Preparations for gilding The Cathedral bell tower cupola have started


Construction work has been restarted in the Riga Nativity Orthodox Cathedral, part of the “SVET” project, the most far-reaching renovation project involving cultural monuments in Latvia. The first stage of the work is to prepare the surface of the bell tower cupola for gilding. Processing work on the cupola will commence at the end of April, but the gilding work is scheduled for July. During that work, experienced specialists will cover the eighty square metre surface of the bell tower cupola with golden sheets. The Cathedral’s bell tower cross cap will be replaced by a brand new one which will be similar to the caps on the Cathedral’s small towers.

The Cathedral’s renovation project is being implemented with the support of the patron of the “SVET” project and the initiator of the work, Mr Guntis Rāvis, as well as being supported by public donations. Upon the commencement of the Cathedral renovation project, Guntis Rāvis made the first donation himself, amounting to 40,000 Ls, and to date almost 2,000 Ls have been collected by means of the portal,, and the donation hotline on 9000 6288. A further 6,000 Ls are still required to perform the gilding work on the bell tower and the construction of the cross cap. People are invited to support the project by donating one Lat throughout the period of the project until its projected end in September.

Competition “Come and study at RTU” organized by RTU and “Skonto Būve” promotes enigneering sciences


To motivate young people to study engineering sciences and science subjects, Riga Technical University in cooperation with “Skonto Būve” organised a scientific research competition “Come and Study at RTU!”

From the forty-five scientific research papers submitted to the competition in the final, ten papers were presented to the jury of experts on 12 March.


The first place and prize money of 600 lats were awarded to the Tukums Rainis Gymnasium team “Smaidiņi” – Oskars Kupcš and Kristiāns Melnis, whose research was devoted to one of the wind energy utilisation devices – wind concentrator WindCube or the wind tunnel. The second place and prize money of 400 lats were awarded to Jūrmala State Gymnasium team “RFID Jūrmala” – Gints Zariņš, Māris Riņģis and Roberts Andžāns for their research “The Options of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology in the Location of Objects”. But the third place and prize money of 200 lats were awarded to the Talsi State Gymnasium team “Talsu Māls” – Valts Bidzāns and Elvis Brūvers, who had developed a research project entitled “Application of Clay Granules in the Treatment of Dye Polluted Water.”

Finalists of the competition “Dizaina Tramplīns” organised by “Skonto Plan LTD” have been established


The first stage of the functional design ideas competition “Dizaina Tramplīns” organised by “Skonto Plan Ltd” has closed, and eleven finalists have been nominated for participation in the second stage.

At the end of the competition the best functional design ideas will be established. The authors of these ideas will receive valuable cash prizes, as well as an opportunity to reach an agreement with the manufacturer “Skonto Plan Ltd” about further implementation of their ideas in the new plant of non-standard metal production.

146 authors took part in the competition, submitting 172 ideas in total. The works were judged by the jury of 9 people, setting the following aspects as the judging criteria: the originality of the idea, the technological possibilities of production and the possible future demand of the product.

Competition “Dizaina Tramplīns” is organised by “Skonto Plan Ltd” in cooperation with the Promotional Foundation for the Visual Arts.

With the support of “Skonto Būve” competition “Baltijas aplis 2011” has finished


On 12 March 2011 in Riga the 12thInternational Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition "Baltijas Aplis 2011" took place. This year the competition honoured its long-term director and author of the idea, the merited master of rhythmic gymnastics, trainer Ludmila Kackalda. The competition was organized by Riga City Council Education, Culture and Sports Department with financial support from “Skonto Būve” Ltd.

After the first competition day, when the athletes competed in all-around, the first place and prize money of 1000 euros from “Skonto Būve” were awarded to Russian gymnast, World Champion of Gymnastics with RibbonDaria Dmitrieva, the second place was awarded to Belarusian gymnast Aleksandra Narkevich, and the third place was also acquired by a Russian representative– Elena Romanchenko. Both athletes also received prize money – accordingly 600 and 400 euros.


Gymnasts from 12 countries had applied for the competition, including the leading rhythmic gymnasts of Latvia, athletes from Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal and other countries.

“Skonto Būve” – general sponsor of the “LIELĀ TALKA 2011”


“Skonto Būve”, by supporting the “Lielā Talka” invites people to take responsibility for the environment on their shoulders. This year within the “Lielā Talka” special attention will be devoted not only to cleaning up the environment, but also various educational events will be highlighted.

The “Lielā Talka 2011” was opened with a photo competition “Snowmen FOR a clean Latvia!” Manager of the “Lielā Talka” movement Vita Jaunzeme urged people to build snowmen with messages: “Although the land is still white, and there is plenty of snow, the activities of the “Lielā Talka” have begun!”


The first snowmen with the messages were built by the organisers of the “Lielā Talka” and by the Minister of Environment Raimonds Vējonis.


Chairman of “Skonto Būve” Board Guntis Rāvis acknowledged that this year various “Lielā Talka” projects such as Gudron pond recovery and promotion of sustainable construction endorse the “Skonto Būve” long-term vision, merging fifteen years of practice and knowledge in construction with responsibility towards the environment.


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