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


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


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.

current work

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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clients and project locations

who we have worked with and where

recent work

Muirkirk Village, Ayrshire: project development programme

Muirkirk Enterprise Group (MEG) and Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire have commissioned a programme of project development for Muirkirk Village in East Ayrshire. The consultancy team is Willie Miller Urban Design and Planning, Shared Intelligence and Neil Baxter Associates.

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The character of Fish Quay, Tynemouth

In March 2001, North Tyneside Council commissioned a team, led by EDAW, to prepare a regeneration strategy and master plan for the historic quarter of Fish Quay, adjacent to North Shields town centre. The study brief required the consultants to produce a physical master plan with programmes and projects…

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Dungannon Regeneration: a medium and long-term strategy

In April 2001, the Dungannon Regeneration Partnership (DRP) appointed a team of consultants led by EDAW to prepare a Dungannon Regeneration Strategy with a focus on the town centre. The aim was to produce a medium and long-term strategy in both sectoral and spatial areas

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Working with the community in Hillpark, Stirling

Together with lead consultants Drew Mackie Associates, we have been commissioned by Stirling Council to carry out a consultation, working with the community in Hillpark, to establish the community requirement for open space and built development and the most appropriate uses to which …

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RUDI and SCRAN: Urban Design in Scottish Towns and Cities

A study for RUDI and SCRAN, with Drew Mackie Associates as lead consultant, which examines some of the important characteristics of Urban Design in Scottish Towns including resumes of major projects in Leith, Edinburgh, the Merchant City and Crown Street in Glasgow.

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Darlington Gateways: focusing future investment

The brief issued by Darlington Borough Council for this study stated that, ‘the key focus of this work was to look at improving the environment to make it welcoming and attractive to businesses, potential investors, visitors, residents and rate payers. The scheme should provide an environment…

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Glasgow – Yoker Scotstoun Whiteinch Environmental Vision

We have been commissioned by the Dumbarton Road Corridor Social Inclusion Partnership to carry out a study which aims to deliver an Environmental Vision for communities along the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. At the core of this work is community involvement …

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Belfast – Queen’s Quay Feasibility Study

EDAW was commissioned by Laganside Corporation in January 2001 to undertake a Queen's Quay Feasibility Study and development framework for the Station Street/Queens Quay area of Eastbank. This follows on from the Eastbank Regeneration Strategy produced in April 2000....

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Glasgow – Mansfield Park Redevelopment

Mansfield Park is located in the heart of Partick, one of the original ancient villages of Glasgow, which grew up around a series of mills on the River Kelvin and which was subsequently closely linked to the rise of heavy industry on the River Clyde. There is a strong…

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