The Former Marine Police Headquarters were occupied by the Hong Kong Marine Police from 1880’s to 1996, except for the period during second world war. The site comprises the Main Building, Stable Block, Time Ball Tower, Old Kowloon Fire Station and Fire Station Accommodation Block. The rich colonial characteristic of the Former Marine Police Headquarters is reflected in the Victorian architecture of the buildings on site. In recognition of such historical significance, all the buildings, except for Main Block of the Old Kowloon Fire Station, were declared monuments under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance in 1994.
Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the Former Marine Police Headquarters have been rejuvenated and re-integrated into the urban fabric of the surrounding area. The 120 year-old historical development has been revitalized and transformed into a cultural and shopping landmark in Hong Kong – “1881 Heritage”. Following extensive renovation and conservation works by CK Asset Holdings Limited, “1881 Heritage” now features luxury shops, fine dining establishments and hip bars, a heritage hotel, and a Heritage Hall which allows visitors to discover the history of the site.