Note: the FutureTown Design Competition shortlist has now been revealed. You can see the shortlist at the main competition webpage here. The winner will be announced by Friday 1 December. 


FutureTown Design Competition 2017

STP invites you to take part in the third annual FutureTown Design Competition to gain media profile for your town and a keynote slot to present your idea at the annual Towns Tea Party! The Scotsman newspaper is our media partner once again for the competition.

Shortlisted entries will also be displayed in a showcase exhibition at Scotland’s Towns Conference on 21 November, which will be attended by the Minister for Local Government and Housing, and town stakeholders from across sectors and communities.  

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 6 November. Scotland's Towns Partnership will shortlist entries, and then the winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland's Towns Week, 20 - 26 November 2017. Applications can be sent to: [email protected].

There is no application form for this competition. You can submit an image, sketch, photograph or other visual design, accompanied by a short description of your idea and what it could change or achieve. 

Therefore we ask you to get creative and send a sketch or photograph, image or written idea for a space in your town centre - this can be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within your town. Whether a unique bin design, building redevelopment, cultural initiative, transport feature, or a new use for existing public or vacant space…feel free to think outside of the box!

The FutureTown Design Competition, part of Scotland’s Towns Week, is aimed at stimulating conversations and provoking ideas and new approaches to highlight what a possible future town could look like. We all used to live in town centres, why can't we live there again ? How can town centres stimulate low carbon and sustainable living; encourage digital and enterprise promoted tourism; culture, health and well-being; deliver connectivity and economic growth and ultimately become places of opportunity and choice for all?


2016 Winners: Fort William Town Team

The Fort William Town Team were named the winners of the 2016 FutureTown Design competition, following a public vote. Congratulations to them! 

The group envisioned a number of ways to encourage marine tourism in the area, including the cosntruction of semi-circular balconies over Loch Linnhe, and a new sheltered performance space in the town centre.

We thank all those who took the time to send us an entry, and would like to congratulate you all on the creativity and thought put into how a design proposal could improve your town. 

View Scotsman article announcing the competition winner

View Scotsman coverage of FutureTown Design competition shortlist

If you'd like inspiration for the 2017 competition, please click on the links below to view the eight shortlisted entries from 2016, including winners Fort William Town Team. 

View complete shortlist


FutureTown Design Competition 2016 Shortlist 


1: Ayr - Pop-Up Arts Centre


2: Cupar - Inner Court


3: Denny - Community Crossroads


4: Dumfries - Midsteeple Quarter


5: Edinburgh City Centre - Painting Bins


6: Edinburgh Gorgie - A Re-imagined Gorgie


7: Edinburgh Leith Walk - Mindset on Approaching Fractions of the City


8: Fort William - Fort William Waterfront




2015 Winners: William Lippe Architects

 FutureTown Design Competition 2015 winners, William Lippe Architects Ltd developed the winning design for Inverurie's Town Centre. The design looked to restore and improve the connection between Inverurie’s iconic Town Hall and Memorial Garden by recreating its original Town Square between the two. A place to relax, reflect, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Inverurie’s busy, thriving Town Centre. A safe flexible space to use for Inverurie events and markets.

FutureTown Design Competition Winning Design

Thank you to all who entered STP's first FutureTown Design Competition and for the quality and creativity of each design. 

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