One month before the contractual deadline, the first stage works of Mezaparks Great Bandstand Phase B construction are put into operation
On Thursday, 21 May, the State Construction Control Bureau accepted the first stage works of Mezaparks Great Bandstand Phase B construction, as a result of which the new bandstand building and dome have been built as well as the adjacent infrastructure – security unit, engineering systems, surrounding roads and landscaping works.
Mezaparks Great Bandstand takes the form of the Silver Grove on the Hill of Songs as designed by architects Juris Poga and Austris Mailītis, with branched tree patterns and other metal structures made of 1,766.4 tons of metal. The unique structure is made of columns and trusses and reaches towards the sky up to 35.8 metres. There are 510 acoustic shields hung on the metal trusses. Therefore, the project is unique in Europe and truly complex, with an individual acoustic solution.
The new bandstand will accommodate 12,874 choir singers, which is almost twice as much as before as well as dancers on the expanded dance floor. After the reconstruction, the bandstand will be more convenient, accessible, and safe for the participants of the festival. The arrangement of steps and seats is especially well thought out – the steps are made of reinforced concrete structures, while the seats take the shape of removable wooden benches with a special protective layer. There is an adiabatic system installed in the bandstand, which will allow the singers to cool down in hot weather by cooling the heated air with the help of water mist.
The construction works of the premises of the Mezaparks Great Bandstand building will be completed in the final second stage of Phase B by December 2021, regarding which the Property Department of the Riga City Council announced a procurement procedure on 21 May.