Implementer of the Rail Baltica project in Latvia – company Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas has announced an open tender for the technical engineering and construction supervision services for Rail Baltica station and related infrastructure at Riga International Airport. The supervision services will have to be provided during the construction and warranty period of the station building, access roads, railway viaduct and the new railway line.
Kaspars Vingris, Chairman of the Board of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas: “Rail Baltica station at Riga International Airport will be the first high-speed railway and airline connection centre in the Baltic States. A modern and multi-functional passenger service hub, which is connected with the airport infrastructure will be established. New mobility opportunities and comfort for passengers will be created. Construction of the railway viaduct will also be a unique process at the national level. In order to occupy smaller area, for the first time in Latvia, Rail Baltica railway and station at Riga International Airport will be placed on 10 m high railway viaduct, which will begin at Mazā Gramzdas Street and stretch throughout the airport territory at the length of 2 km. The project is complicated, and it is significant to supervise quality of construction works according to all safety, operational and environmental accessibility requirements.”
High requirements have been set for the participants: the candidate must have at least seven year long professional experience in construction supervision of railway, bridges and trestles, as well as construction of public buildings of the area of at least 16,000 m2. Average net turnover of the participant in the field in question during the period of last three years must be at least 3 million euro, as well as positive equity capital is required for 2019.
Closing date for the submission of the participants’ proposals is 25 August 2020 at 14:00. Contract performance period is ten years from the moment of signing thereof, including provision of services for five years during the warranty period of the construction work contract.
The project is implemented in five phases, and payments for the completed work will take place according to the determined work implementation phases. Provisional price of the engineering technical and construction supervision contract, Phase One has been determined in the amount of 600 thousand euro (including VAT).
Should be noted that international tender to select the implementer of construction works of the Rail Baltica station at Riga International Airport and related infrastructure is still in progress. 11 candidates from 8 countries: Latvia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, France, Turkey and Austria have qualified for Phase Two of the tender. The deadline for submission of technical and financial proposals to the SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas is 25 August. It is planned to enter into a contract with the winner of the tender at the end of 2020 and to commence the construction works in 2021.
The construction works will be implemented in five phases: first, the station building planned in three levels will be constructed, as well as building constructions of railway viaduct and access roads with the related infrastructure. The aforementioned works will be followed by a creation of facade of the station buildingusing wood as a dominating facade element, thus respecting the wooden architecture traditions of Latvia Construction of the railway viaduct to Riga and Jaunmārupe will follow at a later stage. In order to provide that railway occupies smaller area, Rail Baltica railway and station at Riga International Airport will be placed on approximately 10 m high railway viaduct. An embankment will be made and a 113 m long railway overpass over K. Ulmaņa gatve. Construction of rails will be the closing stage. Construction of two railway tracks is provided for, so that Rail Baltica high-speed train could run along the newly built railway track 4 times a day, while shuttle train would run every 30 minutes connecting the airport and the Central station in Riga in 8 minutes. Creation of the infrastructure will also enable the expansion of cargo processing services byproviding a possibility to make a connection of the cargo railway branch to the airport territory.