Date
21 January 2017
Visitors walk outside a handicraft store in the PMQ complex in Sheung Wan. The renovated former police housing estate has about 100 tenants from various creative industries. Photo: Xinhua
Visitors walk outside a handicraft store in the PMQ complex in Sheung Wan. The renovated former police housing estate has about 100 tenants from various creative industries. Photo: Xinhua

Artists find a home in Sheung Wan rental studios

Artists and entrepreneurs are being offered affordable workstations in a new hub for creative industries.

Twenty-five are available for rent at nearly half the going rate but with comparable amenities, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing PMQ, which operates the year-old complex in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district.

These are the remaining units out of 65 that were built after renovations freed up an entire floor of a building in the complex, executive director Victor Tsang said.

PMQ is charging HK$3,000 (US$387) a month for each rental unit compared with HK$5,000 for similar workstations in Central.

Working tables are also available on a daily rate.

Tenants can use PMQ’s resource center and join its training programs.

In addition, they have access to a newly opened audio-visual facility and photo booths.

PMQ also offers rental offices at HK$12,000 and HK$22,000 a month for a 300 square foot and 400 square foot unit, respectively. 

Tsang said PMQ has held nearly 400 events in the past year, drawing more than four million visitors.

A tenant who owns an architectural design company said his new location brings in more clients and allows him to work with partners.

PMQ is housed in a former police housing complex built in 1951.

In 2010, the government announced a plan to preserve the site for the creative industry.

PMQ Management Co. Ltd. turned it into an artists’ village and center for evolving creative enterprises.

It has 100 tenants from the fashion, product design, furniture and handicraft sectors.

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This is a typical workstation (inset) in the one-year-old complex for creative industries in Sheung Wan. Sixty-five of these studio offices were built after renovations freed up an entire floor of a building. Photo: Ming Pao, Xinhua


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