Through our Planning Committee, the Society promotes the highest quality in the design of buildings and the public realm. We consider all areas of our built environment including planning, architecture, conservation, regeneration, urban design, transport and landscape architecture.

Our Planning Committee has developed a reputation for thoughtful, independent and constructive input and, as a result, is regularly consulted by developers during the initial design stages of projects and the City Council during the planning process.

The Planning Committee is formed from architects, urban designers, planners, surveyors and those with an interest in Birmingham’s built heritage.

The annual Renaissance Award is organised by our Planning Committee. It is awarded to what is considered to be the most successful conservation project completed in the City, be it the restoration of a derelict building, park or structure or the conversion of a redundant and neglected building. The recipients of the 2014 Renaissance Award were The Coffin Works and The School Yard. Previous recipients include Birmingham Museum & Art Galleries, Fort Dunlop, Birmingham Town Hall, Handsworth Park, Moor Street Station and St James’ Church, Edgbaston.

For more information, please email info@birminghamcivicsociety.org.uk.

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  • 2016 Renaissance Award: Planning Committee Report and Recommendations
    27th April 2017
  • Chairman’s Spring update
    27th April 2017
  • ‘The City Beautiful’ - Centenary logo competition
    30th March 2017
  • Councillor Ray Hassall
    30th March 2017
Gavin Orton
Committee Chair & Trustee
Gavin is a Birmingham based architect and worked in the city for over a decade as well as promoting and celebrating it’s architecture through roles with the RIBA.
Committee Members

David Allen
Katie Kershaw
Mark Balkham
Geoff Purkiss
Clive Phillips
Jon Lord
Joe Turner
Harry Harper