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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A study for Scottish Borders Enterprise in association with Mackay Consultants of Inverness. This work examined the feasibility of proposals for a visitor attraction based on the heritage of Scottish motor sport in and around Duns. The principal part of the proposal was for a new museum based…read more
We have been commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage to carry out a feasibility study of the restoration of the Greenock Cut. The brief for this work stated that the overall aim of the study was “to produce a development plan for the restoration and enhancement of…read more
We were commissioned by Enterprise Ayrshire to undertake a study of the potential contribution which could be made by Tourism and Motor Sport in Ayrshire towards the tourism effort in the area. This was intended to be a broadly based study which investigated the…read more
Goosepool or RAF Middleton St George airfield opened as a Bomber Command station in 1941. After the war, the aerodrome served various squadrons and units but the RAF left the station in 1964. Two years later, the aerodrome was reopened in 1966 as a civil airport. The airfield was …read more
Design and implementation of a 1030m hill climb track as part of a proposed international motor racing complex near Kirk o’ Shotts in Central Scotland. Forrestburn Speed Hill Climb is the first purpose built speed hill climb track to be built in the United Kingdom since the construction of the facility at Brooklands…read more