“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.


More about the “Lielā Talka” - www.talkas.lv

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.

Guntis Rāvis Congratulates the Best DINAMO Riga and Moscow Club CSKA Hockey Players at “Skonto Būve” Match


After the special match devoted to DINAMO Riga’s general sponsor "Skonto Būve" Ltd on 18 January 2011, the Chairman of the Company Board, Guntis Rāvis, presented awards to the best DINAMO Riga and Moscow Club CSKA hockey players.

The best player of DINAMO Riga was Aleksandrs Ņiživijs, and from the Moscow Club CSKA the victorious player was forward Jan Marek.

Chairman of Cesis District Council gives his highest evaluation for the Reconstruction of Cesis New Castle


On 18 January at Cesis New Castle, upon conclusion of the third and forth floor reconstruction, a facilitated conference hall has been opened, as well as a new exhibition hall – a gallery in the loft premises of the castle.

At the official opening event, Chairman of Cesis District Council Gints Šķenders expressed his gratitude to everyone, who took part in the reconstruction process and added: “We were truly lucky that the construction works in the castle were managed by a representative of our district, Modris Seļakovs, because the results the builders have achieved have earned the highest evaluation!” The construction and reconstruction process under the supervision of “Skonto Būve”.

Construction Manager Modris Seļakovs was executed patiently, with high professional interest and understanding about the culture heritage object. Modris Seļakovs himself is also satisfied with the results: “I have to admit that I put my heart into this work.”