Riga is looking to the future with a variety of projects aimed at providing Latvia with better and more modern connectivity, while at the same time bringing about urban renewal, respecting the city's architectural heritage.
The great driving force behind this renewal in the communications infrastructure has been the Rail Baltica project, a mega rail project that will link the rail network of the Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) with the rest of Europe and has been financed by the European Union, which considers it a strategic project from an economic, commercial, social and geopolitical point of view.
Rail Baltica envisages a new terminal very close to Riga airport, which will allow passengers using the airport to have a direct and fast connection to the center of Riga.
Now it is the turn of the air terminal itself, which will undergo major investment for its growth and modernization. Riga Airport has this week announced a discussion on the construction procurement qualification requirements with applicants.
The new terminal building of Riga Airport with a modern passenger check-in hall, security and border control area, shops and cafes, baggage handling facility; new access roads for private and public transport, a multi-story car park and a connection to the Rail Baltica station together form stage 6 of the Airport's development, the total scope of construction of which will be more than 45 000 m2, but the investments are estimated in the amount of EUR 167 million.
The future Riga International Airport (RIX) will be able to serve up to 12 million passengers a year, and will be connected with the Rail Baltica railroad station to form a unified, multimodal transport hub. Around it will be developed the airport business city RIX Business Park, which will offer hotels, office centers, logistics, air cargo and e-commerce warehouses, creating development possibilities for a wide variety of businesses and creating new jobs.
After collecting proposals, the qualifications of applicants will be announced at the beginning of October, which will be followed by stage 2 of construction procurement - submission of proposals. Currently, it is expected that the construction contract could be concluded at the end of the summer of 2024, when the construction works should also begin. The construction will take place in several successive stages to ensure the continuity of the Airport's operations.
At Deltana Engineering we also aim for growth in this important market. Our presence in the Riga Central Station project, corresponding to Rail Baltica, gives us an endorsement to consolidate our presence and try to collaborate in the new Airport project, so the consortium that is awarded could count on our support as Back Office Construction Engineering (BOCE ), with a technical team experienced in Quantity Take Off tasks for the control and progress of work, BIM support for the applicability of the design in the construction phase, rebar detailing, BBS and technical Support.