Shortlist for 2015 SURF Awards Announced

SURF – Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network:

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

Scotland’s Most Improved Town Category:

  • Large Town sub-category:
    • Irvine
    • Kilmarnock
  • Small & Medium Town sub-category:
    • Barrhead
    • Kelso

Large Scale Infrastructure Category:

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

Employability Category:

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

Creative Regeneration Category:

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

Community Led Regeneration Category:

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

Over October and November, the judging panel will be travelling across Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, visiting all of these diverse projects to develop a better understanding of their impact and the contexts that they are operating in.

The six winners will then be announced by a leading Scottish Government Minister 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 ScotlandCreative ScotlandHighlands and Islands EnterprisePASRTPI ScotlandScotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland. The Sunday Herald is the 2015 SURF Awards media partner.

About the SURF Awards

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. The purpose of the SURF Awards is:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF Awards offers an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes todemonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. Winning projects highlighted in the 2015 SURF Awards will also receive additional showcase opportunities through SURF activities in 2016.

Source: SURF

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