The revitalised Trail, integrating art elements under the theme of "art across time" and in concert with the unique cultural and historical ambiance of Central and Western District, becomes Hong Kong's latest cultural attraction.
Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong's largest heritage conservation and revitalisation project, involving renovation of the historic Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison compound, partially opened to the public on 29th May 2018 as part of a phased opening process, initially involving eleven of sixteen heritage buildings including prison cells, new art galleries, auditorium, the parade ground and prison yard.
There are videos and interactive exhibits to help visitors appreciate how the prison used to operate.
The three-storey Married Inspectors' Quarters will remain closed as work continues to restore the wall and part of the roof which collapsed in 2016.
The Buildings Department released an investigation report into the incident in May 2017 finding that the collapse was due to hollowing out of multiple pockets in brick piers and walls for installation of steel members for timber floor strengthening of the first floor verandah resulting in failure of the load bearing piers.
A height limit of 77-metres was proposed by a group of non-governmental organistations including heritage concern groups and green groups but was rejected by the Town Planning Board in November 2009.
Following a six-month public consulation the revised design was finally unveiled in October 2010.
The Government has entered into a tenancy agreement with the project company at nominal rent for an initial term of 10 years and a further term of 10 years subject to mutual agreement.
The HKJCCT has funded all the revitalisation works, amounting to about HK.5 billion, and will fund all operational deficits during the term of the tenancy agreement until the operation of the CPS Compound is financially self-sustaining.
In April 2015 Tobias Berger, curator of West Kowloon Cultural District's M museum was named as head of art and Winnie Yeung Wing-yin, Sino Land's heritage manager who supervised the revitalisation of Old Tai O Police Station as Tai O Heritage Hotel, was appointed as head of heritage.
The project received a major setback when, on 29th May 2016, parts of the roof and first and second floors of Block 4, the oldest building at the compound, the former married inspectors' quarters, collapsed.
Restaurants, cafes and shops will eventuallytake up 27 per cent of space.