Lanark Town Centre: future directions and opportunities

Lanark Town Centre: future directions and opportunities

Lanark Community Development Trust Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD and Nick Wright Planning to undertake a study of Lanark town centre. The Trust wished to gauge how Lanark town centre functions and then to identify future directions and opportunities. Lanark Community Development Trust is …

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Kirkcudbright Harbour Square: a community endorsed plan

Kirkcudbright Harbour Square: a community endorsed plan

The Kirkcudbright Forum commissioned Willie Miller Urban Design (WMUD), Malcolm Fraser Architects and Nick Wright Planning in June 2009 to prepare a Shared Vision for Kirkcudbright Harbour Square. The purpose of the work was to produce a community endorsed plan for...

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Stromness: Urban Design Framework

Stromness: Urban Design Framework

WMUD were commissioned by Orkney Islands Council in March 2008 to produce a Stromness Urban Design Framework including an economic appraisal and strategy for the town. The purpose of the urban design framework was to provide a strategic overview which would coordinate...

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Knockroon: a new neighbourhood and mixed use community

Knockroon: a new neighbourhood and mixed use community

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. The Prince’s Foundation see Knockroon as being an exemplar neighbourhood …

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Stephen Gill: Edgeland and the Olympics

Stephen Gill: Edgeland and the Olympics

As a follow on from the post here almost two years ago entitled Terrain Vague: place and landscape and Stephen Gill’s photographic work in the Lower Lea Valley, this video which has been around for a few months on Vimeo, draws attention to the destruction of land, common land, and …

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Inverness City Vision: dealing with rapid growth and change

Inverness City Vision: dealing with rapid growth and change

Inverness has been one of the fastest growing cities in Europe in the last few years. A look at how the plan of the city has developed over the last 100 years shows a dramatic change in the shape and extent of the city. However, just as Inverness has attracted attention for its rapid …

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Tornagrain and the New Scottish Urbanism

Tornagrain and the New Scottish Urbanism

Proposals for a new settlement at Tornagrain are the subject of an outline planning application to Highland Council following a two year gestation period of analysis, charettes and plan making. The proposal, submitted by Moray Estates and designed by a team led by DPZ …

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Thank you Private Eye and Piloti: angry but wrong

Thank you Private Eye and Piloti: angry but wrong

It is said that you have really made it when you are mentioned in Private Eye. WMUD received that dubious honour in Private Eye No 1243, September 2009 with a credit in Nooks and Corners for some master planning work we allegedly carried out in the town of Nelson, Lancashire.

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Shrewsbury Vision: facilitating a shared future

Shrewsbury Vision: facilitating a shared future

Shrewsbury is a recognised Growth Point with plans for 6,000 new homes plus new economic infrastructure by 2026. The changed relationships arising from local government reorganisation – whereby Shrewsbury now falls under the administration of the single tier…

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Dunfermline Strategic Framework – a landscape for growth?

Dunfermline Strategic Framework – a landscape for growth?

Commissioned by Fife Council, the context of the strategic framework study is the finalised Fife Structure Plan, which plans for Fife’s growth to 2026. A cornerstone of the Plan strategy is to accommodate much of Fife’s land requirements for housing and employment growth…

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Rotherham Waterways Strategy: conservation and quality of life

Rotherham Waterways Strategy: conservation and quality of life

The Rotherham Waterways Strategy was commissioned and funded jointly by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Environment Agency who appointed a consultant team led by Yellow Book to carry out the study. The purpose of the study was to provide a framework for...

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Glasgow City Centre North: examining strategic choices

Glasgow City Centre North: examining strategic choices

The study was commissioned by Glasgow City Council and carried out by a consultant team led by Yellow Book (lead), Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD, Ryden and Meg Clark Associates. The original brief called for an economic study of the Glasgow City Centre North area....

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Belfast Integrated Strategic Tourism Framework

Belfast Integrated Strategic Tourism Framework

Belfast has seen a phenomenal growth in tourism in the past decade and has moved to a position where it is in Tourism Ireland terms the number two destination in Ireland. The city has seen a range of accommodation developed over a short period and major attractions...

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Kensal Canalside: a potential EcoQuarter

Kensal Canalside: a potential EcoQuarter

This was a pre-feasibility study into the creation of a potential EcoQuarter at North Kensal commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in April 2008. It explored whether the Council’s current vision for the site – comprising placemaking regeneration, sustainability and …

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Spatial strategy and Finsbury Health Centre

Spatial strategy and Finsbury Health Centre

In a Guardian article this week, French journalist Jacques Monin came to the conclusion that Britain is obsessed with money, drowning in debt and morally bankrupt. Also this week, as if to supply further evidence for Monsieur Monin, Islington Primary Care Trust voted...

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Retaining local distinctiveness: an elusive concept

Retaining local distinctiveness: an elusive concept

Local distinctiveness has been described as an elusive concept which encompasses the unique physical, social and economic characteristics of a place and the interaction of people with those characteristics. There is increasing concern that the homogenising effect of the property …

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South Belfast Strategic Regeneration Framework

South Belfast Strategic Regeneration Framework

A team led by Hyder Consulting was appointed by the South Belfast Partnership (SBP) to undertake the development of a Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) for South Belfast. The Hyder Team included the following practices: Kevin McGovern - Strategy Development Colin...

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