This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Riddles Court, Edinburgh on 19th May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2021 SURF Awards process.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner Regenerating Fraserburgh. Through investment from the public and private sector and programmes of heritage and conservation reinstatement, the town is being lifted and renewed.

This will be followed by the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd. Set up by a group of local activists the project provides affordable furniture to families on low income whilst also reducing the amount of household items and white goods that go to landfill.

Following an open discussion session with the projects, attendees will hear from a Scottish Government representative who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place-based regeneration. This will be followed by short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place-based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Most Improved Place’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland and the Scottish Government – were struck with the wide ranging programme of activity that has secured the participation of public, private, community and third sector organisations, all working together from the start. The SURF Awards ‘Community Led Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scottish Canals, Scottish Land Commission, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Tannahill Centre – were impressed by the high levels of community engagement demonstrated.

This workshop will be delivered with support from Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Architecture & Design Scotland.


10:00am   Registration and networking

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

10:35am   Presentation, Regenerating Fraserburgh: Alastair Rhind, Aberdeenshire Council

10:50am   Presentation, The Furniture Project: Paul Smith, The Furniture Project

11:05am   Questions and Comments with project representatives

11:20am   Presentation, Scottish Government: Joanne Boyle, Scottish Government

11:30am   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Mhairi Donaghy, STP

11:40am   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Margaret McSporran, HIE

11:50am   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:20pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:30pm  Close and Networking Lunch

12:20pm   Close

About the SURF Awards

Please visit  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2021 process.

Check the SURF website or follow us on Twitter @SURFscot or Facebook – SURF for information on how to apply for the 2022 SURF Awards, which launched on Thursday 9th June and close for applications at 5pm on Monday 5th September.

Where and When

Where: Riddles Court, Edinburgh

When: Thurs 19th May, 10am-12.30pm


This event is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please email  Emma Scott at SURF on 

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