New Rīga Theater reconstruction could be finished in autumn

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The full company “SBSC” (Skonto Būve” and “Skonto Construction”) has submitted an offer for the completion of the works of the New Rīga Theater (JRT) – on October 29 of this year, but “State Real Estate” (VNĪ) has not received any evidence that the builder can meet the deadline, according to VNĪ board member Jeļena Gavrilova, LSM's culture editorial reported on February 6.

As reported earlier by LSM, the New Rīga Theater construction project has already taken too long in the view of the artists, so they have announced an open-ended strike since this is an "open-ended project for the country". The deadline for completion provided in the contract was March 11 of this year, and it had already been extended several times before.

On Thursday, February 2, the JRT construction monitoring meetings were held, where VNĪ and SBSC continued to seek a mutually acceptable solution for completing the theater's reconstruction as soon as possible.

"At the moment, we have not received any proper justification for how the builder [is preparing] to execute this within the proposed deadline. Instead, we get links to news portals, where politicians talk about inflation and the current challenges in the country as a whole. The submission of justifications is not an excessive requirement and is also well understood by the full company SBSC. JRT is built for public budget and European Union funds, not private, hence we need to gain 100% confidence that there is no corporate problem at the expense of the State," said Gavrilova.

"We understand that the JRT actors are hurt by these squabbles, and just like them, the VNĪ team is doing everything to make the theater return to their home as soon as possible. So far, we have repeatedly compromised with the builder to find non-standard solutions to deal with the immediate situation, but they have to be justified. Both by compensating for price increases in line with inflation and by granting an advance," said Gavrilova.

"There is not much time left – an agreement on a solution has to be found in the coming month. In our view, the theater can still be commissioned in the autumn under certain conditions, but this depends to a large extent on the will of the builder and the desire to meet the conditions.

"So far, they have been executed only in part, and each time we see a slightly different scene. In this situation, our chances of finding a solution have been exhausted," said Gavrilova.


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