Gain planning security

Are you planning a construction project or taking over a property? Contaminated sites pose particular challenges. The first step is to establish the prec

Developers are required to separate and dispose of contaminated material in accordance with the law. We will assess the environmental risk and jointly evaluate the appropriate action to be taken.
Our comprehensive advice on contaminated sites brings together our specialist expertise and our knowledge of the regulatory procedures and legal aspects. Ecosens is a member of arv Baustoffrecycling Switzerland’s Professional Association of Contaminated Site Consultants.

Our services:

  • Advice and clarifications in relation to entries in the “Register of Contaminated Sites”
  • Assistance relating to issues of ground contamination
  • Historical and technical investigation of properties
  • Planning and carrying out of pre-investigations and detailed investigations (sampling) in cooperation with specialist drilling companies and laboratories
  • Preparing risk assessments and evaluating the urgency of decontamination measures
  • Estimating costs arising from contamination
  • Developing decontamination plans, planning and carrying out work to decontaminate soil and groundwater
  • Site management of contaminated sites
  • Legal advice in complex questions of liability and for drafting contracts
  • Determining the appropriate allocation of costs between the public and private sectors (determining costs)
  • Communication and mediation between stakeholders (owners, authorities, lenders)

Your contact in German-speaking Switzerland:

Michael Rüffer Partner, divisional manager for contaminated sites
Dipl. Phil.II, Geologist, Hydrogeology CHYN +41 44 839 47 81 More

Your contact in French-speaking Switzerland:

Stefan Fuchs Partner, Fribourg branch manager
Diploma in Geological Sciences BENEFRI UniFR Geologist CHGEOL +41 26 422 39 55 More

Case studies

Former Ilford site, Marly, historical and technical preliminary assessment in accordance with the Contaminated Sites Ordinance (CSO)

From 1980 until 2013, Marly was home to a cutting-edge factory producing film and photographic paper. Owing to the site's industrial past, it was deemed to require further investigation and was entered in the Register of Contaminated Sites. Ecosens carried out a historical survey of the site.