Questions and Answers


QUESTION No 1

On the programme of the competition, there is a map (A) of the numbered site buildings with the cultural values shown. But this specific numbering does not meet the other numbering orders of site buildings at the cadastral files (B) or the separate buildings vector files (C).
Here and after:
A – Tabakas kvartāla apbūve ar kultūrvēsturiski vērtīgo apbūvi, saskaņā ar VKPAI lēmumu (page 14);
B – TabFab_Metu.konkursa.materiali » Konkursa_izejmateriali » 5_PAPILDMATERIALI » 5_1_INVENTARIZACIJA;
C – TabFab_Metu.konkursa.materiali » Konkursa_izejmateriali » 6_RASEJUMI.

Taking into account these inconsistencies the following questions are:
1. Could You please confirm that we do understand correctly that the physical buildings No. 3 and No. 4 (at A) is one building formed from the buildings with the cadastral units No. 01000262021011 and No. 01000262024012 and at C this building is numbered as 6_3_Eka_Nr.3_Eka_Nr. 4.
2. Could You please confirm that we do understand correctly that the physical building No. 2 (at A) is the building with the cadastral number 01000262024010 and at C this building is numbered as 6_2_Eka_Nr.2.
3. Could You please confirm that we do understand correctly that the physical buildings No. 5 and No. 9 (at A) is one building formed from the buildings with the cadastral units No. 01000262024003 and No. 02000262024002 and at C this building is numbered as 6_4_Eka_Nr.5.
4. Could You please confirm that we do understand correctly that the physical building No. 11 (at A) is the building with the cadastral number 01000262024001 and at C this building is numbered as 6_8_Eka_Nr.11.
5. Could You please confirm that we do understand correctly that there are no vector files (dwg plans, facades) for the building with a cadastral No. 01000260092002. If not – could You please point a specific number and name for it at the competition materials.

Other questions:
6. The main building (cadastral No. 01000262024005) was reconstructed to adapt it for „Jaunais Rīgas teātris“ activities. New spaces and rooms such as theatre halls and others were created. From the point of view of architects of a new architectural proposal provider, it is not completely clear if there is a general expectation to keep majority physical solutions that were set during the reconstruction or it is a will to change the building more by partly rebuilding it. If there is an expectation to keep maximum of already created spaces that would benefit a major economic advantage at the future construction works but may restrict new qualities that interesting architectural solutions could bring to the whole complex by allowing new major reconstruction solutions such as partly rebuilding. Which way is more desirable for the developer?

ANSWER
In the Competition Designing programme and in the Folder No.6 of the Competition source materials is the same principle of numbering. According to the fact that in the first stage of the TabFab reconstruction a number of buildings (later additions) were demolished, the Inventory, done in different periods, reflects numbering without a proper order. In the Competition Folder No.5 is kept the original building numbering of the inventory files, please see the attached table with the corresponding comparison of the numbering: TABLE
Answers:
1.Buildings No.3 and No.4 are blocked, but each building has its own cadastral No. In the Folder No.6 –DRAWINGS both buildings are shown in one drawing, namely, “6_3_Building_no.3_Building_no.4
2.Yes, correct
3.Yes, correct. In the DRAWING Folder building No.5 is blocked with the transformer substation, building No.9 in the DRAWING Folder is marked as “6_4_Building_No.5”
4.Yes, correct
5.Since the building No.12 (former garage, in the Inventory file has No.1, lit.002) is without cultural importance value and it is allowed to demolish this building, in order to give more space for the public space of the TabFab this building has no digital floor plan.
6.Building, reconstructed for the needs of the Riga New Theatre, should be rebuilt in order to adapt it for the needs of the Latvian Academy of Culture, according to the room programme, see the Designing Programme.
In the Designing Programme it is indicated that the Developer (the Client) would like not only to adapt this building for the needs of the Latvian Academy of Culture, but also, by reconstructing the façade of the building, there should be foreseen windows in the halls and the former industrial image/character should be returned.


QUESTION No 2

In the Brief it is set out:
6.7. At the time of the preparation of the Competition entry, the Participant shall have at least one architect who has:
6.7.1. a document confirming a right of an architect’s independent practice, issued by a competent authority in the Republic of Latvia or in a foreign country, if the laws and regulations of the respective country so provide.
Also the brief in Chapter 12 of the Brief requires a whole different set of Participant‘s qualification.

Our questions are:
•If the Participant is meeting requirements set out in Clause 6.7.1 without any subcontractors, but is planning on involving subcontractors to meet requirements in Chapter 12 of the Brief, should the Participant disclose the subcontractors in the Competition submission or shall the list of subcontractors and their documents be submitted for the Negotiation Procedure only?
•If the Participant is not required to disclose subcontractors for the Competition submission, but only for the Negotiation Procedure, the Participant might not have the subcontractors at the moment of Competition submission, although the Participant is required by the Clause 13.4 of the Brief to indicate the volume of services (%) to be provided by the subcontractor. How should the form in Appendix 3 be completed in such case?

ANSWER
By preparing a proposal for the Sketch Design Competition, the Participant of the Competition must submit the documents in accordance with the requirements set out in Section 6 of the Brief.

If the Participant does not need to involve subcontractors to comply with the qualification requirements set out in Clause 6.7.1, subcontractors do not need to be indicated in the submitted proposal.

Section 12 of the Brief lists the qualification requirements and the documents that will need to be submitted as part of the Negotiation Procedure.
By signing the “Application for Participation in the Competition”, the Participant of the Competition confirms that his/her qualification complies with the requirements set out in the Competition Brief and that the qualification documents of the specialists listed in the rules of the Negotiation Procedure (Clause 12.1 of the Competition Brief) will be submitted in the required amount during the Negotiation Procedure.

We would like to point out that Clause 13.4 of the Brief refers to the cases when a Participant involves subcontractors in order to comply with the requirements set out in Section 6 or when he/she intends to subcontract some parts of the procurement contract to a subcontractor.


QUESTION No 3

I have read through the competition brief for the development of the TabFab Creative Quarter and I understand from point 6.4 – 6.4.2 that the participant(s) behind a competition entry must be or be part of a registered architecture practice.
Is this correct and does that mean that it is not possible to enter the competition as an individual architect (or group of individual architects) not connected or organised as a registered company?
If it is possible to enter as individuals what is then supposed to be typed in the Company Number-slot on the registration page?

ANSWER
Registration in the Commercial Register means that a natural or legal person can perform an economic activity.
You can take part in the competition as an individual architect (providing proof of your qualification in accordance with Clause 6.7.1 of the Brief) or as a group of independent architects (an association of suppliers or persons in accordance with Clause 6.6 of the Brief).
If you participate in the competition as an association of persons/suppliers, you must enclose an agreement or a letter of intent of the members of the association of persons. Please, see sub-clauses of Clause 6.6 of the Brief.


QUESTION No 4

1.Regarding section 12.1.2 – experience in developing of at least 1 reconstruction design of a public building. Administratively, we registered our office in 2017, but have been working together on projects as three partners since 2015. One of our partners has had previous experience working on a reconstruction design of a public building from design concept to completing construction in 2015. He did this work as part of a large international office and was the Architect on the project. Would this experience be considered sufficient for the requirement outlined in the section 12.1.2?
2.Regarding section 12.1.3 – As noted in the above paragraph, our office has been registered as a company since 2017, but have previous experience and income as three partners since 2015. Our annual turnover varies from year to year due to a fluctuation of projects and inconsistency of payments we receive. Could you explain a bit about how you will be making the judgment on this requirement and what information you will need if the time comes? In the case that we partner with another office for this competition, can the combined income of both offices be used?
3.Regarding the sections, 12.1.4–12.1.4.8 – Does the total budget for the commission of further study include the costs for the certified specialists outlined here? Or is this requirement meant to consider the team that could potentially be involved in further development of the project? Should we include the list of specialists in our submission of the competition?

ANSWER
1.Yes, it would.
In addition, we would like to underline that according to the Public Procurement Law, the evaluation of proposals takes place at closed meetings of the Procurement Committee after their submission, thus the Procurement Committee does not carry out the verification of qualification prior to the submission of the proposals and it cannot provide a straightforward answer about the compliance of the qualification with the requirements set out in the Competition Brief.
Section 12 of the Brief lists those qualification requirements and documents that will have to be submitted for the Negotiation Procedure.

2.According to Clause 12.1.3 of the Brief, you must indicate the annual financial turnover of the Participant and/or the person whose resources the Participant relies on. If you join forces with another office, you must also enclose a letter of intent to the competition documents (see Clause 6.6 of the Brief).

3.The specialists listed in Clause 12.1.4 of the Brief are necessary for the development of the construction design. By signing the “Application for Participation in the Competition”, you confirm that your qualification meets the requirements set out in the Competition Brief and during the Negotiation Procedure you will submit all documents proving the qualification of the specialists in the requested amount.


QUESTION No 5

Is there an error in the Competition Brief requesting A0-size panels instead of the usual A1 format?

ANSWER
For the TabFab competition, A0 format panels must be submitted as indicated in the Brief.


QUESTION No 6

1. Currently, as far as it can be seen from the boundaries of the plot of land, a neighbouring plot should be crossed to get to the territory. Is it planned to be the same in the future? Is there any information about the servitude and its size in the neighbouring plot of land?
2. Considering the requirements for parking spaces of the laws and regulations, is it possible to build an underground car park in the territory?
3. As regards required spaces in Building No.1. Do I understand correctly that both the large and the small hall are retained? The requirements for the Small Hall are described in the table, but there are no requirements for the Large Hall.
4. In order to determine the size of auxiliary rooms, it is required to know how many people will use the halls of Building No.1: a rehearsal hall for acting classes, a multifunctional hall, two halls for movement classes and an actors’ rehearsal room.
5. The Brief does not include facades/elevations? Are they necessary or is it possible to submit a few characteristic ones by choice?
6. Please, clarify what is meant in Clause 4.8.1 of the Brief:
“a legend showing materials used for facade finish/filling of openings”- what openings are meant there – windows? Where does this legend need to be shown?

ANSWER
1. At the moment, entering the TabFab territory, the neighboring land plot is crossed. According to the land register (see 4_2_2_ copy_from_Land_Register_division), the territory of the road servitute is 0.0122 ha, download here: PLAN. The width of the passageway in the TabFab territory is 5.25m on the left side of the building No.11 and 6.5m on the right side.
2. One should take into consideration that from 2015-2017 there was the realized TabFab main building reconstruction, also the infrastructure was replaced with new engineering networks and new rain water drainage was implemented. The underground parking is only allowed if it is not affecting the realized engineering networks and its realization is possible in the available budget.
3. In the Designing Programme is indicated that one hall should be applied for dancing performances (it could be the existing JRT Small hall), while the other hall requires the cinema demonstration with the amphitheater of the spectator seats, providing synchronous translation (in the Designing Programme is mentioned that for that purpose could be adapted the existing JRT Big hall, see page No.29). The functional zoning can be done according to the participant’s opinion, providing the following requirements – one hall needs high ceiling, the other one has the amphitheater for spectator seats.
4. The average number of persons is the following:
– a rehearsal hall for acting classes – max up to 20 students,
– a multifunctional hall – 350 seats as in the existing JRT Big Hall at the moment,
– two halls for movement classes – max 20 students each,
– actors’ rehearsal room – max 20 students.
5. If you offer new building volumes, then in addition to visualizations and photomontages showing the synthesis of your ideas in the existing urban context, it is advisable to add also the new architectural images/facades.
6. For example, the window split if it is the window opening, or if the existing opening is closed, then indicate the filling material.


QUESTION No 7

We have been reading through the competition brief and it does not seem to indicate how many A0 panels the package should include. Shall each participant decide the number of A0 panels to deliver?

ANSWER
The total amount of A0 boards depends on your individual approach of the layout of the graphical information.


QUESTION No 8

1. Regarding the submission material, we are a bit confused if the points are referring to the same explanatory note, and whether the graphical material in the A3 bound document is open for layout or it is a direct copy of the panels scaled down (referred to as scaled-down colour reproductions of the panels in 4.8.4). Can you confirm the following as the submission requirements described in point 4.8.1-4.8.4? Color-coding to show that it is the same material, in different size, resolution and form.

Submission material in general:
– A0-size panels to present the idea of the project, content explained in 4.8.1
– A3 bound document/booklet including
• Brief summary of the problems solved ad part of the project and the conceptual approach used
• Graphical material from the panels presented in the A3 booklet (open for layout)
– If correct – is there a maximum of pages?
• Explanatory note with descriptions and numbers, explained in 4.8.2

Physical submission:
– The A0 panels on 5mm foam board
– The A3 bound document/booklet in 3 printed copies

Digital submission / 2 USB handed in physically containing:
– The A0 panels in A0, 300dpi – PDF
– The A0 panels in A0, 300dpi – JPEG
– The A0 panels scaled to A3, 72dpi – PDF
– The A0 panels scaled to A3, 72dpi – JPEG
– The bound document/booklet in A3 – PDF
– The bound document/booklet in A3 – JPEG

2. Can you elaborate/specify Point 1.12:
– the planned contract amount intended by the Commissioner for the elaboration of the construction design for the Competition Object and its author’s supervision is EUR 174 961.00 (one hundred seventy four thousand nine hundred and sixty one euros and 00 cents) without VAT; (does this mean full documentation or how do you see the role? Is this including other consultants + specialist, like engineer, etc?)
– the planned contract amount for the construction of the Competition Object is EUR 4 575 629.00 (four million five hundred seventy five thousand six hundred twenty nine euros and 00 cents) without VAT (Is this the full amount for all building costs? Including landscape?). The amount of construction works and construction costs will be specified during the Negotiation Procedure. The implementation and commissioning of the competition object is scheduled for the end of 2022.

3. When registering online, we only put company registration number for one company. We are two companies collaborating – do we need to do another registration for the second company, or is the registration not a formal registration and just to receive the competition material?

4. Do you have collaboration with or know any local company where it is possible to print the A0 panels and A3 booklets before handin?

ANSWER
1. In the Clause 4.8.4. is indicated the minimum required content of the A3 document. In the A3 bound document the competition participant may include additional information (sketches, diagrams, references, calculations, etc.) of his/her own choice.

Required submission material:
*A0-size panels presenting the idea of the project, content explained in the Brief Clause No.4.8.1
*A3 bound document/booklet including:
– the compilation of the conceptual approach,
– the explanatory note (in Latvian and English or in English),
– reduced colored copies of the panels in A3,
– technical and economical indicators according to the Brief Clause 4.8.2.
The number of A3 volume pages – your own choice.

`Physical submission:
-The A0 panels on 5mm foam board
-The A3 bound document/booklet in 3 printed copies`
Yes, correct.

`Digital submission / 2 USB handed in physically containing:
-The A0 panels in A0, 300dpi – PDF
-The A0 panels in A0, 300dpi – JPEG
-The A0 panels scaled to A3, 72dpi – PDF
-The A0 panels scaled to A3, 72dpi – JPEG
-The bound document/booklet in A3 – PDF
-The bound document/booklet in A3 – JPEG`
Yes, correct.

2. EUR 174 961 excluding VAT – this is the currently reserved amount for the implementation of the full construction project and to ensure the author supervision service, that amount may change during the negotiation procedure.
The currently planned contract amount for the realization of construction – EUR 4 575 629, excluding VAT, includes all building construction costs, as well as costs for the landscape. The amount of building construction volume and the building construction costs can be specified in the negotiation procedure.
For your information – during the reconstruction of the TabFab buildings and infrastructure from 2015-2017 there were invested 5,522,940.72 EUR without VAT.

3. Registration online is required in order to send to you the competition documents. Submitting your competition entry, please indicate both companies in the Competition application form (Appendix No.2).

4. It is possible to print in Riga both A0 panels and A3 documents.


QUESTION No 9

I want to make underground parking. Can I make the underground parking below the project area or do I have to respect the limit of each plot?
That is to say, could the underground car park communicate several plots of the competition area?

ANSWER
The study area includes plots of land belonging to different owners, therefore the underground car park can be planned only in the competition territory (please see the file 3_1_1_topography_with_borders_of_competition_project_area), taking into account the engineering communications and the rainwater drainage system established in the TabFab territory in 2015-2017.


QUESTION No 10

Do the general requirements of the Designing Programme to restore as many bricked-up windows as possible also apply to the Large Hall?

ANSWER
Yes, they do.


QUESTION No 11

We have a few questions regarding the design that we would like you to elaborate on:
– In regards to the master planning (in scale 1:2000) in the study area, what is the minimum of detailing required?. Is it an overall design of infrastructure and spaces or a full landscaping design.
– As we understand, we need to account for parking (car and bike) in relation to the competition territory area. Could the car and bike parking be in the study area and not necessarily in the competition territory?
– In relation to the submission material – is it okay to go up in scale? For example drawings in 1:100 instead of 1:200?
– The Design Programme, 3.4 Height of buildings state that
“in the territories where the Basic Conditions for Construction in the RHC and its Protection Zone of the graphical part of the Spatial Plan do not specify the maximum number of floors, the maximum building height is 24m.”
We assume this means the maximum building height in general is 24m, but where can we find if any of the buildings in our competition territory is specified with other height regulations/number of floors(the graphical part of the Spatial Plan)?
– The building programme where specific functions are assigned to the different buildings, is this up for change if we can argue for another position of the functions?

ANSWER
– The master plan in scale 1: 2000 for the study area should show, e.g. organisation schemes of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle flows, the link between the TabFab and other public objects, green areas within the urban environment, a car park concept, etc.
– There must be bicycle stands for at least 300 bicycles and a small number of parking spaces for vehicles in the competition territory in accordance with the restrictions on car park provision and regulations in the territory of the RHC (please see Sub-clause 2.9 of the General Requirements of Clause 11 “General Planning Requirements” of the Designing Programme).
– The minimum scale required in the competition is 1: 200. If you believe that you cannot show your ideas in sufficient detail in this scale, you can increase it. During the evaluation of the entries, the Jury will focus on functional and architectural solutions, and compliance with the requirements of the Designing Programme.
– The maximum height of buildings in the RHC and its protection zone is 24m, if the maximum number of floors is not specified. An excerpt from Regulations No. 38 “Regulations on the Use and Building of the Territory in the Historic Centre of Riga and Its Protection Zone” on the height of the buildings is available on page 51 of the Designing Programme.
– You can offer other functions in the buildings differing from the ones indicated in the Designing Programme if this does not contradict the logical use of spaces, and thus you provide the rooms specified in the Designing Programme.


QUESTION No 12

The answers provided do not give full information:
1. Is it planned to keep using the currently used servitude, a part of the neighbouring plot of land, in the future?
2. In order to be able to understand the engineering networks, information about them should be added to the competition materials.
3. Do the general requirements of the Designing Programme to restore as many bricked-up windows as possible also apply to the Large Hall?

ANSWER
1. It is planned to keep using the currently used servitude, a part of the neighbouring plot of land, in the future.
2. Please, see the scheme of the engineering communications of the TabFab territory: SCHEME.
3. Yes, the requirements also apply to the Large Hall.


QUESTION No 13

As regards the maximum number of people in the multi-functional hall, you stated that the number should be the same as it is now, i.e. 350 people in the New Riga Theatre, although in reality there are no more than 224-234 seats in the existing halls (as indicated in the plans). What is the necessary number of people? Considering the indicated areas of the halls, i.e. 250 m2, the smallest figure is the most appropriate one.

ANSWER
Currently, there are 301 seats in the Large Hall and 250 seats in the Small Hall of the New Riga Theatre.
According to the Designing Programme:
– the Large Hall should be retained, making it possible to use the hall also for demonstration of films;
– the Small Hall should be transformed into a multi-functional hall for training and performances for the needs of the studies in Contemporary Dance and Contemporary Circus.

But taking into account the technical solutions chosen, the functions of the Large and Small Halls may be changed on condition that:
– the Large Hall is transformed into a multi-functional hall for training and performances for the studies in Contemporary Dance and Contemporary Circus if the windows are restored and daylight is provided. There should be one-level floor in the hall and the ceiling should be high. It is recommended to have dressing rooms, toilet facilities with a shower and WCs next to the Large Hall;
– the Small Hall should be retained for events, theatrical and dance performances, concerts, festivals, conferences etc., making it possible to show there films as well. At the back of the hall, there should be a projection booth and a booth for simultaneous interpretation. Next to the Small Hall, there should be dressing rooms and toilet facilities with a shower and WCs.


QUESTION No 14

Please could you comment on the following question:
The 3d model has some new buildings included to the east of building no1 within the study area. Are these buildings expected to get built? Do these buildings have planning consent already and should we therefore include these into the masterplan for the study area? Should this be the case, could you provide a drawing indicating all new buildings with planning consent within the study area?

ANSWER
The 3d model includes the existing buildings in the competition territory and the area adjoining the study area so that you can have an idea of the scale of the urban environment. Buildings located outside the competition territory should not be included in the master plan.


QUESTION No 15

We have a couple of questions about the competition brief:
We are not completely sure about the number of parking spaces. The competition brief states that there should be “a small number of parking spaces for vehicles in the competition territory in accordance with the restrictions on car park provision and regulations in the territory of the RHC”. Right now there are around 40 parking spaces within the territory, and when we do the calculation based on the numbers provided in the competition brief, it amounts to 70+ spaces. We don’t consider this number of parking spaces as small. Are we making a mistake in our calculations? Can you also explain the difference between “parking spaces per one unit of calculation” and “parking spaces per one unit additional unit of calculation”? Should we take into account both numbers when doing the calculation?
The other question is about the deliverables on page 7 of the competition brief. It’s stated that we should include the “cubic capacity of the buildings”. Would you please elaborate on that?

ANSWER
Since the competition territory is located in the territory of the historic center of Riga (or Zone B in the city), the coefficient 0.3 is used in the calculation of parking spaces.
In total there should be 35 parking spaces provided.
The cubic capacity of a building is the volume of the building within the external enclosing surfaces.


QUESTION No 16

1. Could you, please, state how many parking spaces are needed in the competition territory! According to the calculations in building rules, there should be about 50 parking spaces, but it seems to be too much with regard to the vacant open spaces of the project?
2. Is it possible to have elevation drawings of Building No. 1 before its façade renovation?

ANSWER
There should be 35-36 parking spaces in the competition territory, see: TABLE. When the total number of square meters changes, the number of parking spaces should be recalculated accordingly.
Only inventory plans are available for Building No.1 from the period before reconstruction.


QUESTION No 17

We slo have a question about the 1:2000 masterplan.
You’ve earlier written to us: “The master plan in scale 1:2000 for the study area should show, e.g. organisation schemes of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle flows, the link between the TabFab and other public objects, green areas within the urban environment, a car park concept, etc.”
However now we can read on the website that “Buildings located outside the competition territory should not be included in the master plan.”
We are a little confused about to what extent we should design the competition area. Can we for example present a long term vision for the site, or should we just accept all the existing conditions (warriors, deteriorated buildings etc. ) and assume that they Weill remain the way they are today?

ANSWER
Two territories are distinguished in the Designing Programme of the Competition, namely, “the competition project area” and “the competition study area”.
In the competition entry, detailed architectural solutions must be developed for the buildings located in the competition project area, respecting the guidelines of the Designing Programme, as well as the master plan for the competition project area in scale 1: 200 with the ground-floor plans of the buildings.
As the TabFab territory is located in the territory having cultural heritage dating back to different periods of time, the proposal must be developed considering the context of the urban environment, respecting the nature/scale of the buildings located in the competition study area. Detailed architectural solutions should not be developed for the buildings located in the competition study area.
The sentence “Buildings outside the competition area should not be included in the master plan” was used to answer the question referring to the 3d model or architectural solutions for the buildings in the competition study area should not be elaborated in detail.


QUESTION No 18

– Designing the library, it is advised to locate it on the lowest floor due to the heavy load. Does it mean that the library can only be located on the semi-basement floor? Is the ground floor also permissible?

– What height of the ceiling is optimal for the intended use of the film pavilion in the future? The Designing Programme mentions minimum 4 m, which seems to be a very small height for filming functions?

– There are windows built in the firewall of the north façade of Building No. 1 adjoining a neighbouring plot of land. Is it possible to build additional windows in this façade?

– Can we offer solutions for the attic (e.g. for separate workshops) in areas where the environment is inaccessible for people with reduced mobility (as there is no lift)?

ANSWER
According to the Designing Programme, the library should be located on the ground floor, however, it may be located elsewhere when the rest of the requirements are observed, reflecting the participant’s idea.

Since the TabFab filming pavilion is intended for studying, the Designing Programme refers to the lowest permissible height (the height of the ceiling of the existing building No. 8 in the lowest part is ~4m, and ~5.50m in the highest part).

The firewall is a fire-proof wall, in which, according to the Building Standard LBN 201-15, it is allowed to build construction elements with a fire reaction class not lower than A1. It also should be taken into account that the construction of windows in the firewall must be approved by the owner of the neighbouring plot of land and a legal procedure must be carried out by making an entry of encumbrance in the Land Register.

Deviations from the building standard as regards accessibility of the environment must be aligned with the Construction Board. If the Construction Board accepts the deviation you have mentioned, such a solution is acceptable.


QUESTION No 19

1. Transformer building No. 9.
1.1 What will be its owners’ opinion if this building is pulled down and the function is relocated to a different building on the plot of land?
1.2 Should the delivery transport access be retained the way it is (with double doors facing Building No.1) or can the access be planned from other directions creating new openings?

2. Building No. 1
2.1 How is the delivery to Building No. 1 currently organised?
2.2 The vehicles of what dimensions are used to deliver stage props to the courtyard behind the building and which lifts are used most often?
2.3 The delivery of what types of materials is planned in the new programme?

3. Car parks.

3.1 Can the existing parking spaces on the adjoining plot of land (cad. No. 01000260017) be included in the total number of parking spaces?
3.2 Can the territory outside the plot of land be intended for parking spaces (parking spaces in the street?)
3.3 According to the building regulations in the historic centre (Clause 82.1, the number of parking spaces must not exceed 30% of the number of parking spaces specified in Clause 73 of the Regulations). Does it mean that we can design less than 35-36 parking spaces?

4. The adjoining structure, Building No. 5/No. 11

4.1 Historically, there has been a shed/overhang in the quarter between these two buildings and the neighbouring plot of land at Miera iela 56. Can we restore such a structure or design a new structure to fill up a space between the masonry fence and Building No 5/11?

ANSWER
1.1 It is not intended to demolish the transformer building and relocate the function during this construction stage.
1.2 The access of delivery transport must also be provided from the double-doors in the courtyard, opposite Buildings No. 3/4.

2.1 Delivery is organised using two cargo hoists.
2.2 Any vehicle the height of which does not exceed 3.50 m. Two cargo hoists are used to lift up props, which have 5m-high doors at the ground level.
2.3 Props, decorations, platform for spectators.

3.1 No.
3.2 It is not recommended because it is not the competition project area.
3.3 The number 35-36 is calculated taking into account the coefficient of the RHC.

4.1 This is up to you – the authors of the proposal.


QUESTION No 20

We have some questions in terms of requirements:
In the Design Programme – Point 12 (page 62): It says which mandatory technical and economic parameters to be included:
•Area of the plot of land – Question: Do you mean the m2 for the site? isn’t this the same as currently? As we can’t make the site bigger than it is now, can we?

Mandatory technical and economic parameters to be included for each building:
•Construction area – Do you mean footprint?
•Area of the surface floors of the building – Do you mean NETTO m2? (like shown in your “carpet” useful area diagram p. 63
•Total area of the basement floor – The semi basement level counts as a normal floor, correct? So do you mean the very small basement under building 1?
•Fire resistance rate of the building – Please elaborate? As we do not know the rules/classes of Latvia, but we know that our building will live up to standards for fire resistance.
•Economic parameters –
Please elaborate on what you expect to get from us in terms of economy. Do you want the approx. cost for each building based on the cost of the m2? So for example: Building 1: xxxx Euro
Do you have a schedule we should fill out? Do we put the number on the panels?

Also as we are Danish we know the building costs in Denmark, but we don’t know the cost of construction in Latvia. Could you let us know/give us some indication of/examples of construction cost pr m2 in Latvia? I.E. we think it is cheaper to build in Latvia, but we don’t know if it is 50%, 75% or less or more of the Danish Construction Cost.

ANSWER
Yes, it is the area of the plot of land (land unit), which is used as a reference for further calculations.

•The construction area is the sum of all areas occupied on the plot of land by buildings and structures except for underground structures, access roads and improvement and landscaping elements.

•The floor area is the sum of all levels of all floors of the buildings (except basements and attics) existing on the plot of land. The floor area shall be determined within the borders of the outer perimeter of each floor, including partition walls and loggias, but excluding balconies, terraces and naturally ventilated unheated double facades, external open stairs and architectural decorations (as shown in the scheme).

•The semi-basement floor in this case is partly located above the ground, partly in the basement level, therefore it is considered to be a basement floor.

•A fire resistance rate means the fire performance of the building which depends on the type of use of the structure, the floor level mark of the highest floor (storey), the area of the fire protection compartment, fire load of rooms, fire resistance of building structures and the fire reaction of the built-in construction elements. In the competition territory there are buildings of U1 and U2 fire resistance rate.

•The average construction costs in Latvia vary between 1200-1500 EUR/m² without VAT.


QUESTION No 21

We have a question regarding the visualisations, taking into account the main perspectives and vantage points.
You refer to appendix 7_1_0_marked_views_of_photo_fixation_for_photomontage
Do we have to use these images for our visualisations or can we use our own photographs?

ANSWER
You can use our own images for visualisations respecting/ taking into account the required vantage points.


QUESTION No 22

1. What is the purpose of the new filming pavilion? Is it meant to be a space for creating movies or a space for projecting movies?
2. Regarding the program for the buildings no.3, no.4 and the building no. 8 and the existing construction of them. Is it possible to demolish those buildings and rebuild them with keeping the same outline?
3. Could you please confirm that this is the correct address and postal code for submissions:
Valsts nekustamie ipasumi, Vaļņu iela 28, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

ANSWER
1. The filming pavilion is intended for study purposes, i.e. shooting of films. It is planned to adjust one of the existing halls for demonstration of films.
2. Buildings No. 3 and 4, as well as No. 5 and 11 have no cultural heritage value and they can be demolished and you may use this territory as you want. According to the Designing Programme, there must be a room without columns in Building No.8, and optimum sound insulation must be ensured. It is up to you how do deal with this task.
3. The correct address is: Valsts akciju sabiedrība
          „Valsts nekustamie īpašumi”,
          Vaļņu iela 28, Rīga, LV 1980, Latvija/LATVIA.
You should write on the package:
“The Sketch Design Competition “The Architectural Vision for the Complete Development of the TabFab Creative Quarter”, ID No. VNĪ/2018/7/2-3/MK-1 and the motto of your proposal.