Goodman wins a prestigious David Steel award for Oxford’s most sustainable new building

30 Mar 2015

Global integrated property group Goodman and its customer British Gas were today recognised as winners of the 2014 David Steel Sustainable Building Awards, in the non-residential category, at a lunch hosted by the Lord Mayor at Oxford Town Hall. 

The awards recognise environmentally friendly, resource-efficient buildings and are named in honour of city council employee David Steel, who died in 2006. He was a dedicated officer who contributed significantly to the work of the Climate Change Action Team.

Goodman won the award for the 81,470 sq ft office scheme it developed for Centrica plc’s British Gas Business division at Oxford Business Park, which it owns and manages. The building was completed in February 2013 to the highest environmental standards. It achieved an EPC rating of A and a BREEAM rating of Excellent. The facility was designed to a high environmental specification using the latest technology including biomass boilers, solar powered hot water and photovoltaic electricity generation.

Oxford University’s Pembroke College was also honoured in the awards, in the residential category. It recently completed a substantial development as an extension to its main campus that provides 110 en-suite student rooms, six one bedroom flats, seminar rooms, a 170 seat lecture theatre, café and art gallery and a foot bridge that links the main college and Brewer Street. 

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, says: “The City Council is committed to the development of a sustainable low carbon future for our city and the country. Our Sustainable Buildings Award, named in memory of our late very well respected colleague David Steel, is a recognition of the importance of raising the threshold for energy efficiency in all our contemporary buildings. 

“I warmly applaud this year’s winners, Pembroke College and Berman Guedes, and British Gas for the outstanding contributions that they have made to the long term viability of our community with these two outstandingly well designed buildings.”

James Raven, Development Director at Goodman Business Parks, says: “We’re delighted to have won this prestigious award in recognition of our work at Oxford Business Park for British Gas. The development is one of the most environmentally sustainable of its class, having achieved an EPC rating of A and a BREEAM rating of Excellent. 

“The facility was also designed to incorporate and showcase British Gas’ latest and highest specification environmental technologies, including biomass boilers, solar powered hot water and photovoltaic electricity generation.”

John Church, Bursar at Pembroke College, says: “Pembroke College’s new buildings have already received a number of awards, and we are delighted to have won the David Steel Sustainable Buildings Award. Our original brief to the architects, Berman Guedes Stretton, was to create a legacy building, and we see sustainability as a key part of that legacy.”