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

where

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

how

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.

recent work

A Development Strategy for Maysfield, Belfast

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...

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A Regeneration Strategy for Sunderland ARC

We were part of the EDAW team who were appointed to produce A Regeneration Strategy for Sunderland ARC - Area Regeneration Compact. The Sunderland ARC Task Group was originally appointed in June 1999 by the former Trade and Industry Secretary, Rt. Hon. Stephen Byers...

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Clyde Corridor Regeneration Strategy

EDAW was commissioned in August 1999 to lead a multi- disciplinary consultant team to deliver, as part of Phase 2 of the CIDRE project, a series of city specific and transnational projects. The pilot project agreed for Glasgow is the Clyde Corridor Regeneration…

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INTERREG II: Urban Design Casebook

We assisted EDAW in the production of an Urban Design Casebook analysing the success (or otherwise) of a range of recently conceived or completed projects as part of the Cities Divided by Rivers INTERREG II Study. The projects were at Brindley Place, Birmingham, Butler’s Wharf, London, Carlton Place…

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St Andrew’s College, Bearsden: feasibility study

In January 2000, EDAW and Drivers Jonas were commissioned by Dunbartonshire Enterprise (DE), East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) and the University of Glasgow, to undertake feasibility study into alternative uses for St Andrew’s College, Bearsden. The College site is due to become available…

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Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Investment Strategy

The village of Newbiggin, in common with many other traditional coastal resorts in the UK, has suffered decline over the last twenty years. The purpose of this work was to produce a clear Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Investment Strategy for sustainable regeneration based on a…

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