Leitrim Tourism Development: baseline analysis

Leitrim Development Company as part of a team led by EMcG Solutions in association with TTC International and RPD to complete in depth research and analysis of the tourism sector in County Leitrim to establish a comprehensive baseline from which to measure change …

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Energetica Corridor: Placemaking Guidance

Commissioned by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of the Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum, the purpose of the Energetica Placemaking Guidance is to translate the Energetica Vision of transforming the coastal zone from Aberdeen to Peterhead into a high class...

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Investment Plan

WMUD was commissioned by Arch, the Northumberland Development Company to produce a series of drawings to accompany the Berwick Plan: a 5-10 year investment plan for property development and public realm improvements in the historic centre of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Haddington Town Centre: a Long Term Vision

The Haddington Town Centre Vision project is a good example of people working together for the good of their town. It is the result of cooperation between four local community groups – Haddington Community Council, Haddington and District Amenity Society, Haddington Business Association …

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Biggar – an asset-based approach to community development

This study was commissioned as part of the South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership’s Market Towns Initiative. The team was led by Kevin Murray Associates with WMUD, Nick Wright Planning, Hamilton Baillie Associates and VivID. This Initiative focuses on the four rural market towns of Biggar, Carluke …

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An Action Plan for Maryhill Town Centre

This Maryhill Town Centre Action Plan was produced during 2010-2011 by Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services with support from Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership and a consultancy team including Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD, Nick Wright Planning and MVA.

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SWARD: Maghera Integrated Village Plans

We were appointed by Magherafelt District Council as part of a team led by Venturei Network to develop a series of proposals for rural settlements including Upperlands, Castledawson, Culnady, Tamlaght and Maghera – the Maghera Integrated Village Plans. SWARD is one of seven clusters…

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The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2011

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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SWARD: Dungannon Integrated Village Plans

We were appointed by Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council as part of a team led by Rural Development Council and the Venturei Network to develop a series of proposals for seven rural settlements namely Aughinduff, Aughnacloy, Augher/Clogher, Ballygawley,...

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The Last Icon – Glasgow’s Riverside Museum

This article was originally published in a slightly shorter form in the autumn 2011 issue of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) Magazine.  All photographs were taken by my friend  Jon-Marc Creaney (@scarpadog), owner of GCA Architecture and Design...

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Kilmarnock Integrated Urban Development Plan

The Kilmarnock Integrated Urban Development Plan was commissioned by the Make it Kilmarnock Board in the autumn of 2010, and funded by East Ayrshire Council and Diageo. Its focus was on the central area of the town, in and around the town centre, and including the Diageo site.

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SWARD: Cookstown Integrated Village Plans

We were appointed by Cookstown District Council as part of a team led by Rural Development Council and the Venturei Network to develop a series of proposals for rural settlements including Coagh, Moneymore, Pomeroy, Stewartstown and The Rock – the Cookstown Integrated …

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Glasgow’s M74 Extension – a view from the road?

More than ten years into the 21st century it feels strange to be writing about a new urban motorway but just such an entity was opened to traffic in Glasgow in June 2011. The motorway connects the M74 from Carmyle to Tradeston and Kinning Park then to the M8 heading for Glasgow Airport…

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Health facilities and development planning

WMUD were appointed by Architecture and Design Scotland as part of the Inverness City Vision study to carry out a mapping exercise looking at the effect of local development planning approaches on the healthcare estate. – the integration of health facilities and development planning.

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Orkney Futures: New Futurism and the death of nostalgia

The idea that the future was exciting took hold in Orkney half a century ago, some years before the islands lost their World Heritage Site status. Around that time, Orkney experienced a growth in trading and super-technology and in common with the rest of an independent Scotland

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Mirror Land: Mirror Van, Mirror Me – after Don Van Vliet

I’m wondering why I find this so interesting – this glistening caravan. It looks as though a mysterious, Tardis-like object has suddenly appeared at Brodgar. But then why does it suit the landscape so well? It’s just a box with wheels. Does the box have mirrored sides, or is the countryside simply painted on?

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Glenrothes Town Centre Action Plan: a long term vision

In February 2010, Glenrothes Area Committee approved a process which would lead towards the development of a Glenrothes Town Centre Action Plan. Fife Council created an internal cross service project team and appointed Yellow Book, WMUD and Nick Wright Planning to prepare an action plan…

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Bordeaux Métropole 3.1: design at a metropolitan scale

In late 2010, INTA (International Urban Development Association) travelled to Bordeaux where they had been invited by Vincent Feltesse, the President of the Communité Urbaine de Bordeaux, La CUB, to organise an international panel to reflect on a long range vision for Bordeaux

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