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SRE: we are continuing the implementation of the archive development concept; the renovation of the interior of the archive buildings in Riga and Daugavpils has been completed


After the 2020 energy efficiency improvement project in Daugavpils Zonal State Archives, 9 Komandanta Street, Daugavpils, and the Latvian National Archives building at 14 Skandu Street, Riga, within the framework of the Latvian National Archives Infrastructure Development Concept, SJSC “State Real Estate” (hereinafter SRE) has renovated the interior of both buildings. We utilized the opportunity to organize, renovate and ensure more efficient long-term use and management of the properties in Riga and Daugavpils,” informs Renārs Griškevičs, Chairman of the Board of SRE.

The building of the Latvian National Archives (hereinafter LNA) on 9 Komandanta Street, Daugavpils has undergone cosmetic repairs to restore the finishings of certain premises. As part of the renovation works, the finishings of the publicly accessible premises and the offices of the LNA employees were replaced, the doors were replaced, and a new, energy-efficient LED lighting system was installed. The building now provides both an improved working environment for LNA employees and pleasant conditions in the premises available to LNA visitors. The total cost of cosmetic repairs is 82.6 thousand euros without VAT.

“The Daugavpils Zonal State Archives ensures the accumulation and use of documents to be included in the National Documentary Heritage in Daugavpils City, Augšdaugava, Krāslava, Līvāni and Preiļi counties. Within the framework of the archive development concept, in 2020 the energy efficiency of the building was improved and in 2021 – the interior was renovated. The renovated premises provide an opportunity to receive documents from various institutions and preserve them for future generations,” says Ināra Lazdāne, Director of Daugavpils Zonal State Archives.

”SRE takes care of the sustainable management and development of the state-owned property entrusted to it. We take care of the environment, efficient use of resources – within the framework of the archives development concept, we first improved the energy efficiency indicators of both buildings and customized the premises during the past year, improved the working environment for archive employees and visitors,” explains Renārs Griškevičs, Chairman of the Board of SRE.

In the building of the Latvian National Archives, at 14 Skandu Street, Riga, the entrance hall has been renovated, its finishings have been renovated, windows and doors have been replaced, and a new, energy-efficient LED lighting system has been installed. The new lighting system is equipped with a separate track-adjustable and light-intensity-adjustable spotlight system, which creates an aesthetically pleasing environment to illuminate small exhibition elements. As part of the cosmetic repair, the tourniquets have been restored, applying their solutions to access for people with disabilities, as well as the modernization of engineering systems have been performed – the electrical installation, access control, fire detection and emergency alarm system have all been renewed. As a result of the work performed, the technical condition of the Latvian National Archives building has been improved and pleasant conditions have been created for the visitors and employees of the Latvian National Archives in the spacious entrance hall of the building. The total cost of cosmetic repairs is 97.3 thousand euros without VAT.

In order to arrange and efficiently use the real estate intended for the needs of the archives, at the end of 2020 the concept of archive development was also approved. Within the framework of it, it is planned to modernise eight archive buildings by 2030, adapting the premises to the needs of archives, creating a comfortable working environment, suitable premises and a microclimate for storing, restoring and digitising documents. It is also planned to create publicly accessible premises, such as reading rooms and landscape the areas.

SRE currently continues works on 54 different construction sites of national importance, with a total project budget of 223 million euros. SRE provides professional real estate management and administration for approximately 400 real estate properties with 1100 buildings and 1.02 million square metres of space and more than 3600 land properties of 9.6 million square metres. The company was founded in 1996 and is 100% owned by the Ministry of Finance.