Old Market Quarter has been a vital gateway and market place for the best part of a thousand years. It has shaped the City of Bristol as it grew.

Like much of post-war Britain, Old Market suffered from poor urban planning. A key feature of Old Market Quarter's regeneration is the review and revisioning of both it's built environment ( particularly it's road layout and transport system) and it's neighbourhood boundaries to allow for a more sustainable residents and business community and a better representation of the area within the city.  Leighton De Burca is Old Market's Place Making Director. He will explain the regeneration strategy, tell us what has been achieved, and what is yet to come.

Ashton Court has been the subject of much attention during 2013 with a major study and public consultation to examine how to restore this  Grade 1 listed, derelict,  400 year-old house and bring it back to life.  Peter Weeks has represented Bristol Civic Society on the Working Group steering this project for many years. He  will bring the story of Ashton Court right up to date and describe the plans for its restoration and future use.

Tom Eddington is the current holder of the Civic Society's Student Award, worth £200,  given every year for an outstanding piece of work by a final year Architecture and Planning degree student at the University of the West of England.   Tom will outline the brief and explain his project to create  a garden and interior facilities to offer sensory experiences to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), on a site close to Salisbury Cathedral, drawing on themes in the novel "The Secret Garden" by Mary Lennox.

4th February 7pm The Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

Non-members £5   Members £2 (voluntary)    Booking Not Required