Abora firm selected to build Liepāja Prison for €113.6m

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The procurement commission assessing bids to design and build the new Liepāja Prison has selected the lowest bid submitted by construction company Abora, which offered to construct the prison for €113.597 million, the Courthouse Agency told LETA February 28.

Company P.M.G, L4 will supervise construction of the Liepāja Prison.

Based on the procurement commission's decision, the Justice Ministry will draw up and submit a report to the Cabinet of Ministers, which will decide on allocating financing for the project. After funding is allocated for the project, a contract will be signed with Abora, according to which construction of the prison will have to be completed by March 31, 2023.

"Implementing such a major construction project and creating modern infrastructure will make it possible to radically change the correctional system, enabling effective resocialization of inmates and their successful inclusion in society once they have served their sentences," said the Courthouse Agency.

The other bidders to build Liepāja Prison were Latvian company UPB and Estonia's Merko Ehitus Eesti. The procurement commission concluded that Abora's bid met all the criteria and the company offered to build the prison at the lowest cost.

UPB offered to implement the project for €127.197 million and Merko Ehitus Eesti for €137.374 million. They can appeal the procurement commission's decision in ten days.

The procurement commission was made up of representatives from the Courthouse Agency, Justice Ministry, Prison Administration, law firm Sorainen and Latvian Association of Civil Engineers.

As reported, the new prison in Latvia’s southwestern city of Liepāja will be able to accommodate 1,200 inmates. The prison complex will include eight buildings. The total size of the prison’s territory will be 305,116 square meters and the total floor space of the premises is projected at 51,092 square meters.

The prison complex will be situated 5.6 kilometers from the Liepaja center.

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