Finalists have been decided for the Oxfordshire Property Awards 2020.

Judges met on Friday, February 28 at Oxford Business Park to decided shortlists of three for each of eight categories. One further award, Leader of the Year, will be announced at the April 2 awards night at Keble College, the finale to OxPropFest.

It was a bumper year for submissions with more than 40 entries and judges spoke of the difficulty in deciding winners. Some had to leave the room where any potential conflict of interest might have arisen.

The awards aim to identify the best in class across the county and showcase them to a national audience.

Matthew Battle, chair of the judges and managing director of the event organiser and publisher of Thames Tap, UK Property Forums,  said: ‘The quality and number of the submissions made the task very tough this year. I only wish we could reward more of the people who submitted entries.

“The range of submissions appeared to reflect the diversity of projects and activity across Oxfordshire. High levels of growth and planning activity in the residential and commercial sectors has generated new many new and exciting projects.”

Tickets are still available for the Walks + Talks section of OxPropFest but a waiting list system is in operation for the Awards + Music in the evening. Around 300 tickets have already been sold.

The finalists are:
Best Property Agent / Advisor – sponsored by: FREETHS
Bidwells
Carter Jonas
VSL & Partners

Best Law Firm – sponsored by: Milton Park
Blake Morgan
Penningtons Manches Cooper 
Winckworth Sherwood

Best Planning Consultancy – sponsored by: Harwell
Carter Jonas
Edgars
Savills

Best Residential Development – sponsored by: Bidwells
Duchy Field, Bletchingdon
Hayfield Views, Great Bourton
The Street, Graven Hill Bicester

Best Commercial Development – sponsored by: Penningtons Manches Cooper
8 Hollybush Row, Oxford
Loft Oxford, Cowley Road
SOLID, Chipping Norton

Award Best Interior (Cool & Funky) Space – sponsored by: Savills
Infineum UK, Milton Hill, Abingdon
OSI (Oxford Sciences Innovation), Oxford
Oxford Works, Oxford Business Park

Project of the Year – sponsored by: Ridge
Christ Church Centre, Oxford
Infineum, Milton Hill, Abingdon
The HB Allen Centre – Keble College, Oxford

Young Person of the Year – sponsored by: Stantec
Jonty Ashworth, Bicester Motion
Martyn Dixon, Kier Construction
Monica Zemla, Harwell Campus

Property Leader of the Year – sponsored by: Morgan Sindall
To be announced on the night

Panel of judges (l-r in photo):
Hannah Smart, director, Edge Urban Design
Sebastian Johnson, head of innovation and inward investment, OxLEP (joint chair)
Agne Milukaite, chief executive, Cycle Land
Jonty Ashworth, property development manager, Bicester Heritage
Jayne Norris, director, Edgars
Hugh Blaza, associate, UK Property Forums
Penny Rinta-Suksi, partner, Blake Morgan
James Dipple, chief executive, MEPC
Dr Caroline Livingstone, head of property, EMEA, Culham Science Centre
Matthew Battle, managing director, UK Property Forums (joint chair)

Not in photo: Richard Venables, director, VSL & Partners

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