Irvine in the running to be named Scotland's Most Improved Town
Posted on 31 Oct 2017
Irvine is in the running to be named Scotland’s Most Improved Town after being shortlisted in a prestigious national awards.
The nomination recognises the dramatic, ongoing regeneration taking place in the town and the spin-off benefits it brings to local residents.
Irvine has been selected as a finalist - alongside Middlefield in Aberdeen and Shawlands in Glasgow – for the title of Scotland’s Most Improved Place in the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) Awards.
Judges visited Irvine yesterday (Tuesday) where they were given a guided tour of the continuing work to regenerate the town.
As part of their tour, they visited the recently-opened Fullarton Community hub, and Quarry Road to see the location for the additional sport and leisure facilities that are under development.
The judges were also told of the ongoing proposals to improve the public realm in Irvine town centre, complementing the work carried out at Bridgegate, as well as the residential developments and ambitious plans for the i3 Irvine, Innovation and Industry Park.
And their visit was rounded off with a tour of the Portal leisure centre and refurbished Townhouse.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “We are delighted to welcome the judges to Irvine and thrilled that the tremendous work being delivered in Irvine has been recognised at a national level.
“To be shortlisted in these prestigious awards is testament to the commitment shown by the Council, our partners and the local community to create a vibrant and sustainable future for the town.
“However, this is about more than buildings – it’s about the people that we serve and how the regeneration of Irvine affects them, whether that’s accessing new leisure facilities or attracting new jobs through sites such as i3.”
Irvine was previously nominated for the title of Scotland’s Most Improved Large Town in 2015 but was named runner-up to Kilmarnock.
Since then, there have been a number of improvements and developments to the town, leading to this latest nomination.
The SURF Awards is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and recognises best practice and innovation in community regeneration. The winners will be announced on Thursday, 7 December.