Project Overview

The eco-engineering project 'Settlers of Porthcawl' marked a significant milestone with the installation of 227 textured panels at the base of the iconic breakwater. This ambitious project involves the testing of ten distinct textures, including some specifically designed for this site. Additionally, three different concrete mixtures have been employed to assess their suitability for colonisation by shore creatures.

This comprehensive experiment showcases BlueCube's commitment to exploring innovative solutions that enrich biodiversity and enhance coastal ecosystems. By incorporating a variety of textures and concrete mixes, 'Settlers of Porthcawl' aims to provide valuable insights into the most effective eco-engineering approaches for this unique coastal environment."

Technical specifications


Sqm: 76sqm


Mould Pattern:  CUSTOM

Total Tiles:  227

UHPC Panel Supply: CubeX Industries Ltd

Installation:  CubeX Industries Ltd/ BlueCube

UHPC Panel Size / Weight: Hexagon 250mm / 5 kg

Installation Method: Chemical (MAPEI Adesilex P9) and Mechanical (SS screw) fix

Timescales: Manufacturing – 42 days, Installation – 4 days

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