The HK Peak towers over Central district on Hong Kong Island. It attracts residents and visitors with its stunning, panoramic giddy views over the harbour while strolling along Lugard Road named after Governor Frederick Lugard. The construction of the first section of the road started in June 1913. The remainder of the road was more difficult to build. In January 1919, with WW I over, work began again. This second section encircles the Peak and links with the Peak Tram station. The road was completed in March 1921 at a cost of HK$50,000. In the early colonial days, the Peak area for many years was the reserve of Europeans who built elegant houses on the Peak.
The oldest house on the road is No. 27 a two storey house
constructed in 1914 designed by Lennox Godfrey Bird of Palmer & Bird architects. The original land cost HK$2,160. The house was purchased for HK$384 million in September 2012. The current owners propose to convert No. 27 historical Grade II private house into a hotel on Lugard Road. The Town Planing Board has approved the use as a
hotel. The road is very narrow and only 2 m wide in some places so the owners propose to use electric golf carts for baggage and deliveries. However, it has become another controversial heritage site. Many are against the use of the mansion into a hotel due to mainly road safety concerns.
The former 1891 Aberdeen Police Station is one of government’s better heritage scenic, architecturally and historically interesting police stations. This splendid building has yet be identified for inclusion in the list suitable for adaptive re-use under the Revitalising Historical Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Revitalization Scheme). This building is gradually loosing the degeneration battle unless there is a plan to fully maintain the site and building fabric and encourage a suitable partner is found before the deterioration becomes so great that the site might become a part of the government’s desperate land grab and the classic building demolished.
The revitalised 1902 Tai O Police Station is an excellent example what can also be done to the old Aberdeen Police
See the articles on the former two police stations in the Articles on this website.
Our links to our past to this building can be fully preserved before it is too late!!
The compiler of this website is a Cornish exile and now a long Hong Kong resident researching past, present and future heritage and local life interests.