Birmingham Civic Society considers all aspects of the built environment relating to planning, architecture, conservation and the public realm.

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 2016 Renaissance Award was The Pig & Tail Public House, Jewellery Quarter.

Previous recipients include The Coffin Works and The School Yard, Birmingham Museum & Art Galleries, Fort Dunlop, Birmingham Town Hall, Handsworth Park, Moor Street Station and St James’ Church, Edgbaston.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for our Planning Committee, please email

  • 29th November 2017
    We comment on the Birmingham Design Guide
  • 28th March 2018
    Centenary 2018 Renaissance Award Shortlist Announced
  • 28th March 2018
    Centenary walks, talks and family activities in April
  • 26th April 2018
    On stage at Symphony Hall
Matthew Vaughan
Committee Chair & Trustee
Committee Members

Gavin Orton Trustee
David Allen
Alan Bain
Sean Elson Trustee
Richard Garside
Harry Harper
Jon Lord
Clive Phillips
Geoff Purkiss