Motherwell, Ravenscraig and Wishaw Action Plan

15 November 2002 | blog, place making, small towns, strategy

Motherwell and Wishaw Action Plan - Panorama of the Ravenscraig Steel Works site

This report was commissioned by North Lanarkshire Council to provide context for consideration of an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the Ravenscraig site, including the creation of a new town centre.

The brief calls for a strategic view of the future roles of Motherwell and Wishaw town centres if a new town centre is developed at Ravenscraig, an action plan to achieve those roles, an outline work programme, with indicative costs, identification of funding sources and recommendations for a delivery mechanism for the action plan. The report sets out a strategy and outline action plan for the restructuring and regeneration of Motherwell and Wishaw town centres.

The report was commissioned by North Lanarkshire Council to provide context for consideration of an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the Ravenscraig site, including the creation of a new town centre. The brief to the consultants called for:

  • a strategic view of the future roles of Motherwell and Wishaw town centres if a new town centre is developed at Ravenscraig
  • an action plan to achieve those roles
  • an outline work programme, with indicative costs
  • identification of funding sources
  • recommendations for a delivery mechanism for the action plan

The report contains the proposed strategy and an outline action plan. We were not asked to comment on the Ravenscraig proposals, but only to address the implications for Motherwell and Wishaw if the proposals are implemented as set out in the application. In responding to the brief we have concluded that a response based exclusively on Motherwell and Wishaw town centres would be inadequate. We have therefore framed our proposals for the two centres in the context of an action plan for the wider urban area. This approach is in line with the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Structure Plan, which identifies Motherwell-Ravenscraig-Wishaw as a metropolitan flagship initiative.

The lead consultant for this study is yellow book with Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD, McLean Hazel and Turner & Townsend.

Outcomes: Strategic Framework

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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.