FWD Group Celebrates Official Opening of House 1881
A revitalised landmark honouring heritage and fostering community engagement
Hong Kong, 8 May 2019 – FWD Group (“FWD”) celebrated the grand opening of House 1881 today with an official ceremony, marking a new chapter for one of Hong Kong’s most iconic heritage destinations. As part of the site’s extensive revitalisation, the former Marine Police Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui has been transformed into a cultural hub for celebrations, family gatherings and community activities comprising five dining concepts and a newly-renovated boutique hotel.
The ceremony was officiated by The Hon. Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; The Hon. Ronald Arculli, GBM, CVO, GBS, OBE, JP, Chairman of the Board of FWD Group; Richard Li Tzar Kai, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pacific Century Group; Victor T K Li, Chairman of CK Asset Holdings Limited; Huynh Thanh Phong, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of FWD Group and Ken Lau Chi-kin, Managing Director of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer of FWD.
In his opening address, FWD Group Chairman The Hon. Ronald Arculli said: “The former Marine Police Headquarters is one of our city’s most timeless and famous landmarks. FWD understands the rare privilege we have in preserving this historic site for the community and for future generations. As one of only 120 declared monuments of Hong Kong, I assure you FWD does not take this responsibility lightly. Our mission is to showcase House 1881’s historic value, enduring legacy and its unique charm to both locals and overseas visitors alike.”
In a reference to the site’s past, the Hong Kong Police Band commenced proceedings with a march-in to kick-start the ceremony. The centrepiece of the opening ceremony was The.Dovecote@1881, a striking art installation designed by local artist and upcycling activist Kevin Cheung. Created in collaboration with FWD’s local CSR partner, Special Olympics Hong Kong and local Hong Kong charity St. James’ Settlement, the art work references the pigeon houses that were once a common feature at the Marine Police Headquarters and creatively reuses discarded wooden wine boxes collected from the property to promote sustainability.
While guests toured House 1881, music and art performances were staged throughout the property. Wilson Ng, a celebrated young local conductor, curated a series of music that was performed by a five-piece brass band. A prize winner at the 2018 Paris Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, Wilson is also the first Chinese Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following the official opening ceremony, guests were invited to wander the landscaped gardens and discover House 1881’s diverse dining concepts.
With an ongoing commitment to connecting to the community, FWD will collaborate with another of its local CSR partners Hong Chi Association to create career placements in and around the vicinity of House 1881 for their members and to sell their handmade traditional biscuits to help Hong Kong’s disadvantaged.
The grand opening event also ended on a high note with the launch of a 3-D laser show, “Our Harbour ‧ Our Stories”, marking a key fixture at House 1881. Colourful and impactful, the synchronised light show highlights Hong Kong’s traditions and cultural icons, as well as Victoria Harbour’s changing landscape. Like House 1881, the light show celebrates the city’s rich heritage and defining moments. From now on, local and overseas visitors alike will be able to enjoy the show at 8:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as on public holidays.
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About FWD Group
FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and Family Takaful products across a number of its markets.
FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.
Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group.
For more information please visit WWW.FWD.COM
About House 1881
House 1881 is a cultural landmark and the former Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters. Comprising a boutique hotel and unique dining concepts, this historic site reflects FWD’s mission to ‘Celebrate Living’ by providing enriching and interactive experiences.
The property’s historic courtyard and surrounding gardens showcase its legacy and heritage value to both locals and tourists alike. House 1881 offers FWD a unique opportunity to engage with the community in meaningful ways through cultural activities and events while preserving one of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks.
For more information please visit https://www.fwd.com.hk/en/press/2019/1881-heritage/