The Arenal Beach Promenade is one of Xabia´s landmarks, a crescent-shaped, approximately 626 m length, variable width (mostly 11.5 m) and 9205 square meters promenade. The renovation of existing public promenade achieves environmental quality, creating permeability zones with improved access and pavement, maintaining existing flush as a condition, and replacing lighting and street furniture. The project acts on elements of existing concrete floor pavement, removing the edge of concrete slab, and the prefabricated benches.
The criterion for acting has been to achieve integration of designed urban landscape elements in their natural surroundings, using surroundings’ texture and color: natural materials like stone and wood, and continuous pavement geometry. For use and protection needs, the perimeter of the beach is topped with a continuous edge piece, composing an interrupted natural stone slabs bench, offering different design alternatives to use in their relationship with the walk itself, or with the beach, to be used as seating and as a barrier to the entry of sand and seaweed from the beach. Access to the beach is located in the openings created by the design of the benches, and ramps are solved by surfaces made of acacia wood. Lighting is solved by 9 meter energy efficient LED lampposts every 20-25 meters, set back from the edge of the promenade, while preserving a visual barrier and the sea views.
Ceramic piece: The pavement has been solved with a piece of porcelain tiles designed by architects specifically for this work. The enamelled hexagonal tile, 12.8 mm thick and 40 cm in diameter, serves the required use needs (B-type for intense traffic loads, tensile flection strength 5500N, wear resistance H6 and slipperiness class 3). Combining placement and position, a unique triangular frame mosaic is set. This hexagonal form, together with the integrated treatment of all joints, -all the same width and hue- allows you to create a continuous frame adapting to the irregular geometry of the promenade.
Department of Infrastructures of the Regional Government of Valencia
Manuel Lillo Navarro
Emilio Vicedo Ortiz
Asociación de Ingenieros S.L. (Engineering)
Rover Alcisa S. A.
Construred Obras y Servicios S. A.
Arenal Beach, Javea, Spain