Who are we and what do we do?

Bristol Civic Society is an independent, voluntary organisation that exists to improve Bristol’s built environment and celebrate its heritage. We have existed as a society for over 100 years.

Through our working groups, we seek to influence the development of major sites, and new planning and transport policy. And we monitor planning applications. New group members are always welcome. 

Our Manifesto for Bristol [PDF] describes some key high-level principles that unite us when we work to make Bristol a better place.

We put on a varied events programme. In addition to this website, we publish Better Bristol (in the spring and autumn each year) and send out (by email) regular e-bulletins and event notifications. We are an active and friendly organisation with over 400 members from all walks of life.

Forthcoming Events

Zoom event with AHMM Architects: Wed 17th March 2021

Zoom event with AHMM Architects: Wed 17th March 2021
An exploration of some of the work Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects of Bristol have been involved with in Bristol over the past decade.
In the planning for 2021: details to follow
  • Commemorative Plaques of East Clifton. The date of this event will be fixed when COVID-19 restrictions permit.
  • The Civic Society Design Awards presentation for 2021 is scheduled for September.

Latest Posts

Planning Issues

Bedminster Green River Restoration and Transport consultation

Events

Zoom event: Alec French transformational architects, 24th March 2021

Past Events

Video of Zoom event: Mapping the Medieval Town, Wed 3rd March 2021

Zoom event with AHMM Architects: Wed 17th March 2021

Zoom event with AHMM Architects: Wed 17th March 2021

Events /
An exploration of some of the work Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects of Bristol have been involved with in Bristol over the past decade.
Underfall Yard, Wed 7th April 2021

Underfall Yard, Wed 7th April 2021

Events /
A Zoom talk by Andrew Blayney, Heritage, Learning and Volunteer Manager at the Underfall Yard. The talk explores the elegant engineering behind the creation of the harbour.
Video of Zoom event Egypt-on-Avon: Wed 17th Feb 2021

Video of Zoom event Egypt-on-Avon: Wed 17th Feb 2021

Past Events /
A video of the zoom meeting with Professor Aidan Dodson of the University of Bristol. He looked at how ancient Egypt and our local area have interacted over the past two centuries.
Silverthorne Lane Conservation Area Consultation

Silverthorne Lane Conservation Area Consultation

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society welcomes the proposed Conservation Area for the Silverthorne Area, an area characterised by the historic industrial land uses and historic routes.
One Temple Way

One Temple Way

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society welcomes the proposed refurbishment and repurposing of One Temple Way a property which represents an important part of Bristol’s recent industrial history.
Zoom event, West Car Park in Clifton: Mon 15th Feb 2021

Zoom event, West Car Park in Clifton: Mon 15th Feb 2021

Past Events /
A Zoom meeting about the development proposals for the West Car Park in Clifton. This will be the first area to be developed, generating funds for the planned move of the Zoo.
Active Travel Fund schemes

Active Travel Fund schemes

Planning Issues /
The Society has responded to consultation on a number of active travel schemes proposed by the Council. The consultation was in the form of a series of engagement surveys; the Society commented generally, not on specific schemes.
Bristol Bridge 'closure'

Bristol Bridge ‘closure’

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society comments on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) in respect of Bristol Bridge and associated streets.
Video of Zoom Meeting, Designing for the Arts: Wed 13th Jan 2021

Video of Zoom Meeting, Designing for the Arts: Wed 13th Jan 2021

Past Events /
Video of a Zoom meeting with leading Bristol architect Nick Childs of Childs Sulzmann, which has experience of multiple arts projects covering different creative forms.
Awards Schemes

Awards Schemes

What we do /
The Design Awards recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design. The Student Award is presented to a final year student of Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England for outstanding work.
Seawalls cafe and toilets: January 2021 update

Seawalls cafe and toilets: January 2021 update

Planning Issues /
The Society has learned that Commons Act consent was granted for the Seawalls café on 11 November 2020.
Clean Air Zone - January 2021 update: the expected decision

Clean Air Zone – January 2021 update: the expected decision

Air Quality, Campaigns & Projects /
Mayor Marvin Rees has indicated the expected final outcome of the long process to decide action on clean air. Measures will be introduced in October.