SURF is pleased to announce the 2017 shortlist for our prestigious national awards scheme, which showcases success in responding to regeneration challenges in communities across Scotland.

The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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 2017. By category, they are:

Ulva Ferry Housing Project in Mull is shortlisted in the SURF Awards housing category


  • Laurieston Phase 1 (Glasgow)
  • Twechar Regeneration (East Dunbartonshire)
  • Ulva Ferry Housing Project (Isle of Mull, Argyll & Bute)

Youth Employment – Overcoming Barriers:

  • Creative Pathways: Barrhead (East Renfrewshire)
  • LinkLiving Step On (Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk & Fife)
  • The DRC Youth Project Intensive Employability Support Service (Glasgow)

Scotland’s Most Improved Place:

  • Irvine (North Ayrshire)
  • Middlefield (Aberdeen)
  • Shawlands (Glasgow)

The Shawlands neighbourhood of south Glasgow is one of three areas in the running for Scotland’s Most Improved Place

Creative Regeneration:

  • Alchemy Film & Arts (Hawick, Scottish Borders)
  • The Broomhill Project (Greenock, Inverclyde)
  • Caterans Common Wealth (Perth & Kinross)

Community Led Regeneration:

  • CLEAR – Community Led Environmental Action for Regeneration (Buckhaven, Fife)
  • Dundee International Women’s Centre
  • Whithorn’s Iron Age (Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway)

The Dumbarton Road Corridor (DRC) Youth Project is shortlisted for the employability award

Since 1998, the SURF Awards have identified successful regeneration projects of all sizes from across Scotland. This year‘s shortlisted projects feature major place-making investments, youth employability initiatives, and activities delivered by community groups and arts organisations in both urban and rural contexts.

Over the coming weeks, the judging panel will be visiting all of these diverse projects to develop a better understanding of their impact and the situations they are responding to.

The five category winners will then be announced by a leading Scottish Government Minister on the evening of Thursday 7 December at the 2017 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

The 2017 SURF Awards are delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional support from Architecture & Design ScotlandCreative ScotlandHighlands and Islands EnterpriseScotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.