Willie Miller Urban Design is a Glasgow based practice focusing on the broad range of activities that shape our built environment

we bring together skills in strategic and urban design, community planning and place making

we use these to develop engaging and collaborative processes with public agencies, charities and communities to create better environments

what we do

conceptual, strategic and development work in urbanism, community plans, strategic design, tourism, heritage and spatial planning

with whom

communities, agencies and individuals who provide value to civic society through improving quality of life, economy and environment

where

from city regions, sub-regions, cities, towns and neighbourhoods to rural areas and countryside, villages, hamlets, sites, plots and gardens

how

we work across the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, geography, landscape, economics, social sciences, ecology and public health

core themes

strategy first

Regardless of scale, every plan or project needs to have a strategic purpose – why is it being considered, how will it perform, what is its function and context, what are the benefits of doing it? This is as relevant for a regional plan as for a town centre or small civic space. Developing appropriate strategies is a key part of our work on every project.

Clarkston Charrette

working with communities

Developing positive ideas for change through working with residential, business and institutional communities is central to our work. We approach our work with distinct principles and methods but without preconceived ideas of outcomes. Our work in Glasgow, across Northern Ireland and in many other places embodies this.

Kirkwall Placemaking Proposals

restructuring the civic realm

Every city, town or village has a network of civic assets that should be cherished, improved and sometimes re-invented. These might range from public buildings, parks, transport nodes or civic spaces to bus stops and benches. We can help communities to develop networks of these riches into catalysts for change.

Buckie Renewables Industry

working with industry

Industry and renewables are critical components of Scotland’s future. We have worked recently with public agencies and the private sector on practical projects for the future, including a renewables pier development framework at Stromness, a proposed O+M base at Buckie and a new industry park at Dalgety Bay.

Approach to Academy Street, Inverness

new approaches to streets

We have worked on alternative approaches to street design since 2004 in Renfrew town centre. With the Scottish Government’s Designing Streets advice, many Councils and communities are keen to change the way streets are used while others are hesitant. Our work in Kirkwall, Leven and Inverness represents positive change.

Proposals for Broad Street, Kirkwall

working with heritage

We work to make the most of heritage assets, especially through Townscape Heritage projects most recently in Stranraer, Kirkwall, Fraserburgh and Inverness. We look particularly at the street design aspects of this work, providing a more comfortable pedestrian environment and a better setting for important buildings.

recent work

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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