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SURF e-bulletin August 2015
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SURF's December e-bulletin: All the latest news

This month, we hope you will: find out who won the 2015 SURF Awards; keep up-to-date with our 2016 Plansreview our Alliance for Action vacancy; and get something useful out of the latest regeneration news - including a surprise Turner Prize win

2015 SURF Awards: Who Won?

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice & Communities Alex Neil revealed the winners of the 2015 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow yesterday evening.

After assessing 54 SURF Awards applications and visiting 16 shortlisted projects, the independent judging panel selected six category winners: 
  • Scotland's Most Improved Large Town: Kilmarnock
  • Scotland's Most Improved Small/Medium Town: Barrhead
  • Large Scale Infrastructure: Ullapool Harbour Enhancement
  • Employability: Wheatley Pledge
  • Creative Regeneration: Laurieston's 'Open Spaces'
  • Community Led Regeneration: Helmsdale Affordable Housing Initiative
SURF Chair Pippa Coutts congratulated all the winners for their success in aligning place-based improvements with meaningful social & economic impacts

A special SURF Awards publication with in-depth information on all winning and shortlisted projects is now available on the SURF website.

The SURF Awards are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, and with additional support from several key partner organisations.

SURF in 2016: Scottish Election Question Time

SURF will be launching its substantial 2016 Manifesto for Community Regeneration on Monday 11 January.
 
SURF has been developing the manifesto since the 2014 Independence Referendum. An earlier iteration with 19 policy proposals was the subject of debate and voting at the 2015 SURF Annual Conference and complemented by contributions to our online magazine.
 
The final version, which will be highlighted in next month’s e-bulletin, will form the basis for a special regeneration question time session with leading politicians. The 'hustings' event will be convened by SURF in Edinburgh on Thursday 7 April 2016 - one month prior to the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.
 
SURF’s additional plans for 2016 include a series of transferable learning workshop events in May with the six SURF Award winners highlighted above, expansion of our Alliance for Action programme, and a seminar exploring the relationship between film, cinemas and communities. Look out for further details in the new year.
  • What Works Scotland and GCPH launched a new report on participatory budgeting (link);  
  • RTPI Scotand have produced a seven-point 2015 election manifesto (link); 
  • The Guardian is inviting readers to share the best city improvements they have seen in 2015 (link);
  • Julia Unwin of JRF will deliver the first GCPH lecture of 2016 on poverty in Scotland (link);
  • Leigh Sparks has blogged on the new town centre planning pilots programme (link);
  • Former SURF Award winner West Kilbride has been named best UK village high street (link);
  • Eurocities has produced an overview of post-industrial regeneration in Nantes (link);
  • A Glasgow City Council online survey on the regeneration of Sauchiehall is open until 15 January (link).
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SURF Vacancy: Rothesay Facilitator

SURF is advertising for a part-time Rothesay Facilitator to support the delivery of our Alliance for Action programme.
 
Rothesay on the Isle of Bute is one of three SURF Alliance for Action investment and learning sites, alongside Govan in Glasgow and East Kirkcaldy in Fife. A key Alliance objective is to link local practice with national resources with a view to enhancing wider policy and resource considerations.

The recruitment will enable SURF to build further on a range of cross-sector community regeneration contacts, assets and priorities identified in a Rothesay feasibility study.
 
Completed by SURF earlier in 2015 in collaboration with local community representatives, organisations and businesses, it produced a practical shared vision in support of the sustainable regeneration of Rothesay.
 
The closing date for applications to the three-days-per-week, Rothesay-based, position is 23 December. More information including a job description is available on the SURF website.
 
As highlighted in last month’s e-bulletin, SURF will also be facilitating a Rothesay Charrette in 2016 as part of the early Alliance for Action Rothesay programme, Scottish Government’s Community Charrette Mainstreaming Programme.

Turner Prize Win for Urban Regeneration

SURF is a keen promoter of the links between the arts and urban regeneration, as evidenced by our ‘Creative Regeneration’ SURF Awards category and our long-standing partnership with Creative Scotland.
 
We were therefore pleased to see that the 2015 Turner arts prize has been awarded to architect and urban design group Assemble for their imaginative work in the creative regeneration of a row of derelict houses in Liverpool.
 
In the Granby Four Streets initiative, Assemble worked with local residents to put long-abandoned terrace houses to productive use, including as a monthly marketplace, a distinctive urban garden (pictured), and as a base for a social enterprise that produces artworks made from construction materials.
 
The award was announced at Glasgow’s Tramway arts venue on Monday, which is hosting the 2015 Turner Prize exhibition until 17 January. Assemble also established the scrap-yard themed Baltic Street Adventure Playground
Commonwealth Games legacy initiative in Glasgow’s east end. 
  • A new economic development body for Aberdeen city & shire has been created with a £25m donation from Ian Wood (link);
  • 2016's Scottish Festival of Architecture will be launched in Cardross in February (link);
  • A free exhibition in February 2016 will showcase international low-carbon infrastructure solutions (link);
  • The gig economy was highlighted in SURF's manifesto consultations; what does it mean for daily working life? (link);
  • Proposals for 91 new homes in Ravensraig have been submitted by Barratt Homes (link);
  • Architecture + Design Scotland have published a reflection on their first ten years (link); 
  • The late William McIlvanney was a memorable SURF Awards guest speaker. The Telegraph published a detailed obituary this week (link).
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