: Chik Kwai Study Hall, 473 Lai Uk Tsuen, Sheung Tsuen, Pat Heung, Yuen Long
: Ding Hsung Construction Company
: Troika Engineering Limited
Year of Completion
Chik Kwai Study Hall was built before 1899 in Pat Heung, Yuen Long, which had settled in the Pat Heung area for hundreds of years.
It was used for both ancestor worship and educating young clansmen. The Study Hall, which ceased operation during the Second World War, was used afterwards as the temporary classrooms of Wing Hing School, a school offering modern education. The Study Hall was later used as Chik Kwai Kindergarten, which was closed in the early 1970s.
Chik Kwai Study Hall is a typical example of traditional two-hall-one-courtyard building of the Qing dynasty. The impressive facade of the green-brick study hall is distinguished by the solemn granite-block wall base and the overhanging roof supported by ornamental brackets, camel humps and granite columns. The roof ridge of the entrance hall is decorated with polychrome mouldings depicting the theme of "carp jumps over the dragon gate". Internally, all the exquisitely craved camel humps and eaves boards are devoted to the themes of traditional Chinese folk stories and auspicious motifs. A beautifully crafted wooden altar is placed at the main hall of the Study Hall for accommodating the soul tablets of the clan ancestors.
The Study Hall is exceptional due to the well-preserved architectural components of the building. Examples include the ornate woodcarvings throughout the building, the lively decorative plaster mouldings on the roof ridges and gable walls, and the vivid traditional Chinese murals, which are all said not to have been repainted or refurbished since the construction of the Study Hall. Such features make it one of the finest examples of traditional Chinese study halls that still survive in Yuen Long.
The Hall had been renovated in the 1960s in which its original timber floor slabs on the mezzanine floor were replaced with concrete floor slabs and some of the brick structure replaced by concrete.
The rehabilitation work included demolition of the concrete floor slabs and structure and deteriorated elements including roof tiles and roof beams and reinstatement with traditional brick, timber and tile materials.
Chik Kwai Study Hall was declared a monument on 4 May 2007 and is protected under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
Acting as Authorized Person and Registered Structural Engineer of the project.
Retrieval and review of available documentary information of the building from Buildings Department.
Preparation of design calculation and plan of the demolition and reinstatement works and submission to and liaison with the Buildings Department (BD) to obtain approval of design and plan and consent of works.
Follow up on minor amendment of specifications and drawings.
TCP site supervision under the Authorized Person and Registered Structural Engineer Streams during the demolition and rehabilitation site works.
Submission of as-built record to Buildings Department after completion of work.