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The Central Government Offices (Chinese: 中區政府合署, also Government Headquarters 政府總部) houses the most major offices of the Hong Kong Government. Located in Central in Hong Kong, it occupies the lower level of Government Hill.History
Completed in 1957 by the Government of Hong Kong, it replaced a two-storey colonial complex from the 1930s, old Secretariat Building built 1847 and demolished in 1954).
Like City Hall, Hong Kong, the offices were built in the International style.Legislative Council
Until 1985, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong met here and then moved to the old Supreme Court Building.Government Offices
The building is actually a complex of three wings with a total of 76,000 square feet (7,100 m2) of offices:
- Main Wing (18 Lower Albert Road) - 8 floors and Annex
- East Wing (20 Lower Albert Road)
- West Wing (11 Ice House Street) - 7-13 floors
The most familiar wing is the Main Wing, housing offices of the Chief Executive and site of most major protest against the Hong Kong Government (another site is the LegCo). In order to keep protesters who have not applied from entering the complex, a series of fences was erected in 1998 after the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China in 1997.
Plans are under way to replace the current buildings with a new 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) office at the Tamar basin and scheduled to be completed by 2010. Apart from government offices, the Tamar site will also house the Legislative Council and provide not less than 22,000 square metres of open space for public enjoyment. The cost for developing the entire Tamar site is estimated at HKD5.2 billion.
Plans after 2011 will likely see the Justice Department re-locate to the Main and East Wings, while the West Wing will be demolished.
List of tenants of the three complexes:
- West Wing
- Civil Service Bureau
- Financial Secretary Bureau
- Economic Development Bureau
- Financial Services and Treasury Bureau
- Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau
- Main Wing
- Constitutional Affairs Bureau
- Security Bureau
- Chief Executive
- East Wing
- Security Bureau