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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are currently working on the following projects:
Lane Strategy for Glasgow City Council
A strategy for the development and management of the City Centre’s lanes
Three Towns Charrette, Ayrshire
Creating a long-term vision, strategy and action plan for Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston
Design Futures Festival
Feasibility study of a South East Ireland Design Futures Festival for DCCoI and Fáilte Ireland
Annan High Street Improvements
Working with local communities to strengthening the civic and commercial core of the town
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Working with Urban Animation (lead) and Nick Wright Planning, we prepared these Community Action Plans (CAPs) with Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society (CMWCS) and the Douglas St Bride’s Community Group (DSBCG). These organisations have an established record in supporting and leadingread more
Introduction In January 2016, Highland Council commissioned Alan Marshall Architect with WMUD to carry out a conservation area appraisal of Tain Conservation Area. The purpose of the study was to review Tain Conservation Area in the light of developments and changes...read more
One of Glasgow’s most famous institutions, the Barras was founded by James and Margaret McIver in the interwar years and developed into an important and popular area of covered market stalls and street traders. In the mid-20th century it was the place to go to in the city for a bargain and in many…read more
The “new community” of Erskine, dating from 1970, was originally conceived to have 30,000 residents with schools, community facilities, businesses, a harbour and a town centre. Forty-five years after the first houses were built, many elements of the original plan have materialised yet Erskine needs to continueread more
In March 2016 WMUD was part of a team led by Icecream Architecture, including Nick Wright Planning, tasked with delivering a Planning Charrette for Rothesay. Funding for this project was from the Scottish Government, SURF and Mount Stewart on behalf of the Bute Alliance for Action…read more
The Lennoxtown Town Centre Charrette was commissioned by East Dunbartonshire Council in Spring 2016 and sought to involve Community Planning partners as well as individuals and groups within the local community. WMUD were part of a team which was led by DPT Urban Design.read more
In April 2016 we supported a team led by DTP Urban Design which was commissioned by the Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council and supported by Perth and Kinross Council and its partner organisations to deliver the Blairgowrie and Rattray Town Centre Charrette. The purpose of the work was to …read more
In late 2015, I was invited by Daniel Tudor Munteanu to curate a three-week contribution to OfHouses a daily updated collection of old forgotten houses. OfHouses is approaching its fiftieth curation and has featured a fascinating range of buildings gathered together by some of the most interesting practitioners …read more
Summary: Angus Council commissioned a team led by the excellent Pidgin Perfect to deliver the Forfar Town Centre Charrette – Future Forfar. The town centre charrette was a series of creative conversations, activities and events exploring the future of Forfar Town centre. The Pidgin Perfect team was …read more