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.
The Broadwalk Shopping Centre has been in administration since January 2017 and action is required to safeguard its future. The Society supports the scheme presented by Keep Architecture.
The Society unreservedly supports the redevelopment of this vacant site. The design of the new building is superior to the lapsed permission.
In 2018 the Council granted planning permission for a 8 floor block of student accommodation. The developer, the F3Group, has made a second post-permission proposal to extend the permitted building to 14 floors.
The University Hospitals Bristol (UHB) proposes to build a Cardiology Research Unit (CRU) at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Civic Society members will hear a presentation from Mike Herbert (of Bristol airport) on the future vision for the airport, covering planning and development.
A reciprocal visit following our Salisbury trip last summer. An opportunity to host the visit and show the best of Bristol.
For one weekend a year, Bristol Open Doors allows you see inside buildings old and new across the city.
A walking tour of the Redcliffe area led by David Martyn, Senior Conservation Architect, Bristol City Council, covering its history and architecture.
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.
The developer Umberslade has new plans for the offices on the corner of Cumberland Road and Wapping Road that the image shows.
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.