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
We have been commissioned by Dawlish Community Trust along with lead consultants yellow book to prepare the Dawlish Town Centre Masterplan for this attractive Devon resort town. Dawlish enjoys a remarkable and memorable setting, facing south to the sea and surrounded...read more
The CELL area is situated in Castle Morpeth and comprises four settlements - Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth. These four settlements have similar problems but they also have distinct characteristics which are important to recognise when planning for their...read more
We have been commissioned by Antrim Borough Council to produce masterplans for the towns of Crumlin and Randalstown. The aim of the study is to identify an appropriate framework for an integrated approach to ensure the future sustainable development of both...read more
Together with lead consultants yellow book, we have been commissioned by Sheffield City Council to prepare a strategy for the city’s waterways. The strategy will offer a compelling vision of the city of rivers. It will be an integrated strategy, linked to the wider policy agenda with a clear…read more
We have been appointed by East Dunbartonshire Council to prepare a Design Guide for the village of Twechar incorporating a Landscape Masterplan. The brief describes an interesting and important piece of work - it is also highly topical. It seeks to address a central...read more
This Greenspace Strategy for Keswick has been commissioned by Keswick Area Partnership Ltd and is the first greenspace strategy for the town. It will set out a vision and aims for all greenspace within the town and the study will involve the local community to a great extent in the development of proposals…read more