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Central Market

Project Site Information

Location:80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Site Area:4,231 sq.m.
Completion year:1939
Antiquities Authority GradingGrade 3 Historic Building

Project Status

The Town Planning Board approved the section 16 planning application on 19 July 2013. The comprehensive design consultant is currently preparing General Building Plans.

Project Programme

The project will be implemented in two phases. The first phase of the project will be completed in 2017/2018 and the entire project in 2019/2020.

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In the Policy Address 2009, the URA was entrusted with revitalising the former Central Market for public use.  In view of the need for better air ventilation in busy Central, the URA proposed 'Central Oasis' as the theme of this project. After revitalisation, the "Central Oasis" will provide some much needed space and greenery in Central.

The site where Central Market building is located underwent a number of partial demolitions and re-building works in the current form of the building is in fact a result of the fourth generation of modification works. It is an example of the Streamline Moderne architecture, and is characterized by slim horizontal lines and functionalism.

In 2009, the Central Oasis Community Advisory Committee (COCAC) was set up, comprising leaders and experts from both public and private sectors, to provide guidance and advice on the public consultation process and future use of the Central Oasis.

Under the guidance of COCAC, a series of public engagement exercises have been carried out. Public charettes were hosted by COCAC, C&WDC and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in mid-2010. A Hong Kong-wide Design Concept Roving Exhibition was held in 2011. The active and enthusiastic public responses to these series have enabled COCAC to understand the public views and preferences on the revitalisation direction of the project. A design brief was drawn up based on these public views and preferences, and the comprehensive design consultancy (CDC) contract was awarded in November 2011.

Details of the public engagment process (Chinese only):

For more information on COCAC, please visit:

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    Existing view of Central Market
    Facade facing Queens Road Central
    Oasis Gallery
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Last updated at: 2013.08.21