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Bristol property organisations celebrate 70 years

Two leading Bristol property organisations celebrate their 70th anniversaries this year and will mark the occasion with a joint celebration at Bristol Zoo on 6th July.

The Bristol Property Agents Association (BPAA) and the Great Western Branch of the Forum for the Built Environment (FBE), also based in Bristol, have a combined membership of over 500 and have been at the forefront of property and construction issues in Bristol and the wider region continuously for the past 70 years.

John Benson, current president of the BPAA and partner at property consultancy Alder King, said: “Since 1946, the membership and positive influence of both organisations has continued to expand, embracing professionals from all sides of the property and construction spectrum. 

“While our city and local economy have changed almost beyond recognition since the 1940s, the BPAA has never forgotten our original mission: to be a force for good in the city.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this joint milestone anniversary with colleagues, friends and associates past and present, together with their partners.”

The event will be held within the Zoo grounds and will include music from the “Brass Junkies”, a prosecco sponsor and ice cream served from a vintage VW ice cream van.

Further detail is available from the organisations’ websites.


The forerunner of today’s BPAA was established in 1946 as the ‘Bristol Auctioneers and Estate Agents Association’ with the primary purpose of establishing a code of conduct and practice throughout the city.  It also aimed to promote friendship, co-operation and unity amongst Members as well as protect the public against unprofessional behaviour.  It also saw its remit as offering its expertise, opinions and market knowledge to the city’s planners on major decisions. While this relationship has evolved during the intervening decades, today there is a very healthy exchange of views on key issues, driven by the common purpose of wanting the best for Bristol.


The FBE, established in 1946 by a group of people from branches of the building and allied professionals, held an inaugural meeting in Lancashire.  Their aim was to provide business interaction and development within the industry. Membership was based on expertise and technical qualification.  The newly-born Faculty of Building (fob) grew to be a national organisation, representing a wide range of disciplines in the construction sector. As the construction industry developed and integrated with a wider range of industries and professionals, the FoB changed to incorporate members from the wider building environment, rebranding as the Forum for the Built Environment.  Today the FBE is a multi-discipline networking organisation which connects people from across the industry.

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