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

Latest Posts

Air Quality

Idling action and School Streets

Planning Issues

Bonnington Walk

Planning Issues

New Temple Meads Campus

Easy Hotel

Easy Hotel

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society supports the current planning application to build a 134-bedroom hotel in a new building which will enhance a broken part of West Street and deliver a retail unit large enough for the convenience store that the area lacks.
The Chanson Foods site, Avon Street

The Chanson Foods site, Avon Street

Planning Issues /
The Society has said that the height of this development should not exceed the height of the new development north of the railway. We have alternatively suggested that the height of the northern block is reduced and the ‘lost’ space transferred to the southern block.
BRI: December 2019 update

BRI: December 2019 update

Planning Issues /
A planning committee has approved the latest proposal to redevelop the site of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Old Building in record time, with Councillors thanking officers, consultees and the developers.
Redcliffe Wharf: December 2019 update

Redcliffe Wharf: December 2019 update

Planning Issues /
In November, a revised planning application 18/06060/LA was submitted for Redcliffe Wharf development. The height of the central building has been increased and the view from Redcliffe Parade is now similar to that of the original scheme.
Visit to Brabazon Hangar: 17th January 2020 - SOLD OUT

Visit to Brabazon Hangar: 17th January 2020 – SOLD OUT

Past Events /
There is a current planning application for permission to develop an Arena in the Brabazon hangars at Filton. The Civic Society arranged a visit to the former airfield and to the hangars quite recently but this trip is focused solely on plans for the Arena.
Cumberland Basin walk: 5th January 2020 - SOLD OUT

Cumberland Basin walk: 5th January 2020 – SOLD OUT

Past Events /
The guided walk led by local landscape architect, Wendy Tippett along a pedestrian route around Cumberland Basin.
Façades and Films: 27th February 2020

Façades and Films: 27th February 2020

Events /
We have an ‘event of two halves’ on Thursday 27th February at the Friends’ Meeting House, Redland: blue plaques and Bristol documentaries.
Limbs & Things: 13th February 2020 - SOLD OUT

Limbs & Things: 13th February 2020 – SOLD OUT

Events /
We have arranged a visit to the St Philips premises of this company, which creates and manufactures models and simulators for doctors’ and nurses’ hands-on skills training- delivering babies, taking blood, key hole surgery, suturing and more.
Dame Iris Murdoch

Dame Iris Murdoch

Blue Plaques /
On Wednesday, 20 November 2019 the Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Councillor Jos Clark unveiled a blue plaque at Badminton School to celebrate the writer and philosopher Dame Iris Murdoch.
The Arc, Millennium Square

The Arc, Millennium Square

Planning Issues /
We The Curious propose to develop a moving observation capsule in the north east corner of Millennium Square. beside the listed, former Cannons Marsh railway goods shed.
Council housing developments

Council housing developments

Planning Issues /
The Society strongly supports the Council’s initiative to re-develop vacant suburban sites around the city with higher residential densities. Most of the land the Council owns.
Dame Iris Murdoch: forthcoming plaque

Dame Iris Murdoch: forthcoming plaque

Blue Plaques /
There will be an unveiling of a Bristol Civic Society Blue Plaque by the Lord Mayor at 1:55 pm on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at the entrance gate to Badminton School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3BA.