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Anchored in Switzerland and internationally active, WALO is managed as a family business in the 4th and 5th generation. For over 100 years, WALO has focused on the combination of consistency and innovation.


What we do

WALO is active as an innovative total solutions company in all markets of the construction industry. The family-owned company has established itself as a reliable partner in the construction industry and infrastructure projects in Switzerland and worldwide with its decades of experience and the permanent development of sustainable as well as economical solutions.



We have successfully implemented many challenging projects. Therefore, we proudly let our references speak for our work.



Whether residential, industrial, healthcare, outdoor or for sports and leisure facilities - seamless floor coverings have to meet a wide variety of requirements on a permanent basis.



Good buildings and thus satisfied customers require precise construction work. All our employees, from unskilled workers to engineers, play a key role in ensuring that we achieve this goal time and time again.


Ecological fills - Flood protection Rhine

Reused gravel fill from the Rhine for ecological enhancement of riparian areas, stabilization of existing riparian structures, and protection from bank erosion.

Project description

In the bank area of the Rhine between the Black Forest Bridge and the Wettstein Bridge, the Rhine gravel obtained from the ancillary project "Correction of the Navigation Channel" is to be reused in the form of gravel fills. On the one hand, these will enable the ecological upgrading of the riparian areas by creating new spawning grounds and fish habitats. On the other hand, they stabilize the existing bank obstructions and protect them from bank erosion. Initially, securing measures such as groynes and islands were installed and the works pipelines were extended. After filling and coarse modeling, fine modeling and structural measures (sturgeon stones, fascines, cuttings) followed.


Special features

The in-water work had to be completed by the end of January 2019 because the fish protection period began. Due to very confined space conditions at the transfer point, high demands were placed on the logistics. The work was carried out using floating equipment and required extensive intermediate transportation over water. The material was delivered just-in-time and a total of 17,700m3 of gravel was placed in 7 sections. In order to prevent loose gravel material from being immediately clogged up again by turbidity and mud, the backfilling work had to be carried out in the direction of flow. In addition, the changing water levels of the Rhine influenced the construction site.


Walo Bertschinger AG
Bächliackerstrasse 10
4402 Frenkendorf


Hydraulic Engineering

Building sum
CHF 3.4 Mio.
Building and Transport Department Ct. Basel-Stadt
Construction management
Holinger AG Engineering Company
Tessinstrasse 12
4054 Basel
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