Stromness THI took first place in the Town Centre Regeneration Category at the SURF Awards for Best Practise in Community Regeneration in 2013. The purpose of the Town Centre Regeneration Award is to highlight and reward good practise in improving a town centre through regeneration activity.
Stromness THI was one of only 3 projects shortlisted from over 50 applications. The judges chose the Stromness THI as the winner as they valued the improvements made to the streetscape of Stromness and the project’s success in bringing derelict and empty buildings back into use. The judges were particularly impressed by the extensive naturel of initial consultation, by the holistic approach to regeneration that has resulted in a wide range of projects being developed, and by the lasting relationships built amongst key partners, including local schools, businesses, the college and voluntary groups.
Stromness THI was a finalist for the Best Use of Heritage in Place Making Awards, which is aimed at recognising regeneration work which boots local communities. The Place Making Awards recognise projects, plans, people and organisations from across the UK that have improved the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of a community.
Stromness THI was one of 6 projects short-listed from over 200 entries. The THI was chosen for its work with the conservation of historic buildings and the other ways it has capitalised on the history of Stromness and the community.
Stromness THI received a special mention at the 2012 Scottish Empty Homes Award, the first year the award had been run. The Empty Homes Award recognised a person or organisation who in the view of the judging panel, best engaged in activity to bring private empty homes back into use. The Award was intended to provide a method for showcasing exemplary contributions to the field of private sector empty homes work in Scotland.
Stromness THI was chosen for a Special Mention by the judges because they felt the project was a strong example of innovate use of vacant property and partnership working. The panel also felt the project would make a continuing impact on the town given the number of properties being brought back into use in a relatively small area.
Stromness THI was featured in the Chartered Institute of Housing’s’ Regenerating our Communities’ publication 2013. The publication showcased a selection of entries from the CIH Scotland/ Scottish Government Excellence in Regeneration Award, providing a flavour of current regeneration activity based around new or refurbished housing. To view a copy of the publication see the 'Related Sites' section of this page.
The renovation of the former Commercial Hotel was shortlisted as a regional finalist for a prestigious Civic Trust Award in 2013. The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the best example of architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design that are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community. For more information about the Civic Trust Awards see the 'Related Sites' section of this page.