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Tuesday 07.04.2020 | Name days: Helmuts, Zina, Zinaīda

BMX track, Alfa, Cesis Castle and other nominees for Best Building of the Year in Latvia 2019

The team of experts of the Best Building of the Year in Latvia 2019 contest has picked a total of 41 buildings out of 91 for the finals, as confirmed by the chairman Normunds Grinbergs.

IUB prohibits signing of contract in LU House of Letters construction procurement

Latvia’s Procurement Monitoring Bureau has prohibited the signing of a contract in the EUR 35 million worth University of Latvia House of Letters construction procurement, according to information from IUB homepage.

Construction costs in Latvia up 2.8% in January

Compared to December 2019, the level of construction costs in Latvia fell by 0.2 % in January 2020. Labour remuneration of workers reduced by 0.9 %, prices of building materials – by 0.1 %, but maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – rose by 0.2 %.

Information about VDD new office building’s construction costs is a state secret

Although some media have mentioned different amounts of money the construction of a new office for the State Security Service at the location of former Marss cycling track may cost, the service reports that this information is considered a state secret.

Bypass in Sarkandaugava to cost 42.5 million; builders – Binders, LNK Industries and Latvijas tilti

Riga City Council’s Transport Department has signed a contract worth EUR 42.5 million with an association of suppliers OTC for the construction of a new bypass in Sarkandaugava, the department reports.

Construction of Rail Baltica railway in Estonia could begin in 2022, firm says

As part of the Rail Baltica project, the construction of the actual railway in Estonia could begin in 2022 or late 2021, has said the executive of RB Rail AS Estonia, Aivar Jaeski.

VK: at least 7.14 million euros spent on Latvian-Russian border infrastructure illegally

When establishing Latvian-Russian border, at least EUR 7.14 million of budget finances and property was used illegally, as concluded by Latvian State Audit.

Study: 62.1% of businesses are negative about road state and transport quality

62.1% of businesses consider the quality of local and international transport and the state of roads in Latvia poor or very poor, according to Turība University’s Business Index.

20% of Riga Central Station design work for Rail Baltica is complete

Nearly 20% of Rail Baltica project’s design work on Riga Central Station has been completed. Construction company Bererix has closed off territory, railway, underground areas and other infrastructure for topographical and measuring work, as reported by Rail Baltica project’s representative Linda Vītola.

Estonia’s construction growth ends, civil engineering sees 5% decrease

Estonian construction volume has started decreasing in quarter three after three and a half years of growth, the country’s official statistics show as the production value of Estonian construction enterprises amounted to 930 million euros

Z-Towers examination reports to be evaluated by construction experts

The State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia has commenced an administrative process and plans to assess the work performed by certified construction experts on Z-Towers. This includes assessing reports associated with the project, as confirmed by the office’s representative Elīna Balgalve.

State Real Estate board member steps down over construction worker’s death

Following the fatal fall of a construction worker off the roof of Finance Ministry’s building, State Real Estate board member Kitija Gruškevica has stepped down.

Construction output in Latvia increases 5.9%

Compared to Q3 2018, construction output had increased by 5.9 % in Q3 2019. Construction output rise was observed in construction of buildings as 11.7 %, civil engineering as 2.1 % and specialised construction activities as 2.4 %.

Unspent funding from New Riga Theatre’s reconstruction to be spent in coming years

Latvia’s State Real Estate has commenced a new tender for the future reconstruction of New Riga Theatre. The funding left unspent this year – EUR 7 million – was returned to the state budget. The government plans to divert this money to other needs.

Rail Baltica airport station’s construction may cost 250 – 280 million euros for Latvia

Railway project Rail Baltica station’s construction at Riga International Airport may cost around 250 – 280 million euros. The exact amount will be clarified soon – in the second stage of the construction tender, says Rail Baltica implementer in Latvia Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas board chairman Kaspars Vingris.

Estonian construction accident ends lethally

In Estonia, at the site of stadium construction works, one person has lost his life as two workers were accidentally buried under soil.

Construction sector’s illness: 51% of companies are aware of unofficial payments

Cartels are not a sudden appearance in Latvia, it is a phenomenon that has been swept under the rug for a long time, as experts explained at the «Competition in business: influence of cartels, lobbyist activity and black PR» discussion organized by Turība University.


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