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

Baldwin Street traffic
Air Quality

The Council decides on a Clean Air Plan: is it worth having?

Planning Issues

Globe House

Planning Issues

Leisure Island

Former Soapworks Building

Former Soapworks Building

Planning Issues /
The developer First Base proposes to redevelop the site of the former Gardiner Haskins Homecentre between Old Bread Street and Straight Street, Old Market.
Annual Social Evening: 22nd January 2020

Annual Social Evening: 22nd January 2020

Events /
Following our tradition of New Year social evenings, we are holding an event next January in the Watershed.
Bristol-Kyrle-Society

Annual General Meeting: 2nd June 2020

Events /
The Annual General Meeting in 2020 will take place on Tuesday 2nd June at the church of St Michael on the Mount Without.
University of Bristol Library: October 2019 update

University of Bristol Library: October 2019 update

Planning Issues /
The proposed University of Bristol new library will be located on the site of the current Hawthorns building. The Society continues to support a development of a library on this site but regrets that it cannot support this proposal.
Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol

Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol

News /
The report on an event organised jointly by Bristol Civic Society and University of the West of England as part of Festival of Future City.
BRI car park: October update

BRI car park: October update

Planning Issues /
University Hospitals Bristol has appealed against the Council’s refusal in March 2019 of the planning application to build a multi-storey car park in Marlborough Street.
Broad Plain Public Real Strategy Consultation

Broad Plain Public Real Strategy Consultation

Planning Issues /
The Society has responded to the City Council’s consultation which builds on the Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Plan.
Balázs Győrffy

Balázs Győrffy

Blue Plaques /
A blue plaque commemorates the life of theoretical physicist Balázs Győrffy, who fled Hungary following the Russian invasion in 1956.
Former fire station

Former Fire Station: September update

Planning Issues /
Planning permission was granted on the 23rd September on Planning Officer’s recommendation to approve with the Chair’s casting vote.
Bristol Royal Infirmary: Sept 2019 update

Bristol Royal Infirmary: Sept 2019 update

Planning Issues /
There is an excellent likelihood of a happy ending to this long planning story. Unite Students have retained Alec French Architects to make a planning application which the Society unreservedly supports.
Western Harbour Road consultation

Western Harbour Road consultation

Planning Issues /
The Council has published three options to simplify the Cumberland Basin road system which was constructed in an age that championed motorway-style urban road systems. The Society is critical of the current consultation.
Silverthorne Lane: September update

Silverthorne Lane: September update

Planning Issues /
Square Bay, the developer, has now made a planning application for outline permission for plot 1 which is for an academic building for Bristol University.