Skonto Būve signs agreement on Liepaja Port Karosta Canal treatment


The Project “Treatment of a Historically Contaminated Location – Liepaja Port Karosta Canal” will be implemented by the collective partnership SB & B, a union of the Latvian company Skonto Būve and the Dutch Boskalis International B.V.. The Project will be implemented with the assistance of the EUCohesion Fund, and its total amount is LVL 12 099 900. 68 including VAT.

Uldis Sesks, Chairman of Liepaja City Council and the Board of Liepaja Special Economic Zone: “The lasting presence of a military base and the pollution that the Soviet army left behind upon leaving has turned Karosta Canal into one of the most contaminated places in Latvia. However, the agreement that has been signed will soon make this history – canal treatment will not only avert the potential ecological dangers that are increasing every year, but also improve the quality of life of people living in the Karosta area.”

Juris Pētersons, Project Manager of Skonto Būve: “We have gathered a team of experienced professionals, and won the tender by preparing the most competitive offer and proposing the lowest costs to the customer. I am certain that the successful implementation of the rehabilitation works will once again demonstrate the motto of our company – “with responsibility for the environment”. The scope of work is substantial, and the project results will both be appreciated by people residing in Liepaja and city guests.”

The Project provides the treatment of the Karosta Canal bed by gathering the polluted sediments and depositing them in a previously established area in the east end of Karosta Canal. Upon implementation of this Project, pollution in Karosta Canal will be eliminated in a total area of 780 000 m2, and the quality of the environment in Liepaja port will be improved. The Project will also have a general positive effect on the Baltic Sea – the risk of its pollution will be reduced.

The agreement has been signed by Guntars Krieviņš, Head of the Liepaja Special Economic Zone, Mattijs Siebinga, Director of Boskalis International B.V. on behalf of the collective partnership SB&B, and Juris Pētersons, Project Manager of Skonto Būve.

Ulyana Lopatkina, a star from Mariinsky Theatre, on the stage of the LNO


A ballet performance of “Carmen. 5 Tangos” will be introduced for the first time on the stage of the Latvian National Opera (the LNO) with the world-famous prima ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina from the Mariinsky Theatre in the starring role.

Aivars Leimanis, the Artistic Director of the Latvian National Ballet, emphasised during the press conference for the premiere that a project of such a scale would not be possible without the support of the patron of the Latvian National Ballet – Skonto Būve.

In his turn, Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve, pointed out that “The Latvian National Ballet is a positive statement for the competitiveness of Latvia and its inhabitants not only in the European but also global context. It is a pleasure that the artists of Latvian ballet are shining stars both on the stages of other countries, and also pamper the Latvian audience here in Riga by creating performances together with world-class ballet stars".

Skonto Būve takes part in Riga Castle reconstruction


In the presence of ex-presidents Guntis Ulmanis and Valdis Zatlers, the reconstruction and restoration of Riga’s first building – Riga Castle was symbolically started. The construction works will be carried out by SBRE, which is a union of Skonto Būve and Re&Re.

 As a gift from the commissioning party Real Estate Latvia (VNĪ), the builders got a set of tools for polishing gold incrustations, in return they gave the commissioner a sandglass, symbolising the starting time of the project.

Wide scale complicated repair works are about to be carried out on Riga Castle, starting with the basement fortification and ending with interior restoration.  The frontal part of the castle will serve the needs of the Chancery of the President; it consists of several rooms, such as the White Hall, Celebration Hall and others, which are currently in critical condition and out of use. The total area of Riga Castle’s frontal part to be repaired is 8 688 m2, the total area of the East wing is 1 671.3 m2. The total  area undergoing reconstruction is 10 359.3m2.

Christmas tree from Skonto Būve – a gift for Riga’s residents and guests


This is the fifth consecutive season that Skonto Būve lights a Christmas tree – folk style Riga Roster’s Fir Tree in front of the Cabinet of Ministers on the corner of Brivibas Boulevard. The tree is decorated with 10 000 electric light bulbs and 800 ornamental balls.   

Riga Roster’s Fir Treeis a folk style Christmas tree in the centre of Riga. It is 12 meters high, and 5 meters in diameter. It was decorated with 800 red ornamental balls and 10 000 electric light bulbs with a total coverage of 43 square meters.

Following last year’s tradition, the Christmas tree is decorated in Latvian folk style spirit; this year a winding wave’s ornament is used as a motive. This is one of the oldest Latvian graphical signs, and one of the basic elements of the geometrical ornament. The ancient motive, which was used when decorating household items and clothes, has now been brought into the Christmas tree design, and till the end of the festival will bring warmth to all hearts.

Skonto Būve helps enliven the triumph of Latvian basketball in Dream Team 1935


Now showing a new film “Dream Team 1935”, directed by Aigars Grauba and produced by Andrejs Ēķis  – a story about the triumph of Latvia’s  basketball team in the first European Championship in 1935.  Skonto Būve has given its support to this significant Latvian cultural project.

The film Dream Team 1935 is a patriotic success story about the first European Basketball Championship, which was held in Genève in 1935, and where Latvia won and so became the first European champion. The central character of the film is the Latvian team coach Valdemārs Baumanis and his Dream team.