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Shaping quality places

The City Design Group is part of the Neighbourhoods and City Development  Directorate at Bristol City Council. The practice of urban design is central to the City Design Group service. The Group comprises of two multi-disciplinary teams:

  • Place Shaping and
  • Urban Design and Conservation.

Urban designers are integrated within both.

All parts of our service are helping to shape new quality  places throughout Bristol.They are also helping to improve the quality of existing neighbourhood areas and sites.

Our services include: 


  • Archaeology: our specialists provide advice and guidance to planning officers, community groups, residents and developers.  We assess the archaeological implications of planning applications and provide information about Bristol's historic environment.  We have recently launched the web based resource Know Your Place.  We also advise on planning policy and guidance within the Bristol Development Framework. 


  •  Building for Life: our team of accredited assessors undertakes Building for Life assessments annually.  Building for Life is the national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.


  • City Design Initiative: we are promoting better recognition of the value of urban design and its outcomes. We are developing new approaches to urban design practice within the City Council. The initiative promotes good urban design across the city. We are working with the Bristol Urban Design Forum and Bristol Architecture Centre to achieve this.


  • Community Involvement: we work with community groups to develop strategies for improving neighbourhoods and guiding new development. Understanding local views and identifying opportunities for delivering positive change is part of our approach.


  • Conservation: our specialists provide advice and guidance to planning officers, community groups, residents and developers.  We assess the implications of planning applications on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.  We are responsible for determining Listed Building applications.  We also advise on planning policy and guidance within the Bristol Development Framework.


  • Legible City: originated by our urban designers in the 1990’s the Legible City is a unique concept. It aims to improve people's understanding and experience of the city. We have delivered numerous supporting projects and manage the pedestrian signing and information system. These projects have included public art, physical improvements to streets and spaces and information design.


  • Landscape Architecture: our chartered landscape architects design and deliver landscape and public realm improvement projects.  This service is available to client teams across the council and to external organisations.  Our work spans education, housing, parks, public space and historic landscape contexts.


  • Physical Regeneration (Place-shaping): our multi disciplinary team provides advice and carry out area or site-based projects.  We produce vision documents, master plans, development briefs, and public realm strategies.  Through these we plan, design and deliver physical improvements to neighbourhoods.  This service is available to client teams across the council and to external organisations.  


  • Public Art: we provide specialist advice to planning officers, developers, design teams and community groups.  We advise on the planning and procurement of public art negotiated via the planning process.  We also commission art works for clients across the Council and for external organisations.


  • Urban Design: our urban designers provide advice to planning officers, developers and community groups.  They advise on the urban design aspects of planning applications.  We also help shape planning policy and undertake specific project commissions.

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Tel: 0117 922 3366

Address: City Design Group, Brunel House, St George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UY

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The completed Filwood Broadway Framework has been endorsed locally

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:09 0 Comments

The local representative group, Community in Partnership Knowle West, has endorsed the completed Filwood Broadway Framework.  Bristol City Council’s City Design Group has worked alongside local residents and the police to produce the document.  The Framework will pave the way for major changes…


The Urbanism Awards - what places would you nominate?

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 17:39 0 Comments

You may be interested to know that the Urbanism Awards 2013 are open and The Academy Of Urbanism are encouraging nominations.  So, why not take a bit of time to nominate places from the UK and Ireland (+ mainland Europe for the City category) for an award?  Think about:

What places would you like to see recognised?

What places are offering potential lessons in good urbanism?

The Urbanism Awards seek to disseminate lessons in placemaking at the level of the City, Town,…


Invitation to create Ideas for Fosseway School, Hengrove

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 17:33 0 Comments

We're carrying out a series of consultation events starting this week to explore the potential for new housing development on the site of the former New Fosseway School. We want to hear local people's views about the site and it's surroundings, any concerns you may have and not at least how you think new housing…


Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone: Vision Workshop

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 15:00 0 Comments

On Monday 10th October around 200 people attended a workshop to develop a shared vision for the Temple Quarter. A summary of the material produced can be found by following the link.…


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