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Slovenian firms building scenery warehouse for Bavarian State Opera

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Munich, Germany
A ceremony marking the end of the construction of the roof of the scenery warehouse for the Bavarian State Opera, where the Slovenian engineering company Riko is the principal contractor.
Photo: Aleš Osvald/STA

The Bavarian State Opera is renovating and expanding its scenery warehouse. The principal contractor is the Slovenian engineering company Riko, which has hired a number of other Slovenian companies for the project.

Riko has been awarded the contract to supply and install the steel structure of the entire building, including the roof and facade, and to supply and install special steel storage racks for scenery containers with an automatic control system.

The Riko contract is worth more than €15 million, while the entire project, including the purchase of land and other construction work, is worth €35 million.

Representatives of the government of the state of Bavaria marked the end of the roof construction work at a ceremony earlier this week in Poing near Munich, where the renovated and expanded warehouse is located.

Installation work as well as work to connect the new facilities with the existing warehouse system, and integrate and expand the IT system for warehouse management are also under way.

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024, and Riko will also be tasked to maintain the system for four years following its completion.

State Minister for Housing, Construction and Transport Christian Bernreiter said the project was of exceptional importance for Bavaria.

"Unique stage decorations are being made and stored in Poing, and the extension will make it possible for all opera decorations to be stored in one place," he said.

Bernreiter is happy that Slovenian companies participate in the project. "Economic cooperation between Slovenia and Bavaria is excellent, and such projects are only an upgrade," he said.

Riko director Janez Škrabec said that Germany was one of the first West European markets that the company had entered "so participating in this project is so much more important."


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