2015 SURF Awards winners announced

The 2015 SURF awards were held on Thursday 10th December 2015. The annual awards highlight, celebrate and share excellence and innovation in initiatives addressing physical, social and economic problems in communities across Scotland.

Winners from six categories were announced at a special ceremony by Alex Neil MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights. 

SCDC's Deputy Director David Allan is a panel member for the community-led regeneration award, which was won by Helmsdale Affordable Housing Project in Sutherland. Here, a community group successfully created four new family homes in an economically fragile remote Highland village to help address depopulation and decline.

As part of the overall judging process the panel carefully assessed 54 2015 SURF Awards applications in five thematic categories. They visited 16 different shortlisted initiatives across the country, from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, before selecting the following six category winners: 

  • Scotland's Most Improved Large Town: Kilmarnock
  • Scotland's Most Improved Small/Medium Town: Barrhead
  • Large Scale Infrastructure: Ullapool Harbour Infrastructure Enhancement.
  • Creative Regeneration: Laurieston's ‘Open Spaces'
  • Community Led Regeneration: Helmsdale Affordable Housing Project
  • Employability: Wheatley Pledge

A big congratulations to all the organisations and you can find more information on the SURF website here