FutureTown Design 2019: Open for Applications! 

What changes would you like to see in your town or city neighbourhood? How could your local place be adapted or transformed for the benefit of this and future generations? Share your vision in this innovative national competition!

Organised by national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership in partnership with Threesixty Architecture, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. 

Now in its fifth year, the FTDC showcases a rich variety of innovative yet practical ideas promoting positive change in areas such as the local environment, the public realm and accessibility, low carbon and sustainable living, digital technologies, tourism, arts and culture, history and heritage, health and well-being, and much more.

For inspiration and ideas, you can check out the shortlisted entries from past competitions below, and please get in touch with Ewan Robertson – ewan@scotlandstowns.org – if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your entry!


Benefits of Entering

All entries are viewed by an expert panel on urban regeneration composed of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and competition partners Threesixty Architecture

All shortlisted entries are displayed and promoted across Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s digital media channels. They gain significant national profile both online and at our annual Scotland’s Towns Conference (20 November 2019), attended by around 150 town stakeholders and practitioners. Opportunities for additional media interest will be sought for shortlisted designs. 

The winning entry, decided by a public vote, is showcased at our annual Towns Tea Party event, with the entrants invited to present their idea to an audience of policy-makers and those from across sectors involved in supporting towns.

How To Enter and Key Dates

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Thursday 31 October 2019. Scotland's Towns Partnership will shortlist entries, and then the winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland's Towns Week, 18 – 24 November 2019.

There is no application form for this competition. However, entries should include a visual representation(s) of the town or idea (photograph, sketch, graphic design, or illustrative image etc), as well as a short written description. Please note, that applications should be no more than two A4 pages, or one A3 page. 

At expert panel will shortlist entries, and then the winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland's Towns Week, 18 – 24 November 2019. Applications or queries can be sent to: ewan@scotlandstowns.org.

Endorsements and Reaction

FTDC 2019 was launched on Wednesday 19 June at the Scotland's Towns Tea Party in Edinburgh. Competition partners Scotland's Towns Partnership and Threesixty Architecture, and last year's winners Team Hamish, are encouraging those interested to get involved in this year's competition. 

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, stated:

“This competition is a great opportunity for individuals and organisations to test and showcase their ideas for their town or community on a national stage. I’d strongly encourage anyone with a vision for their place to submit their ideas, no matter at what stage of development.

Now in its fifth year, this competition continues to highlight how much grassroots creativity and potential exists for initiatives that contribute to wellbeing, inclusion, prosperity and environmental sustainability in our towns and city districts. In the face of demographic, technological and economic change, communities are able to showcase forward-thinking ideas and projects which point to how our town centres can be thriving places to live, work and socialise in for many years to come”.

Alan Anthony, Managing Director of Threesixty Architecture, said:

"Threesixty Architecture are passionate about making places better and are focussed on town centre regeneration. We are delighted to support this year’s FutureTown Design Competition and look forward to receiving a variety of inspiring ideas for the country’s towns and city neighbourhoods. We wish all of this year’s entrants the best of luck!"

Samuel Hey, of 2018 competition winners Team Hamish, said:

“We were absolutely delighted and honoured to win the FutureTown Design Competition with our ideas for #TeamHamish. This is particularly touching, as we were chosen by public vote, and this has crystallised our determination to move forward with confidence and deliver Our Vision for Nairn for the benefit of its Community and visitors.”.


Past Winners of the FutureTown Design Competition

Please click on the links below to see the shortlists and winning entries for past FutureTown Design Competitions. 

2018 - Vision for Nairn (Team Hamish)

2017 - Paisley Baker Street (Paisley Community Trust)

2016 - Fort William Waterfront (Fort William Town Team)

2015 - Inverurie Town Centre Proposal (William Lippe Architects)

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