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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In July, with the Support of Skonto Būve, the Renovation of the Large Gallery Wall-Painting in Rundāle Palace will Commence


In March of this year, company Skonto Būve decided to lend its support to the renovation of the most outstanding monument of baroque and rococo art in Latvia, by providing financial investment for the renovation works of the Large Gallery wall-painting. The palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of baroque and rococo art in Latvia. In the Latvian history of art, the Large Gallery painted using the tempera technique is an unusual occurrence – it is the only sample of such monumental Italian baroque art in Latvia. It is planned that the renovation works may continue till spring of next year, when the works will be fully completed.

During the second construction period of the palace (1763-1767), the Large Gallery was formed from five small rooms into a 30 m long dining hall; it joins the White Hall and the Golden Hall. The Gallery is one of two rooms in the palace, where the walls are painted using the tempera technique on a lime plastering foundation. The wall-painting was discovered quite unexpectedly. During the renovation works, by removing the layers of paint on the Western wall, under three layers of repaint the renovators discovered the original painting from the 18th century, the authors of which were Italian artists of that time – Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucchi.

Three Municipality Residential Buildings with 480 Apartments have been Opened


The complex of municipality residential buildings implemented by Riga Municipality “Rīgas pilsētbūvnieks” Ltd in cooperation with “Skonto Būve” Ltd at Ulbrokas iela 13 was opened on 19 January by presenting the keys to the first tenants of the apartments.
Keys to the first residents were presented by the Chairman of Riga City Council Nils Ušakovs, Vice-Major of the Council Andris Ameriks, Chairman of the Committee of Housing and Environment Vjačeslavs Stepaņenko and Chairman of “Skonto Būve” Board Guntis Rāvis.
Upon completion of the first stage of construction, three of the five twelve-storey buildings have been commissioned for use with 480 apartments. This is the largest complex of new municipality residential buildings constructed in Latvia, since the country regained its independence.Buildings are constructed of monolith reinforced concrete framework, three layers of heat insulated panels and an optimal layout. Apartments suitable for people with special needs are located on the ground floors of the buildings. Wider doors, specially designed window handles, doorsteps and bathrooms have been provided, and at the entrance of the buildings special ramps have been constructed. Next to the buildings are a landscaped yard, children’s playground and a multi-storey car park.