The aim of the New Riga Theatre renovation and construction project is to create a modern European-level theatre.
The implementation of the project is influenced by the fact that the building is being built in the historical centre of Riga, in conditions of intensive surrounding construction. Therefore, in the yard area, the piles of the new building have been implemented using three different deep foundation construction technologies at the same time - DSM (soil stabilisation), VDW (successive drilling piles) and “Jet Grouting” (cement-water mixture injections). These solutions have already been used by “Keller”, which is one of the world's largest geotechnical companies. Due to the increased degree of danger of the construction works, the monitoring of the surrounding buildings continues, paying special attention to the construction works of the C volume freight lift.
The project separately identifies energy efficiency works, for which the European Union structural funds have been attracted. It is planned to insulate the exterior walls of the facade, the roof covering, replace the exterior doors, build double-glazed windows, mechanical ventilation, rebuild the heating system, replace the lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting.
The area of the theatre complex after the reconstruction will be 9,767 m2; it will be supplemented by the yard with an area of 649 m2. The total number of spectator seats will be 840 (until the reconstruction - 400). The theatre will have three auditoriums: a large Smiļģis hall with 325 seats on the ground floor and 175 seats on the balcony, a large “Black-box” hall with 240 seats, a small “Black-box” hall with 100 seats. The new area of the building also includes three rehearsal halls. The second floor, called the Creative Floor, is fully dedicated to actors and other theatre staff - there will be modern dressing rooms, showers, and a spacious kitchen.
There will be a modern workshop on the basement floor. It is the underground part that is one of the most important components of the project, which allows one to implement the idea of “theatre-house”, i.e. everything from the production of decorations to the theatre performance can be implemented together without wasting extra resources. The accessibility of the environment for people with special needs has also been improved - there is a convenient entrance to the yard and the building, a lift, WC, and there are also special places in the halls.
Until now construction works have been completed, roof covering fitting works, facade reconstruction are being carried out. Internal engineering networks are being constructed. Theater's technological equipment installation works are performed in the viewer's halls.
The parties involved in construction are purposefully working so that the construction works proceed as planned, the object is completed in the appropriate quality and the theatre can return to the building on Lāčplēša iela by the spring of 2023.
A contract has been signed with the general partnership SBSC for the construction of the New Riga Theatre for 32,4 million euros. Cooperation with the contractor - general partnership “SBSC” takes place according to the principle “Design and build”, which means overall responsibility of the contractor for the construction works and allows challenges to be solved faster.
The budget of this project is influenced by the limited environment - construction conditions, city networks, substation, integration into the urban environment, restoration, observing the requirements of the State Inspection for the Protection of Cultural Monuments. However, we will have a European-level theatre, a doubled usable space, a large hall with more than 500 seats instead of the current 300. A unique solution is the dual acoustics and sound proofing, which no other object in Latvia has,
reports the author of the project
Project name and identification number:
Improving energy efficiency in a building at Lāčplēša iela 25, Riga (22.214.171.124/18/I/050).
Objective of the project:
To contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency in the building at Lāčplēša iela 25, Riga, by implementing energy efficiency improvement activities in the buildings.
The main activities of the project:
insulation of the external wall of the facade, insulation of the roof covering, construction of double-glazed windows, replacement of external doors, construction of mechanical ventilation, reconstruction of the heating system, replacement of lighting.
Total project budget:
EUR 2 675 385.47 (of which EUR 2 170 416.00 is eligible expenditure)
Project implementation deadline: until 31 December 2023
Contract signed with PS "SBSC" for the construction, design, author's supervision, BIM development, and maintenance of the New Riga Theatre complex.
03.02.2020: bids from four contractors were received in the tender for the construction of the New Riga Theatre at Lāčplēša iela 25, Riga.
11.05.2020: a contract was signed with the SBSC partnership for the construction, development of the design, designer supervision, BIM development and maintenance of utility lines.
10.09.2020: the construction of the new building volume and installation of the piles starts.
30.12.2020: the installation of the piles for the new volume of the New Riga Theatre ends, and the construction of the underground workshops begins.
11.03.2020: a time capsule with 19th-century historical items found.
31.03.2021: a time capsule with messages for future generations was placed.
16.07.2021: a third of the new JRT building structures, as well as the concreting of the Smiļģa Room balcony and the small black-box room was completed.
08.11.2021: the highest point of the renovated roof of the building was reached.
24.03.2022: a statement regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of the contract is received from the contractor.
03.03.2022: the contractor reports of a disruption in the supply of materials caused by the military activities of Russia in Ukraine.
24.03.2022: a statement with information about the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of the contract is received from the contractor.
22.06.2022: an agreement is signed with the SBSC partnership for an extension of the deadline (by 8 months), with extra funding for unforeseen work (EUR 2.18 million) and for additional work proposed by the operator of the building (EUR 0.32 million).
15.08.2022: JRT staff and press tour the construction site, some 60% of the overall construction is completed.