Opening of the Ogre Technical School reconstructed by “Skonto Būve”
On 6 January 2016 the renovated building of Ogre Technical School was opened, the construction works of which were performed by the building company “Skonto Būve”. The reconstruction that lasted for two years was finished within the predicted term, and Ogre Technical School is now a modern educational complex – the educational institution has been expanded and adjusted so that there is now a comfortable and modern environment with high potential for student achievements.
By the end of reconstruction of the existing study block, the premises were expanded, a new study hangar and the internal and external communications were built, and the surrounding school territory was also improved.
Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the LLC Skonto Būve board, said: “The opening of a finished object is always a significant event. We are happy to help in creating a more valuable and modern environment, so that future young specialists can master their skills and knowledge more successfully in suitable, improved, and high quality premises, and therefore improve their competitiveness not only in Latvia, but even internationally”.
The reconstruction of Ogre Technical School took place within the project entitled “The development of the infrastructure of Ogre Technical School and modernisation of the study equipment”, which was financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-financed by the State budget, the total costs of which were EUR 12 632 827. The project client is the Ministry of Education and Science.
Photographer: Ieva Čīka, LETA
“Skonto Būve” has completed ambitious Riga castle reconstruction and restoration works
On 18 December 2015, after an extensive three-year reconstruction and restoration period, the castle-front and eastern extension of Riga Castle and its garden were put into operation. The castle renovation works were performed by the general partnership “SBRE”, which is formed by two construction companies – “Skonto Būve” and “RE&RE”.
The specialists admit that reconstruction works were difficult and full of surprises.Chairman of the Council on the Restoration of Riga Castle Imants Lancmanis said: “The Riga Castle is the place with the densest concentration of history and art works in Latvia. Here we can find everything that Latvia has gone through, from medieval times until now. Each century has brought its contribution in terms of art and architecture”. The restorers have done magnificent work. Many interior elementshave obtained an unseen brilliance and luxury. During renovation works of the castle, previously unseen historically valuable items were discovered.
In the premises of the Chancery of the President, located in the north-western part of the castle-front, the cabinet of the President, meeting halls, Press Department, as well as representation premises have been renovated. Each of them has been renovated to their historical appearance, adding contemporary functionality and quality.
Enormous work has been performed on the four splendid halls – the Festival Hall, White Hall, Ambassador Accreditation Hall, and the Hall of Coats of Arms. The halls have been renovated to their historical appearance – ceiling paintings, furniture, wooden details, and chandeliers were restored. A huge amount of work was done for renovation of the White Hall, which involved reconstruction of the interior, constructions, and finish. As a result, the hall interior created in the 19th century received renewed gilding, which covers 68 m2 of the entire area of the walls and ceiling, and strengthening and construction of the roof structures and ceiling beams have also been implemented. The renovation of the Ambassador Accreditation Hall has been quite complicated as well – research and renovation of the 86-year-old ceiling and wall paintings by Ansis Cīrulis was very complex. Specialists indicate that the painting created in 1929 was in very bad condition; however, after several months of hard work, the original ceiling and wall paintings by A. Cīrulis, created in the style of folk romanticism, have regained their initial appearance. In the Hall of Coats of Arms all coats of arms of 76 cities, as well as four regions, have been renovated, and the composition of the hall has been supplemented by restored and new, pre-ordered furniture.
Premises with an area of almost 10,000 m2 have been reconstructed, providing not only restoration of the building, but also of all artistic and functional elements. Renovation of load-bearing structures and strengthening of the foundation and structures has been performed, as well as renovation of furniture, paintings, chandeliers, wall and ceiling paintings, and interior finish has been completed in all parts of the castle. During the construction works approximately 250 people worked in Riga Castle, and another 60–70 people in workshops all around Latvia.
The renovation of the Castle will be continued – in the second part of the reconstruction, the fortifications of the Castle will be renovated.
Reconstruction and restoration of castle-front and East extension of Riga Castle:
Client: SJSC State Real Estate, project manager Kārlis Mucenieks
General Contractor: general partnership SBRE, project manager Egils Klēbergs, supervising engineer Edgars Sivickis, chief restorer Ivars Rība.
Planner: general partnership “Pils projekts”, architect Artūrs Lapiņš.
Construction monitoring of the project: Būvalts ltd., responsible construction supervisor Bruno Fībigs, restoration supervisor Valdis Jānis Platais, construction supervisor Edmonds Vīksne.