San Pedro’s new infrastructure: “…it will never happen here”

San Pedro’s new infrastructure: “…it will never happen here”

San Pedro de Alcántara (pop: approx 26,500) lies on the main Costa del Sol coastal road 10 km west of Marbella in Andalucia, Southern Spain. It is easily accessed from either Málaga or Cádiz. As you enter San Pedro, through the entrance arch from Cádiz you find what is probably the most typical Spanish …

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Byres Road Corners – civic spaces for Glasgow’s West End

Byres Road Corners – civic spaces for Glasgow’s West End

A pilot project dealing with a series of public spaces with a common theme set beside collections of businesses, institutions and residential areas which could not only animate the spaces but also benefit from them through increased business opportunities, better living standards, better standards of external

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Dunblane Town Centre Charrette Plus

Dunblane Town Centre Charrette Plus

In April 2015 Willie Miller Urban Design was part of a design team led by PAS, to develop a ‘Vision and Town Centre Action Plan’ for Dunblane Town Centre. It was the first community-led charrette in Scotland with the aim to develop, ‘… a spatial strategy that is integrated with community planning…’

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Buckie Harbour: a new base for offshore renewables

Buckie Harbour: a new base for offshore renewables

This masterplan was prepared for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and The Moray Council by a consultant team led by Nick Wright Planning which included WMUD, Brian Burns Associates, Ryden and yellow book. The brief called for the production of an outline masterplan

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The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2014

The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2014

The Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud is a daily image in monthly themes around architecture, landscape, photography, art installations and interventions. The most popular theme for the year was September’s theme of Hybrids and Brutalism featuring mostly American commercial architecture from the 1960s

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Royston Community Vision and Strategy

Royston Community Vision and Strategy

Rosemount Development Trust Ltd, on behalf of the Royston Strategy Group, appointed a team to devise a community vision and strategy for the area, building from local people and organisations. The team consists of Kevin Murray Associates, Willie Miller Urban Design and Benton Scott-Simmons.

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Kirkwall Town Centre Placemaking Proposals

Kirkwall Town Centre Placemaking Proposals

In parallel with our work for Orkney Islands Council on the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative we carried out a wider study which dealt with a placemaking strategy and proposals for Kirkwall focusing on the Harbourfront and Central West areas.

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Fraserburgh Town Centre Heritage Regeneration Scheme

Fraserburgh Town Centre Heritage Regeneration Scheme

Background Fraserburgh is at Kinnaird Head in the far north-east corner of Aberdeenshire. Alexander Fraser's 1570s new town (‘Broch’) is highly significant as the earliest planned town in Scotland and the layout survives today. It has a rich maritime heritage and a...

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Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative

Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative

Orkney Islands Council appointed a team led by Gray Marshall and Associates together with Brian Burns Associates, Leslie Burgher Architect and WMUD to prepare a bid for a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and a Townscape Heritage Initiative…

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Stranraer Town Centre: Townscape Heritage Bid

Stranraer Town Centre: Townscape Heritage Bid

Dumfries and Galloway Council (DGC) commissioned yellow book ltd with WMUD to prepare a socio-economic profile of the Stranraer area. The report provided baseline data and an accompanying commentary that was used to support a proposed Townscape Heritage Initiative...

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Port Dundas Charrette – Second Session

Port Dundas Charrette – Second Session

Introduction This is the story of the second session of Port Dundas planning Charrette held on 24 April 2014 at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow as seen through the eyes of social media. It was supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council....

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Leven Town Centre – Concept Design Study

Leven Town Centre – Concept Design Study

Fife Council appointed a WMUD team with Yellow Book Ltd and Janet Benton Landscape Architecture (now Benton Scott-Simmons) to undertake a study of Leven town centre. The study requirements set out in the brief specified, ‘the preparation of concept designs to upgrade...

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Port Dundas Planning Charrette, Glasgow

Port Dundas Planning Charrette, Glasgow

This is the story of the Port Dundas Charrette held on 12-14 March 2014 at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow as seen through the eyes of social media. It was supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council. The team was led by Kevin Murray Associates and Peter Brett Associates …

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Ecology and maths: generating the hyper-habitat

Ecology and maths: generating the hyper-habitat

During 2013 we used network analysis on a number of projects including Mapping the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland as well as in town centre proposals for Leven and Dumbarton which will be written up later. We have also used mathematical formulae on urban design...

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Mapping the Crafts Sector: launch of crafts sector reports

Mapping the Crafts Sector: launch of crafts sector reports

News item: Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D., launched two reports that outline recommendations for significantly developing the craft sector in Ireland which provides vital employment in local economies throughout the country and generates an output …

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Derry City Walls: a social spaces strategy

Derry City Walls: a social spaces strategy

The aim of the Project is to fully explore the contested history that the City Walls represent and to celebrate Derry City Walls as a present-day, international, national and local heritage asset, with the potential to unite rather than separate people. The Project seeks to deliver on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s objectives …

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Mapping the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland

Mapping the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland

In October 2012, WMUD  was appointed together with Yellow Book and Drew Mackie by a consortium of five Local Development Companies and the Crafts Council for Ireland to carry out a cultural mapping study of the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland – West Cork, Ballyhoura…

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Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.

Funeral arrangements

Willie’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 26th January at 3.45pm. The service will be live-streamed, and all his friends, colleagues, clients and students are welcome to attend by logging in as follows:

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