Public Spaces

bearpitThe Society has a Public Spaces Group that engages with proposals for improving public spaces in Bristol, mostly in the centre of Bristol – both 'green' spaces like Queen Square, Castle Park or College Green and ‘hard’ spaces such as the Centre Promenade, Millennium Square and pavements generally.

The group:

  • engages with the council’s City Design and Parks teams alongside other interest groups to comment on proposals and to try to influence the quality and use of public spaces.
  • looks to get involved in hands-on projects that help to enhance public space.
  • works alongside the council’s the council’s City Design and Parks teams, and other interest groups, including parks groups

The group’s approach to public space is to consider it as social space as well as environmental. This is illustrated well by the work of Henry Shaftoe, one of the group’s members, on “Convivial Spaces” (PDF 3,809KB).

For examples of the group’s current work, see Current Issues.

Get Involved

An ebulletin containing news of public spaces in Bristol is sent out about every other month. You do not need to be a BCS member to subscribe to it.

New group members are always welcome. Please contact the group’s chair – see Contacts.

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