The outcomes of the prestigious 2020 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced on Thursday 18 February at a virtual celebratory presentation event.
Representatives of the five category winning initiatives, plus an additional Special Recognition Award, for 2020 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, virtually visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Campbeltown, before agreeing upon the outcomes.
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, virtually visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Gairloch and Campbeltown, before selecting the following category winners:
- Housing and Regeneration: Nith Valley Leaf Trust Community-Owned Passivhaus Project (Closeburn, 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.
- Creative Regeneration: The Glasgow Barons (Govan, Glasgow). A Govan based orchestra initiative which brings the community together for musical performances, showcases local talent and highlights Govan’s historical architecture.
- Community Led Regeneration: The Tannahill Centre (Ferguslie Park, Paisley). An under-utilised centre has reformed its role and become a trusted community hub, providing an enhanced portfolio of services, and better engaging with the local community.
- Supporting Youth Employability: Street League: Head, Body, Future (National). Head Body Future (HBF) is Street League’s online youth employment service, which works with young people who face insecurity every day.
- Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Campbeltown Town Centre (Argyll and Bute). A combination of community-led regeneration and a multimillion pound renovation project have produced a thriving town centre, and Campbeltown is becoming an increasingly attractive place to live, work and invest.
- Special Recognition Award: Ambitious Partnership for Improvement (Larkhall, South Lanarkshire). A collaborative community effort in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, for their outstanding effort to support their local community weather the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Housing and Regeneration:
- Dunarn Street, Newtyle (Angus)
- Gairloch (Wester Ross)
Supporting Youth Employability:
- Move On: Employability Fund (Glasgow)
- Community Renewal Trust: Youth Employability Team (Edinburgh)
- Plantation Productions: Creative Steps to Positive Mental Health (Govan)
- Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre (Glasgow)
Community Led Regeneration:
- Bridgend Farmhouse Community Hub (Edinburgh)
- Rom Romeha (Govanhill)
Scotland’s Most Improved Place:
- Fernbrae Meadows, Rutherglen (South Lanarkshire)
- New Cumnock (East Ayrshire)
Special Recognition Award:
- Feldy-Roo (Aberfeldy)
- “We Stand Better When We Stand Together” (Glenrothes)
Read the Magazine
A publication highlighting the work of all winning and shortlisted initiatives featured in the 2020 SURF Awards is available for download below:
The SURF Awards Presentation Dinner was attended by 285 guests, plus an additional 150 watched after the event, 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, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Skills Development Scotland towards the delivery of thematic categories in 2020.