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Different contractor to be picked for New Riga Theatre’s restoration soon

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Latvia’s state company State Real Estate (SRE) will continue cooperating with the author of the restoration project for New Riga Theatre – Zaigas Gailes birojs un partneri. However, a new tender will be organized in August to find a new contractor for construction work, as confirmed by SRE chairman Andris Vārna.

It is noted that the decision was made because major problems were found in the work performed by the construction company initially picked for the job – ReRe Būve 1. Violations uncovered during the reconstruction of the theatre include insufficient analysis of documents prior to commencing construction work, provision of false statements to the client, significant violations of safety regulations, as well as unjustified delays with the contract’s completion terms.

Nevertheless, SRE is committed to finishing reconstruction of New Riga Theatre in accordance with the deadline outlined in the plan – summer 2022.

«I am certain that terminating the contract was the only appropriate solution in this situation. SRE acted in accordance with good management principles, as a responsible representative of public and state interests. We were a constructive partner and we have done much to search for the best possible solution for every problem that has surfaced during renovation work. Unfortunately, we have not seen any interest from the contractor to improve the quality of work and comply with previously agreed upon terms, costs and safety,» admits Vārna.

SRE’s construction supervisor had noticed violations with contractual obligations, quality and used technologies since autumn 2018. The supervisor has submitted reports and has done everything to prevent violations. The most important violation was the construction company’s failure to comply with SRE’s warnings on prevention of violations within five days of being issued the warning, as outlined in SRE’s report.

«We trusted the construction company to act like a responsible partner and prevent violations, but this never happened. Information about problems with the construction process has already surfaced in society. As a result of drilling mistakes, cracks have appeared in walls of neighbouring houses. Construction work was halted once this became apparent. After looking through planning documents, we found that the objective of the drilling process was breached. On top of that, no monitoring of vibrations was provided. This is unacceptable,» says Vārna.

In August it is planned to organize a new tender to pick a new construction contractor.

The most important difference from the previous tender will be use of the principle «design and build» and the compulsory use of the construction information system.

As explained by the company, use of the construction information system will provide better control over costs, reduce terms and resolve problems at the construction site more quickly.

«I have to say that I fully understand and support SRE’s position as the client. I had previously mentioned that the contractor has no burning desire to build a theatre,» says the construction project’s author, architect Zaiga Gaile.

BNN had previously reported that

SRE has terminated the contract with ReRe Būve 1 for the reconstruction of New Riga Theatre.

SRE plans to invite state construction supervisory institutions, Latvian Association of Civil Engineers and Economy Ministry to evaluate the work performed by ReRe Būve 1 attracted construction manager and consider revoking his certificate, says SRE board member Kitija Gruškevica.

Violations uncovered during the reconstruction of the theatre include insufficient analysis of documents prior to commencing construction work, provision of false statements to the client, significant violations of safety regulations, as well as unjustified delays with the contract’s completion terms, SRE reports.

Meanwhile, ReRe Būve board chairman Valdis Koks believes his company is accused of mistakes committed by the project’s developer SIA Zaigas Gailes birojs, and that complaints from SRE are completely unjustified. If SRE does not retract its accusations, the company will turn to court, Koks said.

According to him, while working on New Riga Theatre’s reconstruction, ReRe Būve 1 had followed the developed project to the letter. However, although errors and problems were uncovered during the reconstruction process, no solutions were provided, putting the project at risk. The chairman notes that more than 100 errors were found, with 33 of them putting at risk reconstruction efforts.

The planned New Riga Theatre budget is EUR 31 million. Of this amount, EUR 21 million is intended for construction, whereas the remaining amount accounts for construction supervision, technologies and equipment, as well as work of foreign experts.

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