Knockroon: a new neighbourhood and mixed use community

11 December 2009 | blog, neighbourhood, place making, small towns, working with communities

Knockroon - as built
Willie Miller Urban Design was commissioned to coordinate and submit an outline planning application on behalf of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (TPFBE) for Knockroon near Cumnock in Ayrshire.
Knockroon Landscape Strategy
The Prince’s Foundation see Knockroon as being an exemplar neighbourhood for Cumnock, East Ayrshire and indeed for Scotland – it is already part of the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. Knockroon will be a walkable, mixed use community of 770 residential units with associated shops, workplaces, infrastructure, commercial space, community facilities and greenspace. Employment uses will include small workshops and offices for start-up businesses, retail and skills training in association with Kilmarnock and Ayr Community Colleges.
Knockroon analysis of regional and local building typologies
The design for Knockroon has been drawn from a number of sources. The Prince’s Foundation were inspired by the rich architectural and town making tradition of Ayrshire and developed a palette of street, building and landscape types to draw from during the Enquiry by Design. The Prince’s Foundation team worked alongside a number of Scottish architects and the local community to produce a masterplan that reflects regional and local vernacular traditions and materials.

The Outline Planning Application was approved in December 2009. WMUD coordinated a team including Jacobs (EIA), WSP (traffic and movement), HG Planning (planning support) and Nick Wright Planning (consultation).

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.