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Congratulations to the winners of the SURF Awards 2013

06 December 2013

It was a night of celebration for the Highlands and Islands on Wednesday night as three projects from the region were announced as winners out of five categories at the SURF Awards 2013.

Announced at a celebratory dinner at Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel by Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, five winners were chosen from a shortlist of 15 regeneration projects across five categories.

The three winners from the Highlands and Islands are:

  • Stromness Townscape Heritage Initiative (Orkney) – Town Centre Regeneration category
  • Orkney Micro Renewables Community Interest Company (Orkney) –  Infrastructure & Social Benefits category
  • Oban Phoenix Cinema (Argyll & Bute) – Community Led Regeneration category

The national SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration are held each year and aim to:

  • 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.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) aims to see every community across the region reach its full potential. For almost 50 years we have been nurturing the development of dynamic sustainable communities. We work alongside local groups and organisations making a real impact on people's quality of life.

Rachael McCormack, Director of Strengthening Communities at HIE, commented: “Once again, community projects from across the Highlands and Islands have had their hard work, dedication and resolve recognised at a national level. Each of the shortlisted projects have made tangible differences to their communities, revitalising local assets and benefiting residents. We wish to congratulate all the winners for their outstanding achievements.”

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 2013 were assessed by a panel of 21 independent judges, who are drawn from national regeneration-related organisations and community groups.

The following 15 regeneration projects – three in each of five categories – were shortlisted for the 2013 SURF Awards:

  • Support to Work

    Winner:
    • Project SEARCH Scotland

    Also shortlisted:
    • Carishea Employability Mentoring Programme (Inverclyde)
    • North East Sensory Services (Aberdeen)

    This category is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government’s Employability Team.
  • Town Centre Regeneration

    Winner:
    • Stromness Townscape Heritage Initiative (Orkney)

    Also shortlisted:
    • The Birks Cinema Revival (Perth & Kinross)
    • Campbeltown CHORD Town Centre Regeneration (Argyll & Bute)

    This category is delivered in partnership with Architecture + Design Scotland.
  • Infrastructure & Social Benefits

    Winner:
    • Orkney Micro Renewables Community Interest Company (Orkney)

    Also shortlisted:
    • Corkerhill Pitches (Glasgow)
    • Dundee Central Waterfront (Dundee)
  • Creative Regeneration

    Winner:
    • The Portal, Govan (Glasgow)

    Also shortlisted:
    • Big Noise Raploch (Stirling)
    • “We Are Here”: Roanheads Public Art Project (Aberdeenshire)

    This category is delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland.
  • Community Led Regeneration

    Winner:
    • Oban Phoenix Cinema (Argyll & Bute)

    Also shortlisted:
    • Douglas St Brides Community Centre Restoration (South Lanarkshire)
    • Neilston: “Building Our Future” (East Renfrewshire)

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