The shortlist for a prestigious national awards scheme that showcases success in regenerating Scottish communities has just been announced.

The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, Scotland’s independent regeneration network, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

Having assessed over 50 applications across six categories, SURF’s panel of 22 judges, drawn from national bodies and community groups, have announced 16 shortlisted projects for 2015. They are:

Scotland’s Most Improved Town: Large

  • Irvine
  • Kilmarnock

Scotland’s Most Improved Town: Small & Medium

  • Barrhead
  • Kelso

Community Led Regeneration

  • Atlantic Islands Centre (Isle of Luing, Argyll & Bute)
  • Bellsmyre Development Trust (West Dunbartonshire)
  • Helmsdale Affordable Housing Project (Sutherland)

Creative Regeneration

  • Ayr Gaiety Partnership
  • Glasgow Women’s Library
  • Laurieston’s Open Spaces Project (Glasgow)

Large-Scale Infrastructure

  • The Crescent (Whitfield, Dundee)
  • Ullapool Harbour Ferry Infrastructure Enhancement (Wester Ross)
  • Vineburgh Regeneration Initiative (North Ayrshire)


  • Canal College (Falkirk)
  • Creative Pathways (Glasgow)
  • Wheatley Pledge (Glasgow)

For more than a decade, the SURF Awards have covered regeneration projects of all sizes from across Scotland. This year‘s shortlisted projects range from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, and from major infrastructure and town centre investments to activities delivered by community groups and arts organisations.

Over the coming weeks, the judging panel will be visiting all of these diverse projects to develop a better understanding of their impact and the contexts that they are operating in.

The six category winners will then be announced by the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice and Communities, Alex Neil MSP, on the evening of Thursday 10 December at the 2015 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

The 2015 SURF Awards are delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional support from Architecture + Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, PAS, RTPI Scotland, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland. The Sunday Herald is the media partner. 

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