The Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF) is a group of design and environment professionals who offer free, independent consultation on significant development proposals in the city, leading to recommendations for improvement and added value. BUDF also advises Bristol City Council on urban design policy.

Established by Bristol City Council in 2007 and managed by The Architecture Centre Bristol, the BUDF operates as an independent body and follows the model of design review panels promoted by Design Council CABE.

Through our Design Review panel, the focus is on providing input to developers and clients at an early stage of a project’s development that will enhance the quality of the design and ensure the development of a sustainable, high quality public realm. We offer guidance to teams and individuals involved in commissioning, designing, planning, managing and using buildings and the spaces between them, in the form of a written report following the consultation meeting.

The Forum helps to ensure that public investment in the built environment is effectively applied, resulting in high quality design with an emphasis on the local context.

About BUDF

BUDF is made up of a design review panel, a strategic urban design advisory group and a governing steering group. Read more

Who we are

Find out more about the range of professional backgrounds shared by our volunteer panel members. Read more

Design review

The panel invites presentations from client and developer teams, preferably at an early stage of development, and provides critical comment and guidance. Read more

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