rehabilitation hostel for psychiatric patients. The Revitalisation Scheme aims to preserve government-owned historic buildings and put them into innovative use as well as promote active public participation in conservation of historic buildings and create job opportunities.
Its first permanent facility, the M Pavilion, commenced operation last year.
Other art and cultural facilities, including the Xiqu Centre, Art Park, Freespace and M Museum, will be completed in phases during the next few years.
One of the key selection criteria in the Revitalisation Scheme is public access to and enjoyment of historic buildings.
Applicants are encouraged to open the whole or part of the historic building to the public for their appreciation on, on the premise that the social enterprise operation therein is not affected.