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. 

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.

Latest Posts

Bristol Airport

Visit to Bristol Airport – 6th September 2018

Salisbury Civic Society logo

Visit of Salisbury Civic Society – 11th September 2018

Bristol Open Doors logo

Bristol Open Doors

Study visit to Redcliffe Area, 20th September 2018

A walking tour of the Redcliffe area led by David Martyn, Senior Conservation Architect, Bristol City Council, covering its history and architecture.

Visit to Finzels Reach, 9th October 2018

A walking tour of this new city quarter taking in Castle Bridge, the conversion of the former Brewery buildings and the construction of new buildings on this densely developed site.

Stokes Croft

Watkins Jones, a student accommodation specialist, has acquired a large site on the opposite side of Backfields to the former Coroner’s Court. The Society strongly supports redevelopment of this site but regrets that it cannot support this proposal.

Cargo Work – Wapping Wharf

The developer Umberslade has new plans for the offices on the corner of Cumberland Road and Wapping Road that the image shows.

BCS Trip to Oxford June 2018

What do Oxford and Bristol, two seemingly very different cities, have in common? Skylines under threat; insurmountable transport challenges; ugly in-your-face-developments; an expanding student population and a shortage of affordable housing. Quite a lot, it turns out.

Robert Southey

On Monday 18 June a plaque was unveiled at Kingsdown Parade to commemorate a celebrated Bristolian, Robert Southey.

John Henry Iles

John Henry Iles was born in Bristol in 1871 and the plaque, at 91 Sommerville Road overlooking St Andrews Park marks his matrimonial home.

Seawalls cafe and toilets

An application for planning permission has been submitted to the Council to demolish the public toilets at Seawalls on the Downs and replace the building with a café incorporating new toilets.

Design awards winners 2018

The Bristol Civic Society Design Awards were announced by Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian, at a well-attended presentation at The Station.

The Edward Everard Building and NatWest Court

A proposal to renovate and reuse the empty offices in the Edward Everard Building to deliver a mixed-use scheme of a hotel, serviced apartments, a residential block, co-working space, and retail units.

New look website

We’ve changed and we hope you like our new look! The Bristol Civic Society website has had a facelift, the first step in creating a more engaging and interactive experience for our members and supporters.

Advert/phone kiosks

In recent weeks, there has been a surge in applications for advert/phone kiosks. No less than 25 applications have been made for dual sided screens offering telephone and wifi access.