Make sure your construction project is on solid ground

Most of the hazardous substances contaminating the ground are invisible. If contaminated earth is removed, such as during a construction project, the law demands that the soil is either recycled in an environmentally responsible manner or disposed of correctly.

Substances harmful to the environment and human health are often found in current or former industrial facilities or near roads and railway lines. Pesticides and fertilisers may also contaminate the soil. The same is true of rapidly proliferating non-native plant species (invasive neophytes). These threaten native plant life and damage biodiversity. They may also damage buildings and create issues for agriculture and forestry.

As a property owner or developer, do you think you have spotted signs of contamination? Would you like us to investigate your suspicions and avoid unpleasant surprises?


Depending on the issue, our environmental specialists can provide the following support services:

  • Planning and conducting soil sampling

  • Analysis of soil samples in a certified external laboratory

  • Preparing usage recommendations

  • Monitoring and documenting the removal of contaminated earth during construction projects and supervising its excavation

  • Surveying and monitoring neophytes; evaluating and designing control measures

Your contact in German-speaking Switzerland:

Lars Schudel Senior project manager: Contaminated sites and environmental planning
Certified Geographer +41 44 839 47 40 More

Melanie Vögtli Project Manager: Contaminated sites
MSc Environmental Engineering, ETH (Federal Institute of Technology) +41 44 839 47 71 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