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
Ayr Town Centre Strategy
Working with Ayr Renaissance and local communities to refresh the current Town Centre Strategy
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who we have worked with and where
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 …read more
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.read more
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…read more
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 …read more
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....read more
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…read more
In October 2001 Shared Intelligence, in collaboration with Willie Miller Urban Design + Planning and Donaldsons, was commissioned by Wansbeck District Council, Northumberland County Council and One NorthEast to prepare an investment study for the town of Bedlington....read more
EDAW was commissioned in mid September 2000 by Scottish Enterprise Tayside and Dundee City Council to prepare a development framework for the Former Rail Yards Site in Dundee. We were part of the team, responsible for spatial strategy. The site is located between the East Coast Main Railway Line…read more
Working with EDAW on their framework agreement with the Laganside Corporation, we were asked to produce a mixed use A Development Strategy for Maysfield. This is an important entry point to the city on the East Bridge Street/Albert Bridge axis as well as being the…read more