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.
These are two strategy animations current work – the first is part of our work for North Lanarkshire Council on the Kelvin Valley Action Plan showing a landscape restructuring of the River Kelvin valley and Forth and Clyde Canal corridor. The second focuses on Ravenscraig showing …
This British Transport Film from the 1960s enlivened by John Betjeman takes a trip from King’s Lynn through the wide, flat fields of Norfolk to Hunstanton and the sea. It sums up a quality of insight and commentary on towns and countryside which has all but disappeared. Betjeman’s holistic …
A gallery featuring public realm strategies for Renfrew, Byres Road in Glasgow, Ashington in Northumberland and West Port, Dundee.
At Renfrew, we were asked to develop proposals for Hairst Street and High Street which would bring about significant change in the town centre environment.
We are currently working on the following projects:
Making Places in Kilwinning
Working with the Kilwinning communities to develop a local place plan for the town
Making Places in Huntly
Developing a masterplan for a community education and play campus
Developing public realm options for the Townhead area
Mitchelston Industrial Estate
Working with Fife Council to develop a masterplan for this important site