May 31, 2018 at 10:00am - 1pm

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Irvine on 31 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Housing’ categories highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner Irvine. The Irvine Vision is an effort by North Ayrshire Council, in partnership with the local community, to take a strategic approach to the town’s economic and physical development. Originally approved in December 2015, the plan has delivered large scale investment in the town centre and a number of other areas. These developments have been guided by local planning partnerships and are based on extensive consultation with the local community.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing’ winner Ulva Ferry Housing Project. In 2010, the geographically isolated island community and its economically fragile, ageing population was in danger of losing its primary school as a result of long-term population decline strongly influenced by the lack of affordable housing options for young people. A successful local campaign to keep Ulva School open provided a genesis for the Ulva Ferry Housing Project, the need for which was identified in extensive community consultations in 2013 and 2015. In 2017, two three-bedroom homes were built enabling two new families, each with three children, to move to the area. This has secured a future for the local school which, with the lack of any other local facilities, acts as a hub for the wider community.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from Scottish Government representatives who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place based regeneration. This will be followed by a short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.


10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Irvine: Alasdair Laurenson, North Ayrshire Council

10:55am   Presentation, Ulva Ferry Housing Project: Helen MacDonald, Mull and Iona Community Trust

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:35pm   Presentation, Place Based Regeneration: Susan Bolt, Scottish Government

11:45pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Mhairi Donaghy, STP

11:55pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: tbc, HIE

12.05pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:35pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date: Thursday 31st May 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: TBC, Irvine


Please complete the booking form at the SURF event webpage. For any queries contact [email protected] 

May 31, 2018 at 10:00am - 1pm
TBC, Irvine
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