This free SURF Awards workshop online event on 15th 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 2020 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 Nith Valley Leaf Trust Community-Owned Passivhaus Project. Located in Closeburn in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland’s first community-owned homes built to ‘Passivhaus’ ultralow energy standards met two distinct community needs around a lack of affordable housing and addressing fuel poverty.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing and Regeneration’ highly commended Angus Council Dunarn Street, Newtyle project.  The project aimed to work with the local community to provide much­-needed social housing in a rural area.

Guests will then hear from the second of the ‘Housing and Regeneration’ highly commended projects, Community Housing Trust’s Gairloch project. The project redeveloped a derelict former hotel into a mixed-­use site with affordable housing alongside better opportunities to be socially and economically active.

The event will close with Scottish Federation of Housing Associations providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting the wider housing sector.  It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Housing and Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of INCH Architecture, Scottish Government More Homes Division, Kingdom Housing Association 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).


10:30am   Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF

10:35am   Presentation, Nith Valley Leaf Trust Community –Owned Passivhaus: Jakob Kaye, NVLT and Mike Staples, SOSCH

10:45am   Presentation, Dunarn St, Newtyle: Jamie Ross, Angus Council

10:55am   Presentation, Gairloch: John Forbes, Communities Housing Trust

11:05am   Questions and Comments with project representatives

11:20am   Presentation, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations: Stacey Dingwall, SFHA

11:30pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

11:50pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:00pm  Close

Where and When

Date: 15th July

Time: 10.30am-12pm

Venue: Zoom


To book your free place please complete the booking form at the link below. If you have any queries please email

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