Vertipools

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These artificial rockpools offer a simple and versatile solution for delivering ecological gains on defended coasts and across the urban marine environment.

The Vertipool system is modular and fits any hard infrastructure; it has been used successfully on sea walls, timber groynes, concrete beams, gabions and sheet piling. The units fit with conservation objectives for SAC, SPA, Ramsar, MCZ and SSSI and provide an effective adaptation to the challenge of sea-level rise. They are cast in high-performance concrete and then hand-finished to provide the surface complexity and ecological design to suit the host environment. This innovative solution delivers significant ecological enhancement to sea defences, ports, marinas and harbours and is a cost-effective way to boost biodiversity and build ecological interest.

Vertipools have been evaluated by Bournemouth University through the work of Dr. Alice Hall on the ecology, and ecological enhancement, of artificial coastal structures. We continue to work on new designs and models for biologically favourable built environments and nature-based solutions to coastal squeeze.