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.

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Planning Issues

Air pollution in Bristol

2018 Student Award image

Student Award


Cinematic Bristol – date to be confirmed

Visit to Finzels Reach, 9th October 2018

A walking tour of this new city quarter taking in Castle Bridge, the conversion of the former Brewery buildings and the construction of new buildings on this densely developed site.

Visit to Bristol Airport

Mr Mark Herbert, one of two planners at Bristol Airport hosted a group of 40 Civic Society members to talk about the history and future development of the South West and Wales premier regional airport.

Visit of the Salisbury Civic Society

Members of Salisbury Civic Society paid a return visit to Bristol following the Bristol Civic Society visit to Salisbury last year.

Visit to Bristol Airport – 6th September 2018

Civic Society members will hear a presentation from Mike Herbert (of Bristol airport) on the future vision for the airport, covering planning and development.

Broadwalk Shopping Centre

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.

Portwall Gate – 100 Temple Street

The Society unreservedly supports the redevelopment of this vacant site. The design of the new building is superior to the lapsed permission.

Update 21 St Thomas Street Redcliffe

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.

Bristol Royal Infirmary – new extension

The University Hospitals Bristol (UHB) proposes to build a Cardiology Research Unit (CRU) at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Visit of Salisbury Civic Society – 11th September 2018

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

Bristol Open Doors

For one weekend a year, Bristol Open Doors allows you see inside buildings old and new across the city.

Study visit to Redcliffe Area, 20th September 2018

A walking tour of the Redcliffe area led by David Martyn, Senior Conservation Architect, Bristol City Council, covering its history and architecture.

Stokes Croft

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.