Thank you Private Eye and Piloti: angry but wrong

4 October 2009 | blog, comment

Piloti - Nooks and Corners, Private Eye No 1243, September 2009
It is said that you have really made it when you are mentioned in Private Eye – even better by Piloti. WMUD received that dubious honour in Private Eye No 1243, September 2009 with a credit in Nooks and Corners for some master planning work we allegedly carried out in the town of Nelson, Lancashire. We certainly tendered for a master planning job in Nelson for Pendle Borough Council but we didn’t win it – I recall that BDP were awarded the contract. The only time we worked there was in 2002, producing a range of proposals through extensive community involvement for the Grand Cinema site which had been cleared following the destruction of that building by fire some years before. So our work is quite unrelated to Piloti’s rant about the Palace Theatre.

detail of the article
So Gavin Stamp, if you are still Piloti, thanks for the great publicity but you have this wrong as far as our involvement is concerned. Nevertheless there is a core of truth in your article about the state of regeneration and conservation practice in the UK and we look forward to more from you. Whether we will believe it or not is another matter.

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.