THE EARLY YEARS
Pioneers of Design
The origins of the P&T Group date back to 1868, with founder William Salway's arrival in Hong Kong from Australia, to establish a design practice in response to the demand for grander buildings.
|1868||William Salway established the company in Hong Kong.|
|1880s||Beaconsfield Arcade was completed, Hong Kong’s first multi-storey shopping centre. Architect, Clement Palmer and structural engineer Arthur Turner joined the partnership.|
|1890s||The company name changed to Palmer & Turner, the name remaining for nearly a century.|
THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
|1920s||The Shanghai office was opened. Saturation piling was introduced to allow buildings to rise above three storeys. The Hong Kong Shanghai Bank was completed on the famous Shanghai Bund. The Shanghai Customs Building was completed, establishing a distinctive “Shanghai Style”.|
|1930s||Peace Hotel and the Bank of China were completed as iconic additions on Shanghai’s Bund. Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Headquarters was completed, being the first fully air-conditioned building in Hong Kong, and the tallest structure in South East Asia, at the time. India and Malaya offices were opened. Sultan of Johor’s Palace was completed. The Shanghai and other offices were closed due to World War II.|
|1940s||The Hong Kong office was reopened after World War II. The iconic Jardine House was completed in Hong Kong.|
THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
|1950s||The new Chartered Bank and Bank of China buildings were completed, continuing the firm's “Shanghai Style”. The grand Goodwood Park Hotel was completed in Singapore, reflecting a distinctive South East Asian tropical style.|
|1960s||The Hilton Hotel, Choi Hung Housing Estate and AIA Building were completed in a modern style, the latter two winning the Hong Kong Institute of Architects award.|
|1970s||The Connaught Centre was completed, Hong Kong's first skyscraper and heralded the revitalization of the Central District. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University at Hung Hom was completed, the highest density campus in the world at that time. The Singapore office was opened.|
|1980s||The company name changed to P&T Group, the name remaining to this day. Award-winning Exchange Square in Hong Kong’s Central District was completed. The Bangkok, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta offices were opened. Jinling Hotel and Bank Negara were completed, the tallest building in China and Indonesia respectively at the time.|
|1990s||Hong Kong modern landmarks such as the new Standard Chartered Bank, Entertainment Building, Citic Tower and Central Tower were completed. China landmarks such as the Oriental Plaza in Beijing, Harbour Ring Plaza, Citic Square and Raffles City in Shanghai were also completed. Shanghai office was opened.|
THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
Middle East and Vietnam offices and additional China offices were opened.
Since the beginning, the firm has achieved several “firsts”, particularly in Asia. This desire for “grander” iconic buildings, and design innovation, is a reputation, P&T still enjoys today.
Our story was illustrated in a 256-page tome entitled, “The Master Architect Series, P&T Group: 140 Years of Architecture in Asia” (Images Publishing, 2008) and is available for purchase. Click here to order.