Welcome to OxPropFest 2020

Replaced by the UK Prop Fest Webinar on 15th /16th September

Due to COVID-19 and subsequent Government restrictions for the events business, we are unable to hold this event as planned. However, we have planned a Webinar event on the 15th/16th September with 20+ speakers and contributors. Please see our website for information and bookings.

Why not tune into our free UK Prop Fest webinar?

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Celebrating the value of property across Oxfordshire

WALKS

See Oxford at street level and view the changing architectural vernacular as it strives to become one of the most innovative and progressive Cities in northern Europe.

FULL PROGRAMME

TALKS

Listen to the people making the decisions on the future of Oxfordshire and be challenged by speakers with different views and approaches to the many issues driving the region.

FULL PROGRAMME

AWARDS

Celebrating success is essential and the giving of awards is a simple but effective way of saying, well done and across Oxfordshire, there is much to celebrate.

FULL PROGRAMME

MUSIC

At any festival, music is often the glue which brings everyone together. Working with local musicians, music will play a part of the Festival and making it a success. 

FULL PROGRAMME

2020 OxPropFest Speakers

Will Gompertz

Will Gompertz

BBC Arts Editor

Sarah-Jane Curtis

Sarah-Jane Curtis

Bicester Motion

Naisha Polaine

Naisha Polaine

Department of International Trade

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Bicester Heritage

Sue Foxley

Sue Foxley

Bidwells

Charles Rowton-Lee

Charles Rowton-Lee

Savills

Hayley Beer-Gamage

Hayley Beer-Gamage

Experience Oxfordshire

Ahmed Goga

Ahmed Goga

OxLEP

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Bidwells

William Cooper

William Cooper

Harwell Campus Management

Sarah Haywood

Sarah Haywood

Advanced Oxford

Richard Venables

Richard Venables

VSL & Partners

2020 OxPropFest Judges 

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Bicester Heritage

Penny Rinta-Suksi

Penny Rinta-Suksi

Blake Morgan

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Culham Science Centre

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

UK Property Forums

Agne Milukaite

Agne Milukaite

cycle.land

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

OxLEP

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Penningtons Manches Cooper

Jayne Norris

Jayne Norris

Edgars

Richard Venables

Richard Venables

VSL & Partners

James Dipple

James Dipple

MEPC

Hannah Smart

Hannah Smart

edge Urban Design

2020 AWARD CATEGORIES

Dates for your diary!

Following feedback from last year’s inaugural event, widely acclaimed and seen as a new benchmark in regional awards events, OxPropFest has developed a programme which is tailored to the Oxfordshire property market and also provides delegates with an opportunity to experience one of Oxford’s finest dining venues.

Confirmed Programme

  • Thursday 23rd January: Awards Programme Officially Opens
  • Friday 21st February (6pm): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 28th February: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 2nd March: Short List Announced (see Thames Tap article)
  • Wednesday 9th September*: OxPropFest 2020 @Keble College (*revised date)
Award for Best Property Agent/Advisor

Sponsored by: FREETHS

About this award:
This prestigious award will identify the company (nominees will work across the area of Oxfordshire and will be a property advisor/agent working in one or more of the following sectors: office, industrial, retail or housing) who can demonstrate that they have been active in the Oxfordshire marketplace. Evidence could include the number of deals closed, creation of new business opportunities and how they have met their business plan objectives during the 12 months of 2019. Alternative measures could include investment in sustainable approaches to business or adoption of creative ways which encourage growth and loyalty amongst employees. All submissions should reflect the scope and depth of your successes in Oxfordshire, using references from clients and other supporting evidence to help provide information for the Judges. Having an office in Oxfordshire is not essential for this award.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Law Firm

Sponsored by: Milton Park

About this award:
This award will identify law firms operating in the built environment, construction and real estate sectors (nominees will work across the area of Oxfordshire in one or all of the following: office, industrial, retail and/or housing) who can demonstrate that they have been active in the Oxfordshire marketplace, closing deals, creating new business opportunities and have matched their business plan objectives during the 12 months of 2019. Alternative measures could include investment in sustainable approaches to business or adoption of creative ways which encourage growth and loyalty. Using references from clients and other supporting evidence, all submissions will need to reflect the scope and depth of your successes in Oxfordshire. Having an office in Oxfordshire is not essential for this award.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Planning Consultancy *New in 2020

Sponsored by:    Harwell

About this award:
Planning activity across Oxfordshire is intense. As new developments come on stream and submitted, commercial developers and private clients are increasingly turning to planning consultants for advice and guidance. Planning consultants need to demonstrate in their submissions a clear strategy to answer the brief, a logical process to achieve planning permission and feedback from their client post submission. Alternative measures could include investment in sustainable approaches to business or adoption of creative ways which encourage growth and loyalty. Having an office in Oxfordshire is not essential for this award.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Residential Development

Sponsored by: Bidwells

About this award:
New housing is an important part of Oxfordshire vision for growth. This award recognises a housing development (or developer) which manages to achieve the proverbial holy grail of matching the needs of the planners, the local community and help to fulfils the needs of Oxfordshire’s housing plans. Submissions need to showcase an approach to quality design, placemaking, materials and the procurement process helping to ensure the successful completion of the project. To be accepted, the project must have been completed or a section have been finished in 2019 and could include designs for Garden Towns or Urban Villages.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Commercial Development *New in 2020

Sponsored by: Penningtons Manches Cooper

About this award:
Office and industrial development activity across the whole of Oxfordshire has been strong. This award encourages submissions from development teams who have been involved with new projects in these sectors and can demonstrate that the buildings have matched the clients brief and are part of the Local Plan to generate new income for Oxfordshire. Attaching references from clients and other supporting evidence will always help the judges in their deliberations

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Interior (Cool & Funky) Space

Sponsored by:  Savills

About this award:
Judges are looking for the creation of new space, which is designed to a high standard, generates a genuine change in workstyle for the occupiers, and becomes a catalyst for new ways of working, generating genuine innovation and successful growth of the businesses. Entries can include interior projects which are inspirational for the occupiers and have a high level of design. Attaching references from clients and other supporting evidence will always help the judges in their deliberations.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Project of the Year

Sponsored by: Ridge

About this award:
A special award for a special project. Entries for this award will showcase Oxfordshire’s finest new quality buildings which answer the client’s brief, and which become inspirational for the users and the wider community. Alternatively, it could include a new build project which has been constructed to a high-level of finish, design and procurement. Entries can come from across all sectors including the educational and retail sectors, which have both been past winners of this award. At the discretion of the judges, entries may also be submitted from other categories for this award.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Young Property Person of the Year

Sponsored by:  Stantec

About this award:
A celebration of a person under 35 who has showed leadership and is an inspiration to others around them. Submissions need to demonstrate, not only how the individual has become an integral part of the business, but also how they have shown responsibility beyond their age. Examples of successful project delivery may include evidence of success from their ‘clients’ in the form of references and case studies. This could include graduates, apprentices and junior members of the team who have recently joined the company.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Property Leader of the Year

Sponsored by:  Morgan Sindall

About this award:
Nominations are encouraged from across the property sector from individuals who have been integral to the success of the Oxfordshire property market over a period of time and have not just been a one-hit wonder, so to speak. They must be able to demonstrate not only personal success in their business but also show evidence of helping to fulfil the goals and aspirations of their colleagues. For this award, a long list of submissions will be submitted to the Judges and the winner will be announced at the in the final presentation of the evening by the joint chair of the judges, Nigel Tipple and Matthew Battle.

Download Award Entry Form

SCHEDULE

In the run up to OxPropFest, the awards programme was launched at a special event on 23rd January at Harwell Campus. Following feedback from last year’s inaugural event, widely acclaimed and seen as a new benchmark in regional awards events, OxPropFest has developed a programme which is tailored to the Oxfordshire property market and also provides delegates with an opportunity to experience one of Oxford’s finest dining venues.

Confirmed Programme

  • Thursday 23rd January: Awards Programme Officially Opened
  • Friday 21st February (6pm): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 28th February: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 2nd March: Short List Announced
  • Wednesday 9th September*: OxPropFest 2020 @Keble College (*revised date)

WALKS

Please note that the Walks are optional for all delegates however we cannot discount the tickets if you do not join the Walks.

10.30 – 12.30

10.30 – 12.30

Option 1: Keble College Quarter Walk

Partner: 

Walk One – Keble College Quarter Walk (FULL)

Meet 10.30am  (Registration at Keble College)

Max 30 (two groups of 15).

This exclusive tour will include a walking visit to the OxPropFest 2019 Project of the Year Winner, The Beecroft Building located opposite Keble College in Oxford. This will be followed by a tour of the recently completed H B Allen Centre which was commissioned by Keble College and designed by MICA Architects.

(Note: Delegate must purchase ticket for Walks+Talks to go on this tour, numbers are restricted – registration required.)

Option 2: The Street @ Graven Hill

Sponsored by:    

Walk Two – The Street @ Graven Hill

Max 45 (one group leaving by coach from Keble College and returning for lunch)

Meet time: 10.30am at Keble College, Oxford (Bus stop nearby)

This exclusive tour will take delegates by coach to this unique project which claims to be ‘the most exciting self and custom build community’ and was recently featured on the Channel 4 Grand Designs programme. The tour will be led by Adrian James Architects who have been involved with the project and have designed some of the houses.  The tour will include the rest of the Graven Hill development site and a visit to another award winning scheme located at Bicester.

(Note: Delegate must purchase ticket for Walks+Talks to go on this tour, numbers are restricted – registration required.)

TALKS

We have availability at OxPropFest in the Talks section for 200 people and we are keen to build on last year attendance of 130 delegates. Please also note that the Walks are optional for all delegates however we cannot discount the tickets if you do not join the Walks.

  • All Sessions are subject to change *

12:30 – 14:00

14:00 – 14:50

14:50 – 15:40

16:00 – 16:50

16:50 – 17:40

17:40 – 17:45

Lunch served at Keble College

Lunch served at Keble College. Opportunity to see exhibition and other people promoting.

Session 1 - Power of the Partnership

Moderator: Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Can collaboration lead to innovation – Oxfordshire has many world beating partnerships which drive growth, development and investment. Which companies are leading these partnerships and what developments have been generated from these partnerships?  

Chair
Charlie Rowton-Lee, Head of Commercial Agency, Savills

KeyNote
Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration, Legal & General

Panel
Alistair Cory, Director – Begbroke Science Park, University of Oxford
Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive Officer, OxLEP
Angus Horner, Director, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus
Dr Caroline Livingstone, Head of Property, UKAA – Culham Science Centre

Session 2 - Landing the Arc

Inspirational policy ideas for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc powerhouse and the role that Oxfordshire can play in this ground-breaking initiative has been captured in the Radical Regeneration Manifesto. An opportunity to discuss the outputs of this report and how the Government is supporting the initiative.

Chair
Richard Todd, Partner, Project Management, Bidwells (Head of Office)

Speaker
Sue Foxley, Research Director, Bidwells
Ahmed Goga, Director of Strategy & Programmes, OxLEP

Panel
Naisha Polaine, Senior Advisor Property & Capital Investment, Department of International Trade (DIT)
Sarah Haywood, Managing Director, Advanced Oxford

Session 3 - Transformative Technologies

How the digital and technology revolution has generated imaginative solutions and helped to create a new narrative for people to live, work and play in a more environmentally and carbon aware county of Oxfordshire.   

Chair
Hugh Blaza, Consultant, Pennington Manches Cooper/UK Property Forums

Speaker
Bindu Varkey, Managing Director, The Mob Ox Foundation

Panel
Veronica Reynolds, Sustainable Travel Advisor, Milton Park
Phil Shadbolt OBE, Chairman, Bicester Vision (Invited)

Session 4 - Visit Oxfordshire

How the Oxfordshire tourist market is driving growth across the property sector.  What are the implications for ‘brand’ Oxford as it competes in this Brave New World?

Chair
Richard Venables, Director, VSL & Partners (Invited)

Speaker
Hayley Beer-Gamage, CEO, Experience Oxfordshire

Panel
Jonty Ashworth, Property Development Manager, Bicester Motion
Dominic Hare, Chief Executive, Blenheim Palace (Invited)
Miranda Markham, Bicester Village and Retail Value Added (Invited)

Summary Session

Close and get ready for OxPropFest 2020 Awards!

AWARDS

Programme of Events

Pre-Event – Programme

  • Thursday 23rd January: Awards Programme Officially Opened
  • Friday 21st February (6pm): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 28th February: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 2nd March: Short List Announced

The Big Day – Programme

  • Wednesday 9th September – OxPropFest 2020 @Keble College: Winners Announced

OxPropFest is a Black Tie Dinner to be held at Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG. The venue seats 300 people for the dinner and we are now taking bookings. Please note that in 2019 we sold out quickly and, in an effort, to avoid disappointment we suggest early booking of spaces. The cost of each Awards + Music ticket includes a three course meal, a limited amount of wine and of course access to the Student Bar afterwards.

18:30 – 19:15

19:15 – 22:30

22:30 – 23:30

23:30

 

Drinks Reception

Sponsored by:  

An excellent opportunity to meet fellow guests, potential award winners with a welcome drink and start to feel the atmosphere for the awards evening.

Awards & Dinner

For the OxPropFest 2020 awards, we have freshened the awards programme and introduced some categories and also tighten up the existing format. Currently we have 9 awards to present which have been nominated by companies working across the county of Oxfordshire. Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and Oxfordshire resident (almost) is our returning moderator and will present the awards to the winning companies and individuals.

Music will be provided by the Oxford Pro Musica Singers and will include a choral introduction for guest as they arrive into the Great Hall at Keble College for the Awards Evening. We are also looking at having some additional music in the College Bar at Keble College for the after party. More to follow on this idea in due course.

The fun never stops in Oxfordshire.

 
 
 
 
Keble College Student Bar
 
 
 
 
 
Close and Carriages

Carriages await as the event closes.

Bed and Breakfast at Keble College

Book direct via their website for a single/double ensuite room.  

MUSIC

19.15 – 19.45

Music at OxPropFest

We are pleased to announce that the Oxford Pro Musica Singers have confirmed their involvement at OxProFest 20. The singers will be performing a range of choral arrangements as the dinner guest arrive into The Great Hall at Keble College for dinner. Many thanks to Philip Waddy who leads the architects, planners and urban designers West Waddy ADP for assistance with the music.

Partners

If you’d like to become one in 2020 please contact us 0203 478 7340 or  info@ukpropertyforums.com

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

EVENT PARTNERS

AWARD PARTNERS

RECEPTION PARTNER

MUSIC PARTNER

TRAVEL PARTNER

HOTEL PARTNER

CHARITY PARTNER

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The Location

Keble College
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PG

 

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