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SRE: construction works for summer prototyping workshop “Riga Makerspace” will start in summer at A. Briāna iela 13, Riga


Reconstruction of the former Riga Light Industry Technical School building in Riga, 13 A. Briāna Street, the creation of a modern prototyping workshop “Riga Makerspace”, will be started this summer, adapting the premises to the needs of the Riga School of Design and Art and the Art Academy of Latvia. 11 tenderers have applied for the construction procurement of SJSC “State Real Estate” (SRE). SRE is beginning the evaluation process, informs Renārs Griškevičs, Chairman of the Board of SRE.

It is planned to place six new product sample production or prototyping workshops in the buildings under development in accordance with the educational programmes of the mentioned schools, which will ensure a high-quality and competitive learning process for pupils and students. In addition, modern rooms for seminars and other events will be set up. Construction works are planned to be completed in the summer of 2023. Contractors, that have submitted tenders in the procurement: GP “CES Group”, GP “MMG”, “Quintet M - FALKORS Building Industry - Ramda C”, Association of Persons “P and P”, Association of Suppliers 3A, Association of Suppliers “BBA, TILTS, PMK”, General Partnership “SBSC”, LTD “REATON, LTD”, PS “RERE MEISTARI 1”, LTD “Selva Būve” and JSC “UPB”. Amounts of tenders - from 5.3 million euros to 7.75 million euros. It will only be possible to talk about the winner of the procurement and the amount of the contract after evaluating the tenders.

“We plan to start construction works in the coming months. With the project, the building of the historic technical school will get new quality and features, and the surroundings of the building will receive a new, creative breath. At the same time, energy efficiency solutions will be introduced that will improve the indoor microclimate and provide significant thermal energy savings. Students and enthusiasts of creating new products will have modern training and creative activities here, residents of Riga and guests of the city - a tidy and well-maintained surrounding urban environment,” R. Griškevičs points out.

For the implementation of the prototyping workshop “Riga Makerspace” development project, the Ministry of Culture has attracted funding from the European Union funds Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” 5.6.1 of the specific support objective “To promote the revitalisation of the city of Riga, ensuring the efficient socio-economic use of the territory” and 4.2.1 of the specific support objective “To promote the increase of energy efficiency in public and residential buildings” of the first round of project application selection for the measure “Promoting energy efficiency in public buildings”, as well as state budget funds (including Covid-19 funding for stimulating the economy through investments in construction).

At the same time as the creation of a prototyping complex with the support of the ERDF, SRE is implementing the creation of two more creative quarters. On the adjacent Miera iela, the 1st stage of the future Tobacco Factory Quarter will be developed for the needs of the Latvian Academy of Culture and Creative Industries Business Incubator, while in the area of Šķirotava at Meirānu iela 2 there will be cultural premises and a performing arts decoration workshop complex of SJSC “Latvian National Opera and Ballet”. It is planned to already hand over the construction works in three quarters in the surroundings of Riga to the public for creative development purposes in the summer of 2023.

Last year, 17 nationally significant development projects with a total budget of 29.5 million euros were completed under the leadership of SRE. In the conditions of the pandemic, respecting the precautionary and safety requirements, work on 43 different construction sites of national importance with a total project budget of 156 million euros continues under the leadership of SRE. SRE provides professional real estate management and administration for approximately 400 real estate properties with 1100 buildings of 1.02 million square metres and more than 3600 land properties with an area of 9.6 million square metres. SRE was founded in 1996 and its sole (100%) shareholder is the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia.