Minister E.Sprūdžs personally inspects the process of remediation of Inčukalns sulphuric acid tar ponds.


The Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Edmunds Sprūdžs, visited the Inčukalns sulphuric acid tar ponds to personally inspect the site where Skonto Būve is the general contractor for remediation works.

Other participants of the event were the deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, director of Investment Department Vija Gēme, Chairman of Inčukalns regional council Arvīds Blaus, Director General of the State Environmental Service Vilis Avotiņš, Skonto Būve project manager Juris Pētersons, assistant project manager Rihards Kalniņš and member of the board of Geo Consultants Jānis Ābeltiņš.

Edmunds Sprūdžs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development: “I am satisfied that in a few years this polluted area will be prepared for certain commercial use as a part of the municipal vision and area development plan. The acid tar ponds will be a place where grass is green and flowers bloom, not where migratory birds and wild animals die.”

The remediation of Inčukalns acid tar ponds will prevent further pollution of groundwater and adjacent areas from the site. The quality of groundwater, underground water and soil in the area surrounding the waste disposal site will also be improved to prevent threats to human health and the environment.

During the First Advent, Skonto Būve’s Christmas tree was lit


This year, the Skonto Būve Christmas tree, called the Riga Rooster Tree, is decorated in the Latvian national spirit and designed as a Latvian national blanket. The chequered ornaments are associated with traditional Latvian patterns. The decoration of the tree has been created so as to encourage each person passing by to imagine that home feeling that brings peace and warmth to the heart. The colours used on the Riga Rooster Tree are red, white and dark green. These colours symbolise love, light and peace, making the time before Christmas so special.

Traditionally, for the fourth year in a row, the tree is located in the heart of Riga – on the corner of Elizabetes Street and Brīvības Boulevard.

Renovated Sakta Flower Market Is Open


After the four-month long intensive building work, the reconstructed Sakta flower market was opened. In the historical opening event, Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs and his deputy Andris Ameriks, as well as the Chairman of the Skonto Būve Board Guntis Rāvis took part.

Guntis Rāvis, the Chairman of the Skonto Būve Board: “After years of debates, the authorities of Riga have completed the project. In my opinion, this flower trade site is one of the most interesting and modern flower markets in Europe. We have put our
warm-heartedness into the building process of the new Sakta flower market. Now it is more than just a market – it is one of the symbols of Riga.”

Now flower merchants work in modern premises instead of the 14-year-old temporary buildings. The new trade pavilions are fitted with a water supply and drain, heating system and air-conditioning system; climate control is also installed. The market is also fitted with a fire detection system.

The restored dome of the Cathedral bell tower was officially opened with the support of Guntis Rāvis


Within the framework of SVET, the restoration of Riga Nativity Orthodox Cathedral, initiated by Guntis Rāvis, the dome of Cathedral bell tower has been reborn in an appearance appropriate to its historical idea. 

The newly built cross that corresponds to the Orthodox canons and the rounded and flattened dome surface have been completely gilded and officially opened on November 7, 2011 with the sound of the loud calls of the Cathedral bells.

“The inexpressible satisfaction for every work that has been done for the revival of the Cathedral continues to inspire new ideas,” says the patron of SVET Guntis Rāvis. “At the same time, each project is also a challenge that cannot be achieved without the help of the best professionals. Everyone who has participated deserves a big thank you, especially, the people working at Skonto Būve and Skonto Plan that have always carried the most responsibility on their shoulders.”

The dome restoration under the guidance of Skonto Būve project manager Modris Seļakovs lasted for 10 months. Restoration began with a careful study of the dome and historical materials; it was planned and conducted in several labour-intensive steps in order to ensure the best possible implementation of the historical conception by Baltic German architect Robert Pflug.

The cathedral’s bell tower has not only received a re-made base of the cross, constructions and a new roof covering, the cross itself has also been re-built under the guidance of experienced masters, in the Skonto Plan factory.

Guntis Rāvis acknowledges that the creation of the 80 kilos heavy and two meters high cross has been a unique project. The components of the cross have been cut with laser from stainless steel, then sanded, welded, and the cross was matted with ceramic beads, which provide better grip of materials during the further gilding process.

The gilding of the cross and the dome surface was conducted in specific working conditions by specially created scaffolding solutions provided for this event, under the guidance of Latvian restoration work master Gazs Habibuļins. The master acknowledges that the gilding is not only the most beautiful but also the most permanent coverage that does not rust or oxidise for a very long time, thus it will not have to be renewed for at least the next 40 to 50 years.

The cathedral administration and the patron of the campaign, Guntis Rāvis, expressed sincere gratitude towards the employees of Skonto Būve and Skonto Plan, its subcontractors, gilding masters and experts, the Riga municipal officers, as well as residents who found a way to donate for the cathedral. So far, nearly 4000 lats have been donated within the SVET campaign.

Skonto Būve Continues its Tradition of Supporting Dinamo Rīga Hockey Club by Donating EUR 200,000


The cheque worth EUR 200,000 upholds the tradition that Skonto Būve exercises each season to add its contribution to the development of Dinamo Rīga and reinforce the national pride of Latvia.

At the beginning of the new KHL season, as was the case in previous years, the Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve Guntis Rāvis handed over the donation cheque to Dinamo Rīga players Krišjānis Rēdlihs and Mārtiņš Cipulis and the Chairman of the Board of the team Aigars Kalvītis.

Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve Ltd., says: “A new season is here and it is time to support and take pride in our hockey team – Dinamo Rīga. Dinamo has proven itself to be a solid asset in Latvian sports and in the Continental Hockey League, while Skonto Būve is a solid asset in the Latvian economy. Where Dinamo Rīga showcases its professionalism on the rink, Skonto Būve does the same on the construction site. As a Latvian company, we are happy to be able to support a Latvian hockey team, watch exciting games and be proud of our strength and our Latvia.”