Skonto Buve finishes Phase 1 of Construction of the Northern Pier in Riga International Airport
Crosses of the Riga Orthodox Christ’s Birth Cathedral were lit up in gold
Skonto Būve celebrates its 20th anniversary
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Skonto Buve finishes Phase 1 of Construction of the Northern Pier in Riga International Airport

In the middle of September Skonto Būve Ltd. has finished work in frames of the project “Stage 5 of Expansion of the Passenger Terminal at SJSC Riga International Airport – Phase 1 of Construction of the Northern Pier”.

Stage 5 of Expansion of the Passenger Terminal at SJSC Riga International Airport included the construction of a building dimension (building) – Northern Pier with the stationary part of the passenger bridge, which was built at a distance of 240 m from the current pier building, as well as construction of the linking gallery, which connects the pier with the existing complex of terminal buildings.

Stage 5 of expansion of the terminal–aircraft pier building project has been divided into two phases of building works.

During Phase 1 of Construction of the Northern Pier, which was implemented by Skonto Būve Ltd., all constructive elements of the building were built, including the exterior finishing as well as construction of a part of the territory, the interior finishing of the gallery building, and adaptation thereof for the temporary functions according to the needs of the airport. 

A bypass road was built around the Northern Pier, as well as the main northbound service road along the linking gallery, which continues up to the cargo terminal area. This service road ensures the servicing of aircraft stands at the new pier, as well as in the territory to the north from the pier.

The principal functions of the pier building will include servicing of outbound and inbound passengers – ensuring the process of boarding and disembarking.

Crosses of the Riga Orthodox Christ’s Birth Cathedral were lit up in gold

In early September the crosses of the Riga Orthodox Christ’s Birth Cathedral were lit up in gold, thus completing the thirteen-year-long restoration works of the cathedral within the scope of the charity campaign SVET under the supervision of Skonto Būve specialists.

The beginnings of the SVET charity campaign can be found in 2002. The campaign was initiated by Guntis Rāvis and the leading construction company Skonto Būve. Restoration works were performed in several stages.

The initial stage of the campaign was devoted to thorough research work and in 2005 the façade of the church was restored. The unique wall paintings were completed in the interior of the cathedral and also the rear partial wall, which was not painted up to now, was painted in the spirit of Orthodox traditions.

During the next stage in 2001 the 80-square-metre belfry dome was gilded with the highest quality 980-proof gold leaves and the two-metre-high cross was fully made anew and gilded. The gilding process was managed by Gazis Habibuļins – one of the rare old masters of restoration works in Latvia. According to Mr. Habibuļins, the gilding is not only the most beautiful, but also the most sustainable dome covering, which does not rust or oxidise for a long time – it will not need to be restored earlier than in 40–50 years from now.

The largest volume of work – gilding of the central dome of the cathedral – was performed in 2014. Its 400-square-metre-wide surface was coated with 980-proof gold, using 57, 740 golden leaves in the gilding.

The gilding of the three small crosses of the entry and the four dome crosses of the cathedral were commenced in the summer of 2015. Project Manager of the company Skonto Būve Modris Seļakovs says that when commencing the work of the gilding design for the crosses of the cathedral, the Orthodox Church wished to install the traditional crosses without decorations above the cathedral corresponding to the Orthodox trends, but the Latvian State Inspection for Heritage Protection asked to preserve the existing form of the crosses, thus emphasising the value of the authentic crosses in the historical heritage of the building and Riga urban construction.

The gilding of the three small crosses of the entry and four dome crosses of the cathedral was carried out by Laura Ikerte – a gilding specialist certified by the Latvian State Inspection for Heritage Protection under supervision of the old master G. Habibuļins. In addition, 980-proof gold was used for gilding this time.

The restoration works of the cathedral were performed under the supervision of Project Manager of SIA Skonto Būve Modris Seļakovs. The restoration and gilding works of the church were performed thanks to long-term donations of Guntis Rāvis and other entrepreneurs.

Work, resources and knowledge contributed by the company and Guntis Rāvis in person have made it possible for one of the most beautiful and majestic buildings built in the Neo-Byzantine style to be revived in Riga's historical centre.

Skonto Būve celebrates its 20th anniversary

The construction company LLC Skonto Būve has reached its second decade – having been established on 10 March 1995. This important event was marked by a mid-summer splendid celebration with company staff and the closest cooperation partners.

In his ceremonial address Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve, thanked staff for a well-spent 20 years of the company’s activities, noting that the company aims to continue for the next 20 years even more successfully. As gratitude for loyalty towards Skonto Būve, a gift draw took place, and the main prize of a KIA car was won by Mārtiņš Gavars, assistant work manager, currently working on the reconstruction and restoration of Riga Palace.

During its 20 years, Skonto Būve has become one of the leading construction companies in Latvia. This is proven by the steadily increasing turnover of the company, as well as responsible work in the largest construction objects throughout Latvia by performing the construction of buildings, engineering constructions, bridges and hydro-technical constructions, as well as restoration and reconstruction, and design.

The largest projects implemented by the company include the Latvian National Library, the Castle of Light, terminal of Airport Riga, infrastructure development on Krievu Island, complex of administrative buildings of the Ministry of Interior, Dienvidu Bridge, tram lines in Liepāja, Bank of Latvia, Riga Thermal Power Station TEC-2, Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia, trade centres Galerija Centrs, Mols, Olimpia and Origo, as well as a range of projects throughout Latvia.

To promote art, the environment, sports and city development, the company regularly undertakes charity and sponsoring activities. The most significant of these include support for the Latvian National Ballet and Daugava gallery, renovation of the Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral, the project Return of a Million Trout, as well as investment in the development of Riga Dinamo, VEF basketball club, and the Latvian Gymnastics Federation.