Legislative Council Complex
The Legislative Council Complex (LegCo Complex, Chinese: 立法會綜合大樓) is the headquarters of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. The complex is located at 1 Legislative Council Road, Central, Hong Kong.
|Legislative Council Complex|
Legislative Council Complex in 2011
|Architectural style||Mix of postmodern architecture and low-frills international design|
|Location||1 Legislative Council Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Construction started||February 2008|
|Opening||18 August 2011|
|Cost||HK$4.94 billion (whole Tamar Development Project)|
|Top floor||33.3 m (109 ft) (Council Block)|
57.5 m (189 ft) (Office Block)
|Floor count||5 (Council Block)|
11 (Office Block)
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Gammon Construction and Hip Hing Construction|
|Legislative Council Complex|
Construction of the LegCo Complex commenced in 2008 and was completed in 2011. It was the first purpose-built building for the Hong Kong legislature.
It forms part of the Central Government Complex.
On 1 July 2019, the building was stormed and briefly-occupied by protesters in the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests.
The LegCo Complex is composed of the Council Block and the Office Block. Adjoining the Complex are LegCo Garden and LegCo Square. The Complex provides office and conference facilities for staff, visitors, and members of the press.
Council meetings are held in 800 square metre The Chamber. There are also five conference rooms for members to hold open and closed committee meetings.
Public and press galleries are located at the upper level of the Chamber together with three conference rooms for the public and the press to observe proceedings of all Council meetings and open meetings of committees. All seats of the public and press galleries are equipped with headphones for simultaneous interpretation between Cantonese and English.
Media facilities for reporters to cover meetings and activities of the Council include a duplex press room, dedicated TV/radio rooms for electronic news media organisations, and larger photo rooms for photographers and camera crews.
The LegCo Complex incorporates a number of facilities open for visit by the public including a library, an archive, a series of education facilities such as a children's corner, a memory lane, a viewing gallery, an education activities room, and two education galleries.
Previous homes of the Legislative CouncilEdit
Before 2011, the Legislative Council met at other locations:
- Former French Mission Building 1843–1846
- Caine Road 1846–1855
- Government House, Hong Kong 1855; used ballroom after 1891
- Old Central Government Offices 1930s until 1954
- Former Central Government Offices 1957–1985
- Old Supreme Court Building 1985-2011
2019 Extradition Bill ProtestsEdit
As part of protests against the 2019 Hong Kong extradition bill on 1 July 2019, a smaller, more-radical group of protesters from the day's march against the central government, angered by the previous crackdowns of peaceful protests by the police and from the lack of a total withdrawal of the bill, gathered around the Legislative Council Complex and, after the police withdrew from the site, stormed the building, using improvised battering rams to break through the glass into the lobby of the building. The protesters gained entrance to the Legislative Council chambers and defaced the walls and symbols of the council with graffiti, some calling out against the SAR and mainland governments, and some against the Hong Kong Police Force. The police regained control of the Legco site by midnight, where by then, most protesters had left the site peacefully. The estimated cost of the damage to the site was HK$10 million, though protesters took care not to damage historical artefacts or the libraries.
- "Tamar Development Project, Hong Kong". Gammon Construction Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Legislative Council Complex", Legislative Council of Hong Kong