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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 to demonstrate 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.

Celebrating success at the 2014 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner

Celebrating success at the SURF Awards Presentation Dinner

The SURF Awards in 2016

The 2016 SURF Awards are open to any regeneration project in Scotland that is currently in operation or has been completed within two years of the September 2016 closing date. There will be five categories of entry and the timescale is as follows:

  • 21 June: Launch of application materials at a 2016 Festival of Architecture event
  • 19 Sept: Closing date for applications
  • October & November: Assessment, shortlisting and site visits by independent judging panel
  • Early December: Results announced by leading politician at convivial Presentation Dinner event

If you would like to receive notification of application material availability, please sign up for our mailing list. For any enquiries regarding any aspect of the 2016 SURF Awards, please contact Derek (0141 440 6393, or Emma (0141 440 6392, at SURF.

2015 & Previous SURF Awards

SURF’s panel of 24 independent judges assessed over 50 applications to the 2015 SURF Awards across five thematic categories and visited 16 shortlisted projects as part of an intensive consideration process. The category winners they selected were announced by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil at a SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow in December 2015.

A full summary of the 2015 SURF Awards outcomes is available on this webpage.

The 2015 SURF Awards was delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional support from Architecture + Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, PAS, RTPI Scotland, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

Please click here for a full summary of the 2014 SURF Awards outcomes.

Information on all recent annual SURF Awards iterations is also available on this webpage.

Aberdeen City Council
Capital City Partnership
Creative Scotland
Dundee Partnership
Edinburgh City Council
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow Housing Association
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jobs and Business Glasgow
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland