Ballet Raymonda will be Premiered with the Support of Skonto Būve


A new staging of Alexander Glazunov’s Raymonda,produced by choreographer Aivars Leimanis, will be premiered by the Latvian National Ballet on 27 March. The new staging has been created with the support of the patron of ballet – Guntis Rāvis and Skonto Būve SIA.

Chairman of SIA Skonto Būve, Guntis Rāvis: “I take pride in recommending productions of the Latvian National Ballet both to my friends and foreign business partners. Skonto Būvehas been a reliable patron of the Latvian National Ballet for many years already. Reasons for successful cooperation may be found in the similar attitude towards work and quality of the results that we share, as well as the desire to stand out from the everyday plainness, constantly raising the bar of greatness."

Choreographer of the new staging, Aivars Leimanis: “The new production of Raymonda is an old dream coming true - finally our repertoire includes all of the most famous and frequently staged major classical ballets. Even more – the dancers, costumes, and scenography in our productions are at such a high visual and technical level that we can easily perform on all of the greatest stages in the world with pride.”


Photographer: Monta Tīģere, Andris Tone

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Rafter Raising Ceremony at the New Terminal of Riga International Airport


Skonto Būve held a rafter raising ceremony at Riga International Airport, which is currently undergoing the construction of a new terminal. Along with the completion of the frame construction, the new building has now reached its highest point.

Besides the frame construction, the monolithic reinforced concrete covering has been completed as well. The façade has been finished for half of the building, and the arrangement of utilities is under the way.

The 1st phase in the airport's terminal development will provide the expansion of the non-Schengen area and four additional boarding sectors, which will improve the quality of the services provided by the airport. After its completion, the new terminal building will be able to service larger aircraft, thus increasing the capacity of the airport.

Photographer: Karīna Kaufelde

Video: Elīna Matvejeva

The Rafter Rising Ceremony at the Centrus quarter - both of the buildings are at their tallest


The construction of both of the buildings in the Centrus quarter has reached a significant phase of the project - the Rafter Raising Ceremony was held at the beginning of March. Traditionally, the Rafter Raising Ceremony is held when a building has reached its tallest point, and the construction of it structure and roof is finished. As the construction works of the reinforced concrete framing and roof have concluded, the most important tasks in the nearest future are related to the interior design and construction of the facade. 

As we know, the construction of the Centrus quarter will conclude at the end of 2015 with the completion of two 7-story residential buildings. The Centrus quarteris being built as a facilitated, attractive, independent, and high-quality living space and business location in the very centre of Riga. It is located in the busy part of Riga, surrounded by Tērbatas, Dzirnavu, Blaumaņa, and Krišjāņa Barona streets.

The major construction of railway infrastructure in the section Skrīveri-Krustpils has been completed


On 4 February, the second railway track in the section Skrīveri-Krustpils, a most ambitious project worth over 100 million euros that will allow significant increase of train throughput, larger speed and greater security in the direction from Krustpils to Riga, was officially opened.

The ambitious project involved the construction of completely new railway infrastructure - new tracks of 56 km, engineering buildings and systems, reconstruction of a bridge over the River Pērse and the existing culverts and crossings. Also, a new bridge was built over the Aiviekste, becoming the first railway bridge built after the restoration of independence of Latvia. The project also included the reconstruction of five train stations and the development of territories.

Guntis Rāvis, Chair of the Board of “Skonto Būve” Ltd. said: “Within the last few years I have had the opportunity to name several large-scale projects which have been some of the greatest in the last decade. The development of railway infrastructure in the section Skrīveri-Krustpils is among them. The ability of Latvian enterprises to collaborate was the key to success in the implementation of various complex objects, and this project serves as excellent proof of this ability”.

“This was a long-awaited and carefully prepared project, which was needed both for the railway, as well as for Latvia. This major achievement will allow the company to work more efficiently, ensuring stable revenue to the state budget and contributing to the development of the railway sector in general. And people will certainly appreciate the reconstructed train station platforms and well-developed territories,” noted the President of the Latvian Railways Uģis Magonis.

The extensive work was carried out by “Skonto Būve” in general partnership with JSC “BMGS”, JSC “A.C.B” and “Binders” Ltd.

The immurement of a capsule into the foundations of Riga International Airport’s new terminal was held in a solemn atmosphere


With a symbolic capsule immured into the foundations of the building on 6 November, the construction of Riga International Airport’s new terminal officially started. The capsule contained a message for the following generations, a badge dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Airport, a special Euro coin, and the latest issue of the newspaper “Dienas Bizness”.

The Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve, Guntis Rāvis said: “I am delighted about the opportunity that has been given to Skonto Būve – the national construction company – to carry out a project of such significance for the country. The knowledge and successful previous experience of our construction professionals, gained in airport development projects in both Latvia, and the recently concluded Trondheim Airport project in Norway, will be an important contribution to the development of the Riga International Airport as the leading airport in the Baltic States. I am glad that construction workers are now at the airport, not to go working abroad, but to improve Latvia’s “business card” and to contribute to the development of the country. The construction is being carried out according to plan and in the highest quality.”

As the Chairman of the Board of the Riga International Airport Aldis Mūrnieks stated, the first construction stage of this building is the beginning of a long process with an aim to strengthen the position of the Riga International Airport as the leading Baltic and northern European airport. The expansion of the terminal is a logical continuation of the 40 year long development of the Airport.

The first round of the Airport terminal development foresees the non-Schengen zone expansion and four new boarding sectors, thus improving the quality of the airport services. After completion, the new terminal building will be able to service larger aircrafts, increasing the airport’s capacity.

The construction works are being carried out by SIA Skonto Būve, construction supervision is provided by the general partnership Būvalts P.M.G, and thearchitects of the project are SIA Arhis Arhitekti.