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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.

The 2016 SURF Awards

13 projects have been shortlisted by 18 independent experts on the 2016 SURF Awards judging panel and are currently being assessed. Winning projects in the following four categories will be announced at the Presentation Dinner event:


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  • Scotland’s Most Improved Town
  • Youth Employability: Removing Barriers
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Community Led Regeneration

The 2016 process timescale is as follows:

  • 21 June: Launch of application materials at a 2016 Festival of Architecture Midsummer Gathering event
  • 19 Sept: Closing date for applications
  • October & November: Assessment, shortlisting and site visits by independent judging panel
  • 6 December: Results announced by Housing & Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart MSP at convivial Presentation Dinner event

The 2016 SURF Awards process is delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, and with additional support from Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

2016 Presentation Dinner

The SURF Awards process for 2016 will conclude with a celebratory Presentation Dinner event, taking place on the evening of Tuesday 6 December in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart MSP, will reveal the category winners at the event, which also features the award-winning journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch as after-dinner speaker. The dinner is a ‘must attend’ learning and networking opportunity for Scottish regeneration stakeholders from all sectors and geographies.

Please click here for a full event programme and details of how to book your place.

Previous SURF Awards

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

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