Biodiversity assessment

Determine the environmental situation of a site

Understanding the environmental conditions is crucial when planning eco-engineering interventions. Wave and current exposure, salinity, intertidal conditions, and other ecological factors significantly influence the success and effectiveness of any marine ecosystem restoration or enhancement project.

BlueCube conducts thorough site assessments to gain valuable insights into the specific conditions of the target area. These assessments help identify the challenges and opportunities associated with the site, allowing for the development of tailored and sustainable solutions.

Establish the biodiversity baseline

The biodiversity baseline is a critical foundation for eco-engineering projects, providing essential insights into the current state of biodiversity in a given area. By combining data from both natural shores and existing man-made structures, BlueCube can accurately assess the ecological richness and health of the environment.

Through identification and quantification of flora and fauna, BlueCube gains a comprehensive understanding of the species diversity present in the area. This information is invaluable in determining the enhancement potential of marine infrastructure projects and helps identify opportunities for ecological restoration.

Identifying endangered, rare, or introduced species is particularly important as it allows BlueCube to prioritise conservation efforts and address potential ecological imbalances caused by non-native species.

By establishing a clear biodiversity baseline, BlueCube can track changes over time and measure the success of their eco-engineering interventions. This data-driven approach ensures that their projects are evidence-based, effective, and contribute to the thriving of marine ecosystems while minimizing negative impacts.

Find scientific evidence

BlueCube’s commitment to scientific evidence and extensive experience in scientific research for over two decades demonstrates our dedication to ensuring that eco-engineering projects are grounded in sound ecological principles.

Participating in the eco-engineering research project Ecostructure and ongoing collaborative research with Swansea University showcases our active involvement in advancing the field and staying at the forefront of innovative solutions. By collaborating with other experts in the industry, we can exchange knowledge and contribute to the collective understanding of eco-engineering’s potential and limitations.

Using tools and evidence platforms like the web portal Conservation Evidence in our decision-making process further exemplifies our evidence-based approach. Conservation Evidence provides a wealth of scientifically validated information, enabling BlueCube to make well-informed choices and integrate proven ecological practices into projects.

By relying on scientific evidence and research-driven methodologies, BlueCube ensures that our eco-engineering interventions are not only effective but also sustainable and aligned with conservation goals.

Scan ecoengineering options

By conducting thorough site assessments, establishing the biodiversity baseline, and considering existing scientific evidence, BlueCube can create tailored and site-specific eco-engineering options that are both effective and sustainable.

The variety of eco-engineering techniques we employ, such as artificial reefs, vertical textured tiles, and rockpools, demonstrate our versatility in addressing different ecological challenges. Moreover, creating features that attract specific species can further contribute to the restoration and protection of marine habitats, supporting the natural balance of the ecosystem.


Eco-engineering design

At BlueCube we are designing eco-engineering features for aquatic infrastructure.

Design scalable ecoengineering options

Eco-engineering is a relatively new and evolving field that harnesses the principles of engineering and ecology to address environmental challenges. Many eco-engineering solutions have been initially explored in academic laboratory settings or through moderate field experiments to evaluate their feasibility and potential effectiveness.

At BlueCube, we take a proactive approach to advance the field of eco-engineering by upscaling and developing tested ideas into practical designs that can be applied on a larger scale. By transitioning from small-scale experiments to real-world applications, we aim to bridge the gap between research and practical implementation, making a tangible impact on marine ecosystems and aquatic infrastructure.

The upscaling process involves considering factors such as materials, construction techniques, durability, and cost-effectiveness, all while ensuring that the designs align with the unique environmental conditions of each site. Our goal is to create eco-engineering features that are not only effective in their ecological outcomes but also practical and feasible to implement on a broader scale.

Produce formliner/ moulds

BlueCube takes pride in being pre-cast manufacturers specialising in eco-engineering products made from bespoke formliners. Our expertise lies in designing and producing high-quality formliners tailored to unique specifications. For instance, we crafted a formliner inspired by a surface texture recommended by the Ecostructure project, ensuring ecological relevance.

Utilizing Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) casting, we can create intricate microstructures that mimic the delicate textures of shells or reefs. This enables us to develop richly textured eco-engineering products that harmoniously blend functionality with aesthetics. Additionally, we collaborate closely with clients to design custom formliners, addressing specific project requirements and optimizing environmental benefits.

Precast bespoke eco-engineering UHPC units

Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) is a versatile material suitable for challenging environments like marine applications and cold-weather exposures due to its exceptional durability. Its high load-bearing capacity allows for slender constructions that use less concrete and incorporate more recycled materials, rendering them cost-competitive compared to conventional concrete alternatives.

The low porosity of UHPC produces flawless surfaces capable of intricate detailing. Whether in the form of panels or novel concrete objects, UHPC’s free-flowing nature opens up a world of possibilities, offering the flexibility to deliver products tailored to precise specifications. Its unique combination of strength, durability, and aesthetic potential makes UHPC a game-changer in the world of eco-engineering and construction.




At BlueCube, our collaboration with our sister company, CubeX Industries Ltd, allows us to harness the full potential of Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) in eco-engineering projects. CubeX produces UHPC in Britain, sourcing the highest quality materials locally, ensuring environmental responsibility throughout the production process.

Compared to conventional concrete, UHPC offers a sustainable alternative, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and minimizing the consumption of natural resources. Its lower water/cement ratio enhances mechanical properties and durability, eliminating the need for steel rebar and reducing the risks of reinforcement corrosion. UHPC’s inherent strength and resistance to aggressive agents contribute to its longevity, with an expected life span of 200 years or more in demanding conditions.

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The fine-tuned microstructure of UHPC, achieved by balancing materials, results in exceptional strength and durability. It exhibits minimal shrinkage and creep risks, high resistance to abrasion and shock, and requires less concrete usage.

With UHPC as our building material of choice, BlueCube remains dedicated to providing eco-engineering solutions that prioritise sustainability, durability, and innovative design for a more resilient and environmentally conscious future.

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BlueCube is enthusiastic about supporting research that enhances our understanding and widespread implementation of marine eco-engineering solutions. Leveraging our expertise in academic ecological research and concrete manufacturing, we actively engage with projects that further knowledge and evidence in these domains.

Manufacturing CO2 reduced concrete

BlueCube is committed to a pivotal area of development: minimizing CO2 generation in concrete production without compromising the strength and durability of UHPC. Through collaboration with Swansea University Material Engineering, we rigorously assess novel concrete formulations. We support student initiatives, partnering with academics to foster innovative concepts, materials, and processes. This alliance underscores BlueCube’s dedication to advancing sustainable concrete solutions in tandem with academic excellence.

Monitoring Biodiversity Development

The efficacy of eco-engineering interventions is contingent on localities and environmental factors. Predicting and quantifying biodiversity gains through these measures proves challenging. Increased trials and published outcomes will refine our understanding. BlueCube is dedicated to advancing biodiversity research. We engage in dialogues within networks, collaborate with academic institutions to enhance ecological studies, and provide tailored monitoring programs. By actively contributing to the discourse and research, BlueCube strives to shape more informed decisions regarding suitable eco-engineering features for various ecosystems.


Stakeholder Management

Climate change and biodiversity loss are intricate and intertwined challenges, demand a holistic and collaborative approach transcending sectoral boundaries. Addressing these complex issues requires collective engagement, involving local communities, practitioners, businesses, policymakers, and interdisciplinary researchers. Co-generating knowledge within transdisciplinary teams necessitates specialized competencies, tools, and techniques. At BlueCube, we excel in orchestrating diverse stakeholders to forge a shared comprehension of eco-engineering endeavours.

Key to our stakeholder management are several fundamental elements:

  1. Effective Communication Strategies: Formulating strategies to foster open and transparent communication among stakeholders.
  2. Shared Conceptual Framework: Establishing a common understanding and framework to guide collaborative efforts.
  3. Collaborative Dialogue: Facilitating discussions that encourage collaborative problem-solving and innovative solutions.
  4. Collective Project Development: Co-creating projects, goals, outputs, and expectations in partnership.
  5. Continuous Reflection: Reflecting upon experiences to refine approaches and enhance outcomes.

BlueCube’s team has spearheaded stakeholder engagement in eco-engineering projects, exemplified by our leadership in the Ecostructure initiative. Our report on ‘Integrating Stakeholder Interests in Eco-Engineering Projects’ stands as a testament to our dedication in facilitating inclusive and impactful collaborations for the advancement of sustainable solutions.

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Community Engagement

Community engagement embodies the symbiotic exchange of knowledge and resources between an organisation and the broader community. This interaction occurs within a framework of partnership and reciprocity.

BlueCube is committed to elevating research, creative endeavors, and learning through such engagement. This commitment not only cultivates informed and involved citizens but also fortifies democratic values and civic duty. By addressing pertinent societal concerns, this approach contributes to the greater good, fostering cultural, recreational, and communal assets. Moreover, it plays a pivotal role in neighbourhood revitalization and fostering community well-being.

Organise community events

BlueCube is committed to involving every segment of the community, a task made challenging by the diverse demographics and varied social and economic backgrounds within communities. To overcome this, we organize a range of events and initiatives designed to appeal to a broad audience.

For instance, we make our presence felt at local markets, which are frequented by residents during their weekly shopping routine. At these markets, BlueCube shares information about eco-engineering projects and welcomes feedback and fresh ideas. We also facilitate personalised visits to projects with community leaders and actively collaborate with existing community groups.

To extend our outreach, we offer events that aren’t strictly focused on ecology. These inclusive events, such as art gatherings, are designed to engage residents who might not be naturally drawn to the natural environment. By employing a multifaceted approach, BlueCube strives to connect with and involve all members of the community, ensuring a more comprehensive and inclusive participation in our initiatives.


BlueCube’s team actively collaborates with local primary and secondary schools. During these interactions, we visit eco-engineering projects and talk about topics like sea-level rise, climate change, the importance of coastal and marine structures, and the effects of infrastructure on local biodiversity. We also introduce eco-engineering ideas to enhance local biodiversity and coastal wildlife.

During these visits, students and teachers get to experience eco-engineering solutions firsthand. They can touch the panels, observe the species that colonize them, and explore the intertidal area to discover local seaweeds, molluscs, and crustaceans. Our knowledgeable marine ecologists serve as experienced guides, offering insights.

The outcomes of these visits are noteworthy. Teachers and students gain heightened awareness of the local consequences of climate change and rising sea levels. They also grasp the concept of eco-engineering, which might even inspire them to come up with their own eco-engineering projects and designs. This hands-on approach to education fosters a deeper understanding of environmental challenges and solutions.