P&T Publication




On 2nd October 1867 William Salway hung up a sign to announce he was starting practice in Hong Kong. A small practice in the village that was Hong Kong at the time, but the seed that was to grow and change over the last 140 years.





P&T PUBLICATION: The Master Architect Series P&T Group 140 years of Architecture in Asia



The P&T Group, formerly known as Palmer and Turner Hong Kong , is probably the oldest and largest international architectural engineering practice in the Southeast Asia. The group now has more than 1,200 staff and 15 offices in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Dalian, Taiwan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. Projects are carried out in these Asian countries as well as in India, the Middle East, New Zealand, America and Canada through associated practices. The P&T Group offers a full range of architectural, structural and mechanical engineering, planning and project management services, additionally supported by in-house graphic design, model making and photographic facilities. 




This book is a celebration of 130th anniversary of P&T Group. As a Hong Kong based company, their narration show an indomitable spirit that has certainly made a great impact in the architectural field.


The book delineates the significant buildings by P&T Group in these past 130 years. While focusing on its late 20th century buildings in the main body, their buildings from the 19th century are highlighted in the History and the Chronological sections.


The chapter on their history is a must for those who want to know more about P&T Group. It does not only outline their own history, but also the history of Hong Kong architecture. One might find their prodigious influence in Central Hong Kong from the map. No one else has left such a deep legacy.


Although concentrating on commercial buildings, the work of P&T is diverse, ranging from hotels to institutional, educational, residential, industrial and retail work. The addition of floorplans and elevations included here exalts the book, while the Philosophy and Biographies sections help to give a fuller picture of the company.


From Neoclassicism to modernism and to postmodernism (perhaps), P&T Group has responded respectively in a variety of solutions: from Greek orders and motifs to the manipulation of glass and steel, and to the more playful decoration of roofs demonstrate hoe P&T Group has witnessed these movements in architecture. Last but not least, P&T Group's buildings are not only monumental and ostentatious, but also interior sensitive and environmentally conscious.


Today, P&T Group, with its stability and creativity, is marching boldly into the next century, we anticipate more nonpareil buildings by them in the near future.


P&T PUBLICATION: Tall Storeys 1985


Palmer and Turner is one of the oldest firms of architects and engineers in the world. Its birthplace and present home is Hong Kong, where it was founded by William Salway in 1868 - in the Ching Dynasty - only 25 years after the Territory was ceded to Britain.


The partnership's personalities and buildings have been inextricably woven into the tapestry of South-East Asian history - from Shanghai through Hong Kong and Singapore down as far as Rangoon, Madras and Sydney.


The book takes a brief, but not too serious look at the first 100 years of the firm's existence.