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 banana republic welcomes Trump’s golf course

A banana republic welcomes Trump’s golf course

The Scottish Government’s approval yesterday of the Trump Organisation’s plans for Menie in Aberdeenshire is unsurprising and shameful – a banana republic welcomes Trump. Obviously this is a political decision in the face of compelling environmental, economic and planning reasons for refusing the application.

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Turriff Haughs Feasibility and Options Study

Turriff Haughs Feasibility and Options Study

This report was commissioned by Turriff and District Ltd (TDL) from Yellow Book Ltd with WMUD. TDL is a private company with charitable status whose principal objective is to enhance the prosperity of Turriff and the surrounding area, by involving the community and lobbying the appropriate agencies.

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Lewis Mumford on the City in History

Lewis Mumford on the City in History

These short film clips featuring Lewis Mumford, author of the City in History, were recently published on the Planum website. (seem to have been relocated). Before the end of 1961 the New York publishing company Harcourt, Brace and Co. had the first edition of Lewis Mumford’s highly successful book

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current work

We are currently working on the following projects:

Annan Town Centre Regeneration

Working with Annan communities to develop a town centre regeneration plan

Making Places in Huntly

Developing a masterplan for a community education and play campus

Townhead, Kirkintilloch

Developing public realm options for the Townhead area

Alexandria Vision and Masterplan

Working with Alexandria communities to develop a masterplan