This free SURF Awards workshop online event on 22nd July provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from the ‘Most Improved Place’, ‘Community Led Regeneration’ and the ‘Special Recognition Award’ categories highlighted in the 2020 SURF Awards process.

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 project a representative in the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner The Tannahill Centre. An under-utilised community centre in Ferguslie Park, Paisley, has reformed its role and become a trusted community hub, providing an enhanced portfolio of services, and better engaging with the local community.

This will be followed by the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner Campbeltown Town Centre. 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.

Then guests will hear input from the winner of SURF’s ‘Special Recognition Award’ Ambitious Partnership for Improvement (Larkhall). The project coordinated local organisations to respond to negative impacts of Covid-19 on the community of Larkhall. Through making use of existing partnerships, the project was able to effectively cascade information through community networks and support people in a range of ways.

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, Scottish Land Commission, 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 The National Lottery Community Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Ochiltree Community Hub – were impressed by the high levels of community engagement demonstrated, and the ability of the centre to turn around community opinion.

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


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

10:35am   Presentation, The Tannahill Centre: Jamie Mallan, The Tannahill Centre

10:45am   Presentation, Campbeltown Town Centre: James Lafferty, Argyll and Bute Council

10:55am   Presentation, Ambitious Partnership for Improvement: Nancy Barr, Larkhall Community Network

11:05am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

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

11:30pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Phil Prentice, STP/SID’s

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

11.50pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:10pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:20pm   Close

Where and When

Date: 22nd July

Time: 10.30am-12.20pm

Platform: 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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