Members of the team behind Oxford University’s remarkable Life & Mind Building will address delegates at OxPropFest next month – UK Property Forums’ biggest event yet.

The striking £202 million, 25,000 sq m scheme, which replaces the Tinbergen Building, is the biggest construction project in the history of the university.

Now UK Property Forums has arranged for key figures, Chris Kennard, emeritus professor at the university, Ingo Braun, design director for world famous architect NBBJ and Jeremy Wagge, design director for Wates, to appear at the first of four fringe events at the day-long conference at Bicester Motion.

This year’s event on September 14 is the first to include fringe sessions, which will be held outside the main marquee, and all are timed to fit in with other talks so that delegates are able to attend all eight sessions, the highest number UK Property Forums has ever put on in one event.

Other fringe talks include Corridors of Growth – how Oxfordshire could expand, The Bee House at Milton Park and 40 Degree Construction – how to build in sustainability.

The main talks include Charles Rowton-Lee, partner at Savills, looking at the approach to science and technology growth in Boston, USA; Sarah Haywood from Advanced Oxfordshire chairing a debate around clusters, collaboration and innovation; Rob Allaway from DevComms leading discussion on investment in the county and Charlie Biggers, from Bidwells chairing a session on the rising demand for lab space.

At lunchtime Bicester Motion will use a four-tonne lorry to transport guests around the site, including the area designated for a new hotel and conference centre. An exhibition will run throughout the daytime.

Tickets for the awards programme in the evening have now sold out but daytime tickets are still available.

UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle (pictured at OxPropFest last year) said: “This is the biggest event we have ever held and the variety of talks really reflects how much is going on in Oxfordshire.

“The result is there will be a mine of information and a great chance to meet some of the most important property figures working in the county.

“Bicester Motion is a huge and fascinating venue so this is a great opportunity for anyone in the industry to benefit from Oxfordshire’s  property community coming together.”


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