The task of recognising the finest in Oxfordshire’s property industry begins this month with the launch of the county’s annual property awards.

Entries for this year’s OxPropFest Awards open on Thursday, February 18 with an online launch, the start of a process which culminates at a major new event for 2021 – UKPropFest – booked to take place on Thursday, September 9 at Bicester Motion.

OxLEP chief executive Nigel Tipple will address the February 18 launch along with Harwell Campus director and last year’s winner of the Leader of the Year category, Angus Horner.

There are 10 award categories:

  • Best Property Agent/Advisor – sponsored by Freeths
  • Best Law Firm – sponsored by Milton Park
  • Best Planning Consultancy – sponsored by Harwell
  • Best Residential Development – sponsored by Bidwells
  • Best Commercial Development (industrial/science/office sectors) – sponsored by Penningtons Manches Cooper
  • Best Interior (Cool & Funky Space) – sponsored by Savills
  • Project of the Year Award – sponsored by Ridge
  • Most Innovative and Sustainable Initiative of the Year – sponsored by Bicester Motion
  • Young Property Person of the Year – sponsored by Stantec
  • Property Leader of the Year – sponsored by Morgan Sindall

The last day for entries is Friday, April 16.

A panel of judges, including many leading names in Oxfordshire’s property world, will meet on Friday, April 23 and a shortlist will be published in Thames Tap on Monday, April 26.

UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle said: “It is now time to start to look ahead and this year’s event, the fourth OxPropFest Awards, will allow us to celebrate people who really had incredible difficulties to overcome to keep the property industry moving.

“I would encourage people to drop us a line at to find out more about entering. But signing up for the February 18 launch is the best way to learn what it’s all about. ”

The UKPropFest will bring the property, science and innovation community from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and The Arc together for one special day of networking, knowledge-sharing and celebration.

A vast former aircraft hangar at the former airfield will be transformed for the occasion.

The day will begin with a choice of walks; one around Bicester Motion, one around the city of Oxford and a magical mystery tour of some of the remarkable developments in and around Bicester.

Talks will include some of the region’s key names and more details will follow during the Spring and Summer.

The awards will be the finale to the event.

Mr Battle said: “Bicester Motion is a remarkable venue for what is sure to be a truly remarkable event.

“There is so much to learn as we start to resume our lives and UKPropFest will be an excellent way to re-engage with the world and this has to be the most fascinating venue to host it.”

To book to attend the online launch visit:

Image shows Nigel Tipple against a backdrop of Hangar 113, the venue for UKPropFest 2021.

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