Twechar : Village Regeneration Masterplan

15 October 2004 | blog, frameworks, neighbourhood, place making, small towns, strategy, waterfronts, working with communities

the green heart of the village
Together with lead consultant Kevin Murray Associates, yellow book, McLean Hazel, Drew Mackie Associates and Turner & Townsend, we have been appointed by East Dunbartonshire Council to produce a masterplan for the regeneration of Twechar.

The history of Twechar as a mining village, initiated by Baird and Company, lasted only around one hundred years from the 1860s to the 1960s – short in settlement terms. Like many comparator villages in Lanarkshire, Fife and Ayrshire, the legacy of the mining industry has been truncated, with no significant alternative sources of prosperity since the closure of the pits.

Forth and Clyde Canal at Twechar

Twechar’s narrow physical composition of pit and council housing has reinforced a constrained social range with limited choices – exacerbated by the absence of good transport linkages. Fundamentally, Twechar is marginal and has not been big enough or powerful enough to sustain itself as a vibrant entity following its loss of economic rationale some forty years ago.

The proposed Twechar Regeneration Masterplan could provide the impetus to realise a unique opportunity for Twechar and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the place by establishing a new shared vision of the future role of the village – economically, socially and environmentally – and balancing the interests of all stakeholders. The masterplan could develop an imaginative but functional place-making approach which addresses the future of council stock in conjunction with opportunities for new kinds of affordable housing. The process could also generate community confidence and involvement in the future of Twechar, including assisting the business case for investment in appropriate mechanisms of delivery.

Twechar Final Report

Twechar Photogallery

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.