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The 2014 SURF Awards

About the SURF Awards

Each year, SURF and the Scottish Government team up to deliver the national SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. The purpose of the annual SURF Awards process is:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF Awards are open to any project or initiative, taking place in Scotland, which is currently in place or which has been completed within two years of the closing date for entries. Nominations for 2014 were assessed by a panel of 20 independent judges, who are drawn from national regeneration-related organisations and community groups.

Five category winning projects were announced by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Community Justice and Legal Affairs, at a celebratory presentation dinner event in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel on Tuesday 2 December. Please scroll down for information on the outcomes.

2014 SURF Awards Logo

Winning & Shortlisted Initiatives

The 2014 SURF Awards featured five thematic categories. Winning projects were selected from a shortlist of three per category:

A young trainee on placement arranged by 'SURF Award winning WorkingRite Pioneers programme

A young trainee on a work placement arranged by the SURF Award winning WorkingRite Pioneers programme

Preparing for Employment


  • WorkingRite Pioneers (Edinburgh)

Also shortlisted:

  • Aberdeen Foyer Training & Hospitality
  • Glasgow Marriott/Clyde Gateway Hotel & Hospitality Academy

This category is delivered in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.

Town Centre Regeneration


  • Glengate Hall (Kirriemuir, Angus)

Also shortlisted:

  • Beyond the Finish Line (Glasgow)
  • Super Saturdays (Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire)

This category is delivered in partnership with Architecture + Design Scotland and PAS.

Infrastructure & Social Benefits


  • Every1’s Garden (Dundee)

Also shortlisted:

  • Athletes’ Village – City Legacy (Glasgow)
  • Regeneration of Stane Gardens & South Calder Water (Shotts, North Lanarkshire)
'Creative Regeneration' winner North Edinburgh Grows provides a welcoming outdoor garden

‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner North Edinburgh Grows provides a welcoming outdoor garden

Creative Regeneration


  • North Edinburgh Grows

Also shortlisted:

  • AFLOAT (Coigach, Wester Ross)
  • The Stove Network (Dumfries & Galloway)

This category is delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland.

Community Led Regeneration


  • Horshader Community Growing (Lewis)

Also shortlisted:

  • The Glencorse Centre (Auchendinny, Midlothian)
  • Isle of Jura Community Shop
Representatives of all 2014 SURF Award winners with Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Representatives of all 2014 SURF Award winners with Paul Wheelhouse MSP

SURF Awards Publication

All of these projects are profiled in a special 20-page SURF Awards magazine, which also provides additional background information on the SURF Awards process and our independent judging panel. We also revisit last year’s winning projects and find out how they have developed since their SURF Awards success in 2013.

Please click on the link below to download a copy (PDF format):

2014 SURF Awards Publication

Please call the SURF office on 0141 440 0122 if you would like any hard copies.

SURF Awards Videos

A series of short films highlighting the work of some of the diverse initiatives featured in the 2014 SURF Awards shortlist is available on a special playlist on our YouTube channel.

The following video presents an overview of North Edinburgh Grows, a popular community space with integrated artworks inspired by international community garden designs. Located in Muirhouse, Edinburgh, the project was selected as the winner of the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category.

SURF is grateful to the Scottish Government, who have been our main SURF Awards partner since 2003. We are also grateful for the support of our four additional partners for 2014: Creative Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, PAS and Architecture + Design Scotland.

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