(Please note that we have taken the block work design, drawn up by a resident, and set them on a photo of the neighbourhood. The colour and pattern is illistrutive since it is difficult to match the texture and colour of the blocks precisely.)
Having gone away with some areas to focus on further, I have the below comments/ideas for you to consider:
1) Blockwork for traffic ‘tables’
Listening to a number of comments over the central table where the herringbone schema was to be realised, I became aware that a consensus for a ‘random’ patterning system was the preference (as opposed to lines or graphic forms). Such a layout would perhaps be more in keeping with the surrounding housing stock (and to some extent population). And given this is a residential area, opinions suggested a ‘municipal’ floor plan might be best avoided.
To that end, I have played around with a design, taking in to account the mechanised brick-laying devise, and its quota of bricks applied at each ‘visit’. Using primarily the light and dark grey, with a periodic addition of orange, I have arrived at a repeating form, which results in a semi-chaotic brick surface. Such a design should age well, and allow for easy replacement of worn/broken bricks within the overall scheme.
I wonder if the actual ramp structure (for entering the table) could be constructed from the paler bricks – so as to be visible to the approaching vehicle.
What do residents think of these designs and patterns?