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ReRe Būve 1 no longer engaged in restoration of New Riga Theatre

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Latvia’s VAS State Real Estate (SRE) has terminated its contract with construction company ReRe Būve 1 in the restoration 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.

Koks claims it was decided to slow down work so that the client and the project’s designer are able to prevent mistakes. The construction company was nonetheless prepared to work on other areas of the building.

On Wednesday, 24 July, SRE presented a report on the progress with the theatre’s reconstruction and reasons why construction work was ceased in November 2018.

Reconstruction work on New Riga Theatre was ceased on 22 November 2018 due to problems with the construction process.

The project for the theatre’s reconstruction was designed by Zaigas Gailes Birojs un Partneri. According to the architects plan, it is planned to nearly double the total actively used area of New Riga Theatre – from the current 5 146 m2 to 9 767.1 m2. In addition to planned building restoration work, it is also planned to work on the building’s yard. After reconstruction, the number of seats for the audience will increase from 400 to 840. The theatre will have three auditoriums.

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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