Background of Our Centre
Jointly established in 2008 by the Environmental Protection Department and The University of Hong Kong, our historically revitalized Centre supports nature exploration through exhibitions, ecological tours and green workshops. Through partnerships with universities, government and the wider community, we provide public experiential environmental education to build a community living sustainably and harmoniously with nature.
History of our building
There are three English style architecture in our centre which are over 100 years old:
- The West Point Filters Bungalow, where our Inspiring Gallery is located, has been classified as a Grade I Historical Building in 2010. It provided accommodation for senior officers who worked at the West Point Filter Beds (a.k.a Pok Fu Lam Filter Beds). It was originally built with red bricks and a chimney for the fireplace that still exists in the reception area. A rare example of Edwardian Arts and Crafts architecture style, records show the construction was taken place in 1914-1919, though some sources point to a construction date earlier than 1904.
- The building where we hold workshops and seminars was once workmen’s quarter. Smaller and less sophisticated than the adjoining bungalow, these quarters was used as a kitchen and as watchmen’s quarters. Utilitarian in design, this single-storey building has a pitched roof covered with Chinese tiles.
- Our office was also a workmen’s quarter. It was originally sub-divided into smaller rooms for housing workmen. The red bricks originally used for the three buildings of the Centre can still be seen here. If you look closely at the door frame, the original blue door paint associated with government buildings can still be spotted under the white layer of outer paint.