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

Cargo Work in Wapping Wharf
Planning Issues

Cargo Work – Wapping Wharf


BCS Trip to Oxford June 2018

Professor Robin Jarvis reveals the plaque
Blue Plaques

Robert Southey

John Henry Iles

John Henry Iles was born in Bristol in 1871 and the plaque, at 91 Sommerville Road overlooking St Andrews Park marks his matrimonial home.

Seawalls cafe and toilets

An application for planning permission has been submitted to the Council to demolish the public toilets at Seawalls on the Downs and replace the building with a café incorporating new toilets.

Design awards winners 2018

The Bristol Civic Society Design Awards were announced by Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian, at a well-attended presentation at The Station.

The Edward Everard Building and NatWest Court

A proposal to renovate and reuse the empty offices in the Edward Everard Building to deliver a mixed-use scheme of a hotel, serviced apartments, a residential block, co-working space, and retail units.

New look website

We’ve changed and we hope you like our new look! The Bristol Civic Society website has had a facelift, the first step in creating a more engaging and interactive experience for our members and supporters.

Advert/phone kiosks

In recent weeks, there has been a surge in applications for advert/phone kiosks. No less than 25 applications have been made for dual sided screens offering telephone and wifi access.

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.