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


Cinematic Bristol Redux: 13 February 2019

Air Quality

Missed air quality deadline


High density or high liveability?: 25th February 2019

Bristol Royal Infirmary update

Unite, who are the current owners of the Charity Universal Building, have not so far proceeded with their appeal against the planning refusal of their first planning application.

New University Library

The Society supports redevelopment of the Hawthorns and the construction of a new Arts and Social Sciences Library (the Library) but regrets that it cannot support the current scheme.

Bedminster Green

Bedminster Green developers have instructed the Bath firm of Nash Partnership to produce a Framework of planning guidance for the development area.

Midland Road

A proposal to build 62 flats, 100% affordable housing and a café in a 6-storey L-shaped building on Midland Road and Midland Street, Old Market.

Stokes Croft update

A proposal for 348 bed-spaces of student accommodation with ground floor employment space, retaining and refurbishing a listed building at 25 Wilder Street.

Watershed – St. Augustine’s Reach

Watershed has an urgent need for space to expand several of its successful activities. The proposal is to build an extension on the Marriott Hotel side described as ‘backpacking’ the shed.

Former Fire Station

Cubex propose to build 300 homes together with a 7-storey commercial building on Counterslip and Temple Street, formerly occupied by the Avon Fire And Rescue Service Headquarters.

St. Michael’s Hill – lecture theatres

The University of Bristol proposes new lecture theatres on St. Michael’s Hill, just to the left of the former Children’s Hospital.

59-68 Feeder Road St. Philips

A proposal to build up to 760 student bedrooms, 30 affordable dwellings and up to 1200sqm of ‘flexible’ commercial floor space in Feeder Road, St Phillips.

Taviner’s Buildings: update

On the 28th November 2018 the Planning Committee refused the Taviner’s Buildings planning application.

Women’s Suffrage Blue Plaque

One hundred years after women voted in British Parliamentary elections for the first time, a blue plaque ceremony took place in Clifton. Bristol MP, Thangham Debbonaire was guest of honour at the occasion.

Routes to Clifton: 22nd May 2019

The untold story of street improvement in Victorian Bristol – a talk by Peter Malpass.