SURF’s annual awards process, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date. 

STP are delighted to sponsor Scotland's Most Improved Towns (Small, Medium, Large) Award, we believe in making the most of positive action in our towns and communities and this award highlights those who have excelled.

Read more about the SURF Awards in the SURF Awards 2016 Publication

The 2016 SURF Award Winners

The 2016 SURF Awards process is delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, and with additional support from Architecture + Design ScotlandCreative ScotlandHighlands and Islands EnterpriseScotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

Creative Regeneration: The Stove Network (Dumfries). A collective of artists that manage a wide range of regeneration activities in Dumfries, raising more than £0.5m in funding to deliver many impressive projects, including a new three-storey town centre arts facility.

Youth Employability: Street League (nationwide). A combined sport and employability programme that uses football and dance fitness sessions as ‘hooks’ to engage out-of-work young people and help them progress into employment, education and training.  

Community Led Regeneration: Tomintoul & Glenlivet Regeneration Project (Moray). An umbrella of projects established by local community groups that have contributed to the Cairngorms area’s remarkable economic recovery, with increased tourism and employment.

Scotland’s Most Improved Town: Lochgelly (Fife). Named ‘Britain’s worst place to live’ in 2004, the former mining town has been transformed by a series of ambitious and collaborative initiatives in recent years, enhancing its physical appearance, pride of place, and reputation.

The four winning projects all demonstrate the value of a long-term approach to regeneration, with dedicated partners working strategically and inclusively to develop comprehensive plans and deliver real and sustainable benefits for all.

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