David Steel Sustainable Buildings Award

The David Steel Sustainable Buildings Award aims to recognise leading sustainable developments in Oxford. The award is nominated in memory of David Steel, a dear colleague to many, who made a valuable contribution to Oxford City Council and the Climate Change Action Team.

Developments are assessed on the level and quality of the environmentally friendly solutions which are incorporated into the design of the building. The judging panel for the award is made up of Councillors and experts from the City Council.

We want to encourage higher standards of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in developments. We aim to achieve this through the implementation of planning policies including the Natural Resources Impact Analysis Supplementary Planning Document.

For a development to be nominated it must be demonstrated to exceed the requirements of existing planning policies and incorporate sustainable features.

2014 Winners

Two buildings were awarded the David Steel Sustainable Buildings Award 2014 at a ceremony which took place in March 2015.

The first winner was the student accommodation development by Pembroke College on Brewer Street. Over 30% of the energy for the development comes from on-site renewable energy sources including ground source heat pumps and a solar water heating system.

The second winner was the British Gas Building on John Smith Drive. This building includes a number of renewable energy technologies including solar panels, biomass boilers and solar thermal collectors.

Previous Winners


Tattersalls, which consists of three properties built with high environmental standards throughout, including ground source heat pumps and triple glazing.

Student accommodation at Somerville College which consists of 68 student rooms and new teaching, library archive and ancillary facilities on the Radcliffe Infirmary Site.


Blue Planet Corner, Oxford High School's 2011 Building, St John's College and the Council houses at Lambourn Road.


Magdalen School extension and Brasnose College student accommodation, Hollybush Row.


Ruth Deech Building, St. Annes College in Woodstock Road.


34 East Street in Osney Island, Oxford.