Hong Kong Police Headquarters
HK Arsenal House Police Headquarters.jpg
Hong Kong Police Headquarters Compound/Arsenal street
General information
Location1 Arsenal Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Construction started2002; 20 years ago (2002)
Completed2004; 18 years ago (2004)
Opening12 March 2005; 17 years ago (2005-03-12)
OwnerThe Facade Group
Roof206 m (676 ft)
Technical details
Floor count47
Floor area135,500 m2 (1,459,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectHong Kong Architectural Services Department
Structural engineerChina State Construction and Engineering Corporation
Main contractorHip Hing Construction Co. Ltd.

Coordinates: 22°16′43″N 114°10′05″E / 22.27872°N 114.16818°E / 22.27872; 114.16818The Hong Kong Police Headquarters (Chinese: 香港警察總部) or HKPHQ are located at 1 Arsenal Street, Wan Chai, on Hong Kong Island. It is the headquarters of the Hong Kong Police Force.

The headquarters complex comprises several buildings, including Arsenal House (including main building, East and West Wing) and Caine House. As at December 2010, 5,202 police officers and 2,032 civilian officers are deployed in this headquarters.[2]

Hong Kong Police Headquarters
Traditional Chinese香港警察總部
Simplified Chinese香港警察总部


1: Caine House (Established in 1952)2: Arsenal House (East Wing) (Established in 1990, formerly Arsenal House)3: Arsenal House (West Wing) (Established in 1997)4. Arsenal House (Established in 2005)
1: Caine House (Established in 1952)
2: Arsenal House (East Wing) (Established in 1990, formerly Arsenal House)
3: Arsenal House (West Wing)
(Established in 1997)
4. Arsenal House (Established in 2005)

Caine House

In 1864, first Hong Kong police headquarters was built at the junction with Hollywood Road and Wyndham Street. After early World War II, the headquarters moved to Oriental Emporium at Connaught Road West.

In the 1950s, the colonial government gave the new reclaimed land to the police force to construct a new headquarters, replacing the Central Police Station. After several extensions, the Caine House was completed in 1952. It was named after William Caine, the founder of Hong Kong Police Force. May House is named after the first Police Magistrate, Charlie May.

Arsenal House

In September 1987, the Police Married Quarters was demolished and the project "Redevelopment of Police Headquarters, Arsenal Street, Wanchai" was launched in December 1993. The Redevelopment was divided into two phases: Arsenal House opened in 1990; Arsenal House (West Wing) opened in 1997.

On 23 April 1997, ten years after the redevelopment, due to ageing facilities within May House, the Royal Hong Kong Police Force submitted the advice of police headquarters alteration, at a cost of 230 million Hong Kong dollars, to the Provisional Legislative Council Public Works Subcommittee. The members thought it is not economic benefit and they requested a long-term redevelopment plan for the police headquarters. After several discussions, the police force and the Legislative Council agreed to demolish May House and the car park site, while the two Arsenal Houses building remained. This plan was estimated to save rent of 34 million Hong Kong dollars every year for the police force. After the redevelopment, the Caine House and Wan Chai Police Station had been replanned.[3]

The new complex (main building) project launched in 2002 and completed in 2004. It cost two billion dollars. On 12 March 2005, the opening ceremony was held by the Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, Security Bureau Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong and Commissioner of Police Lee Ming-kwai.[4] This new complex is named as "Arsenal House". The former building with the same name are converted from Arsenal House to Arsenal House (East Wing).[5]


Arsenal House became a skyscraper located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. The tower rises 47 floors and 206 metres (676 ft) in height. [1] It was designed by the Architectural Services Department, and was developed by The Facade Group. Arsenal House, which stands as the 43rd-tallest building in Hong Kong and is tied in rank with the Three Garden Road, Central, is composed entirely of commercial office units.[1] It has a total floor area of 135,500 square metres (1,459,000 sq ft)

Facilities include 200-seat multi-use hall, 300-seat lecture theatre and an indoor shooting range. Police Licences Office, Crime Prevention Bureau Exhibition, Media Conference Room and Police Recruitment Division Conversation Room locate at lower block of the Arsenal House. Lower block is also the office of Wan Chai Division Police Station. The East and West Wing are used as office by the other police units.[6] The Caine House are re-planned for Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters and Hong Kong Island Emergency Unit Headquarters.


See also


  1. ^ a b c "May House". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  2. ^ Distribution of Establishment
  3. ^ ITEM FOR PUBLIC WORKS SUBCOMMITTEE OF FINANCE COMMITTEE,LegCo Public Subcommittee of Finance Committee,20 Jan,1999
  4. ^ 新警政大樓年省3400萬公帑[permanent dead link],香港政府新聞網,2005年3月12日
  5. ^ PHQ complex officially opened by Acting CE
  6. ^ 新警政大樓切合本世紀需要 Archived 2009-02-23 at the Wayback Machine,香港政府新聞網,2004年4月20日