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SCAD Hong Kong (Former North Kowloon Magistracy Building) in Hong Kong SAR, China Received the Honourable Mention in 2011 UNESCO Heritage Awards

UNESCO recognized the outstanding restoration work of SCAD Hong Kong (Former North Kowloon Magistracy Building) in Hong Kong SAR, China with an award ceremony on Sunday, 11 December 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Sky 100, 100/F, International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China.

SCAD Hong Kong’s project which demonstrated possibilities of adaptive reuse for public buildings of this typology received the Honourable Mention in the 2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The jury praised the project as follows: “The adaptive re-use of the former North Kowloon Magistracy as an international university of the arts has breathed new life into a decommissioned 1960s government building. It is a model for successful public-private cooperation under the framework of Hong Kong SAR’s policy for retaining and optimizing the value of heritage buildings.”

Mr. Timothy Curtis, Chief of Culture Unit of UNESCO Bangkok presented the official plaque to SCAD Vice President John Paul Rowan. Certificates of recognition were as well presented to the Hong Kong Development Bureau and the Commissioner for Heritage's Office and other SCAD Hong Kong project team members.

Mrs. Carrie Lam, Secretary for Development, Mr. Wai Chi-sing, Permanent Secretary for Development and SCAD President Paula Wallace witnessed the ceremony as the Guest of Honour. Government officials from the Development Bureau, Legislative Council members, members of the Antiquities Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee on the Revitalization of Historic Buildings, local universities representatives, and guests from sponsoring organizations for the conference and the open days also attended the ceremony.

In 2011, a total of 34 entries from 10 countries in the region were submitted for consideration. In addition to SCAD Hong Kong, nine other projects were also awarded in 2011. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2012.

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