Half of the Construction Works of the Castle of Light have been Completed

28.07.2011

The highest point of the Northern façade of the National Library of Latvia – the building spire has been glazed. 

At the building spire on the 10th, the 11th, and the 12th floors are premises for small seminars, exhibitions and book launching events are planned, but on a daily basis this place will be a freely accessible viewing area, from which the view to Old Riga and Pārdaugava will be open.

The spire height of the Castle of Light has reached 68.3 metres. The enclosing glass is formed of glass packets, which consist of external and internal glass. The external glass is tempered glass with a special coating that allows for natural light to enter the premises. In hot weather it prevents heat from entering the building, but in cold weather prevents heat from leaving the building.

Currently, roof insulation laying works and the construction of roof gutters are also being executed at the new building of the National Library of Latvia, as well as works of engineering network constructions are continued. The building façade and roof hydraulic insulation works at the National Library of Latvia building will be completed in autumn of this year, in order to be able to begin the interior finishing works. In total, approximately half of the construction works of the Castle of Light have been completed.

State Prime Minister V. Dombrovskis: “The building of the National Library of Latvia is a national symbol of the successful future of Latvia. It proves the economical toughness of our nation and the formation of national self-confidence.” 

Up to now 5103 tons of reinforcement, 36 486 cubic metres of concrete, 4393 square meters of glass, 42 147 kilograms of metal, 38 714 meters of power cables, 10 953 metres of low current cables and 1065 cubic metres of flooring fibre-reinforced concrete have been used in the construction of the National Library of Latvia.

The National Library of Latvia is being built by the Union of National Construction Companies uniting three of the strongest and most experienced construction companies in Latvia: Skonto Būve Ltd., RE&RE Ltd. and JSC RBSSKALS.


The Presentation of the Nature Concert Hall Event Plan, Supported by “Skonto Būve”, has Taken Place

20.07.2011

Next to Small Baltezers Lake, on the evening of 18 July, the team from the Nature Concert Hall, together with the largest event supporter this year in the form of the chairman of the board of “Skonto Būve”, Guntis Rāvis, and the Minister of the Environment, Raimonds Vējonis, gathered together so that they might acquaint themselves with the music and scientific workshops that are devoted to this year’s hero of the Nature Concert Hall – bladder wrack.

The godmother and godfather of bladder wrack this year, biologists Solvita Strāķe andAndris Andrušaitis, spoke about the role of bladder wrack in the Baltic Sea, which serves as a shelter for many of the sea’s inhabitants. Similarly, the sponsor of the concert this year is “Skonto Būve” Ltd, which creates shelters for the residents of Latvia on dry land.

Also representative of the European Parliament Roberts Zīle took part in the presentation, as well as musicians Ingus Ulmanis, Kaspars Tobis, Aigars Voitišķis, Anrijs Grinbergs, Valdis Muktupāvels and Rūta Muktupāvela and Andris Sējāns.


Skonto Būve Launches the Construction of the Sakta Flower Market

13.07.2011

This week Skonto Būve will begin the construction of the Sakta Flower Market, in order to provide a new and comfortable trade location for the flower sellers till the celebration of proclamation of the independence of Latvia on 18 November. On the first day of disassembling the current flower booths, Sakta Flower Market was visited by the Deputy Chairman of the Riga City Council Andris Ameriks.

Andris Ameriks , Deputy Chairman of Riga City Council: “The issue regarding the Sakta Flower Market dates back 14 years. This flower market is special and unique not only in Riga, but also in all of Latvia. This really is the place, which citizens of Riga know as the most reliable location, to buy flowers.”

The design of the Sakta flower pavilion includes the construction of two buildings with 16 and 14 trade locations accordingly. The new pavilions will be designed mainly with glass, thus allowing viewing of the magnificent flowers from distance. In comparison to the old, outdated booths, the new flower trade locations will be equipped with a water supply and sewerage system, heating and air conditioners. Also climate control will be provided. The market will be equipped with a fire detection system.


With the Support of Skonto Būve the Rivers of Latvia have been stocked with 250 Thousand Brown Trout Fry

08.07.2011

By stocking the Padedze River reservoir with 50 thousand Brown Trout fry at the end of June, the stocking with Brown Trout fry within the project “The Return of a Million Trout” initiated by Skonto būve came to a close. In total this year the river reservoirs have been stocked with 250 thousand Brown Trout fry. The next stocking with Brown Trout fry is planned for the spring of next year.

To restore the population of Brown Trout within the project “The Return of a Million Trout” initiated by Skonto Būve, within four years the rivers of Latvia will be stocked with million Brown Trout fry – each year with 250 thousand.

The release sites of the fry have been chosen according to the scientific research data of Latvian rivers in order to restore the population of Brown Trout in rivers appropriate for Brown Trout, but where there are no or very few trout and where their further development is endangered.

A permit has been received from the Food Safety, Animal Health and Environmental Scientific Institute BIOR to stock 7 river reservoirs of Latvia with Brown Trout fry – reservoirs of the Ogre, the Jugla, the Lielupe, the Venta, the Engure, the Gauja and the Padedze Rivers.

The stocking of the rivers with Brown Trout fry were implemented by the association We – for the fish, and bred by three Latvian hatcheries – BIOR hatchery Tome, SIA Faps and farm Sillakas.


“Skonto Būve” will Stock the Rivers of Latvia with One Million Brown Trout Fry

10.06.2011

To restore the population of Brown Trout within the project “The Return of a Million Trout” initiated by “Skonto Būve” the rivers of Latvia will be stocked with new life – one million Brown Trout fry.

On 9 June under the supervision of ichthyologists Māris Olte and Armands Roze the Ogre River was stocked with the first 50 000 Brown Trout fry by the initiator of the project, “Skonto Būve” Chairman of the Board Guntis Rāvis and the Minister of Environment Raimonds Vējonis. By the end of June another 200 000 will be stocked in other rivers of Latvia.

Guntis Rāvis, “Skonto Būve” Chairman of the Board: “Even at the beginning of the last century, Brown Trout were widespread throughout Latvia, but now a Brown Trout is a rare catch for fishermen and now it lives only in about 200 rivers. Despite that, the Brown Trout is not included in the list of specially protected fish, also up to now there have been no state support programs to replenish their population. Therefore we decided to propose a private initiative and within four years to stock the rivers of Latvia with one million Brown Trout fry, 250 000 each year.”

The release sites of the fry have been chosen according to scientific research data of the Latvian rivers in order to restore the population of Brown Trout in rivers, that are appropriate for Brown Trout, but where there are none or very few trout and where their further development is endangered.

A permit has been received from the Food Safety, Animal Health and Environmental Scientific Institute “BIOR” to stock 7 river reservoirs of Latvia with Brown Trout fry and 37 release sites have been chosen. Within the four years the trout release sites will remain the same in order to provide natural reproduction after the implementation of the project in specific rivers taking into account the life cycle of Brown Trout.

According to the order by “Skonto Būve” Brown Trout fry were bred by three Latvian hatcheries – “BIOR” hatchery “Tome”, SIA”Faps” and farm “Sillakas”. The stocking of the rivers with fry is implemented by the association “We – for the fish”.