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Braemar Reservoir in January 1974.Braemar Reservoir in January 1974.

The No. 5 Dam tunnel portal.The No. 5 Dam tunnel portal.


Hong Kong’s Antiquities and Monuments Office recently designated the surviving water mains tunnel portal for the former Taikoo Sugar Refinery “No. 5 Dam” a Grade 2 Historic Building. Located on Braemar Hill Road, within Choi Sai Woo Park, the tunnel portal is built in a classical revival architectural style and inscribed No. 5 Dam Taikoo Sugar Refining Company 1894. Also known as “Braemar”, the reservoir was completed in 1894, and was the largest of Swire’s Hong Kong reservoirs, with a capacity of 137,700,000 gallons of water. The dam not only provided fresh water for use at the refinery and at Taikoo Dockyard, but it also assisted the government to supply water to residential areas beyond Quarry Bay – especially during droughts. The reservoir was also considered so scenic that locals named it Choi Sai Woo, meaning “comparable to West Lake” – the famous beauty spot in Hangzhou.

Braemar ceased operation when Taikoo stopped refining sugar in 1972 and was redeveloped as Braemar Hill Mansions. This is the second Swire-built structure that has been listed as a historic building; nearby ‘Woodside’, the former residence of Taikoo Sugar Refinery managers on Mount Parker, is also a Grade 2 building.
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