The outcomes of the prestigious 2018 ’20th Anniversary’ SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced on Thursday 6 December at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

Representatives of the five category winning initiatives for 2018 were personally congratulated on their success by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities Aileen Campbell MSP.

The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Papa Westray to Creetown, before agreeing upon the outcomes.

2018 Winners

Having assessed more than 65 applications across five categories, SURF’s panel of 20 judges, drawn from national bodies and community groups, have agreed upon 15 shortlisted projects for 2018.

The winners are;

 Housing: Chapelpark: A New Beginning (Forfar, Angus) The conversion of a, historically significant, school building and site into affordable housing.

 Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers: Pathfinder Programme (Yoker, Glasgow) An employability programme that takes a collaborative approach to supporting young people into sustained employment by focusing on the strengths of each individual,

 Creative Regeneration: Findhorn Bay Arts (Forres) Delivers high quality, regional arts activities to showcase local artists, improve pride of place, support the economy and provide opportunities for young people.

 Community Led Regeneration: Papay Community Cooperative (Papa Westray, Orkney) Rejuvenated an economically challenged and remote island community by establishing a social and economic hub.

 Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Westray Development Trust (Orkney) Develops the economic, social and cultural sustainability of the island by harnessing the quality of its resources, people and island environment.

SURF Awards Film and Presentation

Below is a short presentation that was shown at the Awards Dinner of past winners certificates in situ in offices, cafe’s and receptions across Scotland.

Past Winners Certificates

SURF commissioned former Award winner Plantation Productions to make a short film looking back at 20 years of the SURF Awards. This film was showcased at the Awards Dinner. The film is now on our YouTube channel at the link below.

SURF Awards Film

Read the Magazine

A publication highlighting the work of all winning and shortlisted initiatives featured in the 2018 SURF Awards is available for download below:

SURF Awards Publication 2018

The SURF Awards Presentation Dinner was attended by 235 guests from a wide range of public, private, and third sector organisations. Since 2003, the SURF Awards have been delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. SURF is also grateful for additional support provided by Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Skills Development Scotland towards the delivery of thematic categories in 2018.

2018 ’20th Anniversary’ Winners




Creative Scotland
Glasgow City Council
Historic Environment Scotland
Museums Galleries Scotland
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Government
Scottish Had
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group