The Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government announced the results of its “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” today (17 February). HKBU has been selected from among 30 applications to undertake the Lui Seng Chun project.
According to the proposal, HKBU will transform the historic Lui Seng Chun building into a Chinese medicine clinic to be named “Hong Kong Baptist University Chinese Medicine and Healthcare Centre – Lui Seng Chun”, blending healthcare services, education and exhibition facilities. While conserving the heritage and architectural merits of Lui Seng Chun, the Centre aims to provide comprehensive Chinese medicine and healthcare services to the community, to enhance public knowledge of Chinese medicine and to help train professionals in the field. In addition, the conversion will turn the building into a historical and cultural landmark.
Mr. Andy Lee, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, is honoured and delighted that the University has been chosen to take up the project. “As an arts and science university, HKBU not only emphasises teaching and research but also spares no effort in community service. The University will work closely with the Government, stakeholders in the field and community leaders during the renovation. The project will be spearheaded by the School of Chinese Medicine and supported by professional teams from the University. It is our sincere hope that, through this project, we can contribute to the betterment of local heritage conservation and the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong.”
Mr. Lee thanked various organisations and Government departments involved in the project for their tremendous support and expressed the hope that they would continue to render their assistance during the upcoming renovation work. Mr. Lee also expressed his gratitude to the Lui family, which had generously donated the building.
Mr. Tim Lui, a member of the Lui family, welcomed and supported the selection of HKBU to lead the Lui Seng Chun revitalisation project as well as earnestly looked forward to the day the public would gain access to the historic building. “Over the years, HKBU has been dedicated to the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong and has made significant contributions thereon. I trust the centre will continue to uphold the spirit of Lui Seng Chun and keep up the mission of educating the public on the long history of Chinese medicine and enhancing public knowledge of and confidence in using Chinese medicine.”
The cost of the Lui Seng Chun renovation project is estimated at around HK$24.8 million and completion is expected in 2012. The Centre will offer a wide range of quality Chinese medical services to the public, from internal medicine to bone-setting, naprapathy and acupuncture, etc. Regular free medical consultations will also be provided for the needy. In addition, the Centre will organise periodic Chinese medicine exhibitions and healthcare talks for the public. Internship positions will be made available to, and training courses run for, Chinese medicine students and practitioners. The Centre will provide guided tours to introduce the history of Lui Seng Chun and to promote Chinese medicine and healthcare education to the community. The itinerary of these tours will include HKBU’s Dr. & Mrs.Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine and The Bank of China (Hong Kong) Chinese Medicines Centre to give visitors a comprehensive understanding of Chinese medicine and its practice in Hong Kong.
In terms of heritage conservation, HKBU will retain, as far as possible, the original look of the building and most of its typical architectural features, including the “Kee-lau” (Chinese verandah) design, decorative balustrades, doors, windows, floor tiles and the stone plaque marked with the name of the old family shop “Lui Seng Chun” installed at the top of the building. After revitalisation, the ground floor of the building will be used for exhibitions and the sale of herbal tea and medicine. A reception area, pharmacy store and preparation room will be located on the first floor. The second and third floor will mainly be used for consultations while part of the verandah of the first to third floors will be used as exhibition areas. A Chinese medicinal herb garden will be built on the rooftop of the building and other green measures, such as photovoltaic and rainwater collection systems, will also be installed.
Built in 1931, Lui Seng Chun is located at 119 Lai Chi Kok Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon. The four-storey building, with a total gross floor area of 600 square meters, has been categorised as a grade I historical building. “Lui Seng Chun” was the name of a Chinese bone-setting medicine shop which used to be located on the ground floor of the building. The shop later came to be regarded as representative of the development of local Chinese medicine.