This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 2nd July provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches to housing led regeneration initiatives providing wider community outcomes. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Housing and Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2019 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

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 a project representative from the ‘Housing and Regeneration’ category winner Glenurquhart Care Project. In 2015 GCP began the development of suitable housing and facilities in Drumnadrochit that would enable elderly people to remain in the community and be cared for locally. That resulted in 12 community owned houses that are accessible and adaptable to the individual needs of residents.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing and Regeneration’ highly commended Kingdom Housing Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing project.  The project aimed to demolish a failed housing estate in a deprived area of Fife, and replace it with an attractive new development featuring high quality, affordable homes.

Guests will then hear from the second of the ‘Housing and Regeneration’ highly commended projects, Wheatley Group’s Shawbridge Street, Pollokshaws project. The project has delivered 42 affordable homes on a formerly vacant and derelict site, and created a new civic square in front of the historic Pollokshaws Parish Church.

The event will close with Scottish Federation of Housing Associations providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting the wider housing sector. Followed by a short input from private developer Urban Union looking at the role they play in housing development in partnership with local stakeholders.

The SURF Awards ‘Housing and Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Built Environment Forum Scotland, Scottish Government More Homes Division, Scottish Land Commission and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations – were particularly impressed by the level of community and tenant involvement in all three shortlisted developments.

This workshop will be delivered with support from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).


10:15am  Welcome and Coffee

10:40am  Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:50am  Presentation, Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing: Julie Watson, Kingdom Housing Association

11:00am  Presentation, Shawbridge Street, Pollokshaws: TBC, Wheatley Group

11:10am   Questions and Comments with representatives from Kingdom and Wheatley Group

11:30am   Presentation, Glenurquart Care Project: Anne MacDonald, GCP

11:45am   Questions and Comments with representatives from Glenurquart Care Project

11:55am   Presentation, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations: Stacey Dingwall, SFHA

12:05am  Presentation, A private sector perspective: Neil Mckay, Urban Union

12.15pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:45pm  Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Andy Milne and Emma Scott, Information, Communications & Events Officer, SURF

12:50pm   Networking Lunch

About the SURF Awards

Please visit  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2019 process.

Check back the website or follow us on Twitter @SURFscot or Facebook – SURF for information on how to apply for the 2020 SURF Awards, which launch on Thursday 4th June and close for applications at 5pm on Monday 7th September.

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