Block Work Pattern – Resident Suggestion

Orange/Yellow Block

Red Block

Grey Block

(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?

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11 Responses to Block Work Pattern – Resident Suggestion

  1. Jen says:

    I think the small splashes of colour in the first design really help to make the pattern stand out much more than the simple grey and black, and would probably be more startling to motorists.

  2. sara brown says:

    really like the random pattern. slight pref of red over yellow

  3. We received these comments from a resident via email:

    1. First thought ‘wow is that too busy?’ Will it be too much ? Then wondered if once the blockwork is dirty – it will sit better in the street. It may work if just 2 colour or see next comment.

    2. The pattern could be simplified but because of the size of pattern we have to design, the effect will still be busy unless there are some plain one colour templates used aswell. Is that possible? This would mean the clockwork pattern less overpowering.

    3. Could we have plain edging to the raised platform? Finishing off the shape well will make alot of difference.

    4. If there are going to be double yellow lines near the raised platform I suggest no yellow or red tiles within. It would be too confusing.

  4. veronica says:

    Looking at this again today I like the pattern more than yesturday. It will definately make our area striking and hopefully slow the traffic because drivers take more care. The question of 2 or 3 colours depends on what else is happening traffice /sign wise in the space. Personally red may work better than yellow because of association with yellow lines. Sustrans will need to advise. I would like to know if the original cobbles at edge of Langham Parade and Graham Road are staying? Can they be the edging between raised table and road surface if they stay? If they are removed this may cause concern to historians and residents. Sustrans can you reply?

  5. The block work in that particular area at Langham Parade is flush to the road surface not raised like in other areas. However, the block work can be kept at the entrance to Graham Rd – there would need to be a flush “kerb” buffer between the cobbles and block work to ensure that the blocks are held tightly into place. I am keen to keep it since it is an important piece of the neighbourhoods history.

  6. In terms of yellow lines – there will be yellow lines going down in that area of Langham Parade, although these would be kept to a minimum and we will hopefully be using the thinner 50mm width line often seen in conservation areas. I agree that there may be some confusion between the lines and yellow blocks. Thoughts?

  7. Stuart Bourne says:

    I love this pattern proposal, it is refreshing and feels more like an external carpet or rug instead of a usual herringbone pattern.
    Personally I prefer the grey only no colour option as it feels like a contemporary cobble which will tone with the existing cobbles and granite kerbs.
    It would be good to know the techinical requirements if we have to paint road markings over the top of the new surface.
    Regarding Langham Parade, I notice that the kerbs are very shallow which often suffer drainage problems, will the new road surface / raised table be higher than the pavement?
    BTW I spoke to the owner of Cafeteria who is excited about the project, she is interested to know if her external terrace space could be integrated/improved with the public realm eg. if we are repaving the broken pavement could this surface also be used on her terrace?

    • veronica says:

      Stu – good idea to see if Cafeteria can have her terrace re-paved. It looks a mess at present. Also feel no colour option as yellow lines will be included.Would like to see edging border. Sustran is this included?

  8. OM says:

    I like the random pattern and my preference is for the grey block option. My personal opinion is the less obtrusive the better since it is covering such a large area and will appear on almost every corner in the neighbourhood.

  9. Hi – Just to let you all know that we have spoken to the council and we are going to approach the cafe owner to see if they are interested in having their patio repaved – if they have the work carried out at the same time as Langham Parade it can be done quite cheaply. I will be speaking to her this week.
    The road surface at Langham parade will not be raised – the asphalt will be excavated and then replaced with the block work. Any drainage issues will be addressed.
    We are still ascertaining just how many yellow lines we will be required to have in place – we are hoping for as few as possible. Once we have a better idea, absolutely we can get them on the images.


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