Buss Areal – vom Industriestandort zum Stadtraum
1923
FROM "CHNOCHENSTAMPFI" TO "BREDELLA".

The area

In 1884, Albert Buss founded his firm Albert Buss & Cie in Basel. From 1893 onwards, he relocated the majority of manufacturing to Pratteln.

The Bredella neighbourhood planning encompasses the connected plots formerly occupied by Buss AG and Rohrbogen AG. The site is bordered by the streets Hohenrainstrasse to the north and Gallenweg to the east, the railway line to the south, and the streets Wasenstrasse and Salinenstrasse to the west.

In 1884, Albert Buss founded his firm Albert Buss & Cie in Basel. From 1893 onwards, he relocated the majority of manufacturing to Pratteln. Already in its early years, the company had a reputation as a "bone masher": Staff would slip into the enormous stamping machines, and falling beams would crush feet, as steel-capped boots were still a long way off. Nevertheless, the business flourished and played a major role in shaping Pratteln's industrial landscape.

In the end, there were around 1100 people working at Buss in Pratteln, many of whom would begin as trainees and work through to retirement. The oil crisis at the start of the 1970s brought about its downfall. In 1979, Georg Fischer AG from Schaffhausen took over the majority of Buss shares. The company was then divided according to its lines of business and each was sold separately.

The site itself, as real estate, has belonged to Hermann Alexander Beyeler since 2001. His company Buss Immobilien und Service AG manages the premises, where the history-steeped name Buss can also still be found today: Buss ChemTech AG is involved in industrial plant engineering and Buss AG manufactures co-kneaders. Today, both these businesses are tenants of Buss Immobilien und Service AG. Many other firms also reside on the premises. They all help to ensure that the Buss site, which is managed responsibly and with foresight, remains a well-functioning industrial and commercial park to this day.

Accordingly, and in keeping with the holistic and sustainable approach taken, individual solutions are being sought for the current tenants, to replace the existing tenancies. As a consequence, the vision on which the Bredella urban neighbourhood is based shall not be implemented all at once, but gradually, over a period of five to fifteen years.

Buss Immobilien und Service AG

Historical development
  • 1850
    Pratteln, the farming village. The railway line is not opened until 1854.
  • 1925
    Pratteln, the place of industry. Factories appear and grow.
  • 1970
    Pratteln is growing. Motorway access brings a boom to Pratteln.
  • 2018
    Pratteln is changing. The suburb becomes increasingly urban.

IMPRESSIONS