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

Front views of Edward Everard building
Planning Issues

The Edward Everard Building and NatWest Court

New website on PC, tablet and phone
News

New look website

Planning Issues

Advert/phone kiosks

Taviner’s Buildings Prewett Street

On the corner of Somerset Street and Prewett Street, the scheme would comprehensively redevelop and regenerate a brownfield site between Proctor House and Broughton House, part of the Council’s Redcliffe estate.

Shortlist for the 2018 Design Awards

The panel has shortlisted the following projects for the Bristol Civic Society Design Awards.

Visit to Filton Airfield

On the 23rd May forty plus members of Bristol Civic Society were hosted on their visit to Filton Airfield by YTL Development.

Little Paradise, Bedminster

The Society welcomes the Dandara Group’s proposal to demolish and redevelop buildings that do not contribute to the vitality and appearance the area, but it regrets that it cannot support the current scheme.

The menace of LED advertising screens

For several years the Society’s Planning Applications Group has been campaigning to limit the spread of LED advertising screens. In recent weeks, there has been a surge in applications for LED advertising screens. No less than 25 applications have been made for dual sided screens offering telephone and wifi access.

City Centre Framework

Bristol Council has been consulting on a draft City Centre Framework, covering a relatively small part of the city centre – Old City, Lewins Mead, Broadmead, bottom of M32, Castle Park, North Redcliffe.

Cargo Work

Umberslade proposes office space in re-purposed shipping containers inside the Grade II listed gaol walls, providing office space in re-purposed shipping containers with a central atrium to provide natural light across 5 levels.

St Mary’s Hospital

On the 25th May 2018, the Council granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the St Mary’s Hospital site to create a student housing development of 153 bedspaces.

Bristol Royal Infirmary

Historic England have two assessments to make in parallel. An application to list the building and an application from Unite Students for a Certificate of Immunity from listing. This was the Society’s response.

Visit of Salisbury Civic Society – 11th September 2018

A reciprocal visit following our Salisbury trip last summer – more details nearer the date. An opportunity to host the visit and show the best of Bristol.

Transport in Bristol

Report on an event on 24th April arranged in response to the many requests we receive from people trying to find out exactly what’s happening with the complex transport initiatives in Bristol.

Tall buildings and densification

Bristol City Council is reviewing its approach to increasing the density of development in the city, which will replace its tall buildings policies. It has consulted on draft policies. Following the Mayor’s lead, the policies encourage tall buildings.