Leven Town Centre – Concept Design Study

Fife Council appointed a WMUD team with Yellow Book Ltd and Janet Benton Landscape Architecture (now Benton Scott-Simmons) to undertake a study of Leven town centre. The study requirements set out in the brief specified, ‘the preparation of concept designs to upgrade...

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Port Dundas Planning Charrette, Glasgow

This is the story of the Port Dundas Charrette held on 12-14 March 2014 at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow as seen through the eyes of social media. It was supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council. The team was led by Kevin Murray Associates and Peter Brett Associates …

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Ecology and maths: generating the hyper-habitat

During 2013 we used network analysis on a number of projects including Mapping the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland as well as in town centre proposals for Leven and Dumbarton which will be written up later. We have also used mathematical formulae on urban design...

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Mapping the Crafts Sector: launch of crafts sector reports

News item: Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D., launched two reports that outline recommendations for significantly developing the craft sector in Ireland which provides vital employment in local economies throughout the country and generates an output …

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Derry City Walls: a social spaces strategy

The aim of the Project is to fully explore the contested history that the City Walls represent and to celebrate Derry City Walls as a present-day, international, national and local heritage asset, with the potential to unite rather than separate people. The Project seeks to deliver on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s objectives …

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Mapping the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland

In October 2012, WMUD  was appointed together with Yellow Book and Drew Mackie by a consortium of five Local Development Companies and the Crafts Council for Ireland to carry out a cultural mapping study of the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland – West Cork, Ballyhoura…

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The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2013

For the last two years, I have published a daily image on Tumblr under the banner of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud. This started out as a collection of images that I wanted to keep for easy reference – a sort of Pinterest before its time – but I developed a curiosity about the popularity of certain images …

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Strathaven Town Centre – Design Principles and Proposals

We were appointed, together with RankinFraser Landscape Architects, Hamilton-Baillie Associates and Peter Drummond Architects, to develop the ideas set out in the 2010 study of Strathaven Town Centre by Kevin Murray Associates. The work was commissioned by the Rural …

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ICBAN Regional Strategic Framework

In September 2011, KPMG were appointed by the Irish Cross Border Area Network (ICBAN) to prepare a Regional Strategic Framework. The team included Colin Stutt Consulting, WMUD, Ecorys and Raymond Burke Consulting. WMUD was responsible for the spatial aspects of the analysis and strategy.

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Signature Project – Brodick Castle Masterplan

In December 2012 a consortium led by Kevin Murray Associates was appointed by the National Trust for Scotland to undertake masterplanning consultancy services in relation to Signature Project Brodick, a major project being developed for the NTS estate as a whole on Arran.

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A New Industry Park for Dalgety Bay in Fife

In December 2012, Fife Council commissioned a consultant team led by yellow book with WMUD, Ryden and Nick Wright Planning to produce a regeneration masterplan for the Hillend & Donibristle Industrial Estate (HADIE). The Council’s brief noted that HADIE, like a...

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Towards a Management Plan for Castle Woods, Helensburgh

Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group is an active community organisation that aims to manage local woodlands for community benefit. It was established in 2004 by a group of local residents concerned at the potential loss of nearby woodland to housing development....

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Le pôle automobile de Givors – from car sales to civic economy

As part of the INTA Panel reflections of the future of the Givors-Grigny south-west pole of the Grand Lyon metropolitan area, we developed the idea of nodes within the city area which could have multiple roles. This was demonstrated in part using the example of the Autopôle at Givors developing an …

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Grand Lyon and a strategy for the future of Givors

Cities and their metropolitan areas are at a crossroads – most have ambitions to continue in a growth trajectory and seek to accommodate this either through urban sprawl or by becoming denser. The theory is that more concentrated territories offer more efficiency in…

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All your station are belong to us: Hillhead Subway Station

This article was originally published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) Magazine. The completion of refurbishment works at Hillhead Subway Station by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is the first result of an improvement…

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Towards Healthy Sustainable Neighbourhoods

Urban planning has long been associated with people’s health. The origins of British planning lie in the squalid and insanitary conditions that were rife in the rapidly expanding Victorian industrial cities. Mass access to clean water, sewerage, good housing and communal recreation space …

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The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2012

For the last four years, I have published a daily image on Tumblr under the banner of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud. This started out as a collection of images that I wanted to keep for easy reference – a sort of Pinterest before its time – but I developed a curiosity about the popularity of certain images …

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