Welcome to

UKPropFest 2021

and OxPropFest Awards

Thursday 9th September 2021 @ Bicester Motion, Bicester, Oxfordshire. 

Bringing the property, science and innovation community from The Arc,
Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire regions together for one, very special day
of networking, knowledge-sharing and celebration.

* Heathy & Safety: All delegates and attendees will need to adhere to our Covid 19 rules *

REGISTER HERE

Thursday 9 September 2021

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Celebrating the value of property across The Arc and Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire regions.

EXPO

Using the unique backdrop of Hangar 113, exhibitors can showcase their services and products in an environment guaranteed to generate business development opportunities.

WALKS

Exclusive tours of the Bicester Motion development plans and the unique environment of which is Bicester Heritage. Additional tours will include Oxford and business parks.

TALKS

Listen to the people making the decisions on the future of the region and be challenged by speakers with different views and solutions which reflect our changing world.

AWARDS

Celebrating success is essential and the giving of OxPropFest 2021 Awards will be a simple but effective way of saying – Well done, to the winning schemes and people.

Partners

If you’d like to become one in 2021 please contact us 0203 478 7340 or  info@ukpropertyforums.com

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

EVENT PARTNERS

EXPO PARTNERS

WALK PARTNERS

TALK PARTNERS

AWARD PARTNERS

VENUE PARTNER

RECEPTION PARTNER

MUSIC PARTNER

BEER PARTNER

HOTEL PARTNER

FORMAL WEAR PARTNER

CATERING PARTNER

CHARITY PARTNER

OUR APPROACH TO COVID-19

The health and safety of our guests, suppliers, and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor and follow Government regulations and guidance throughout the planning, opening, and running of all our events and we ask that everyone visiting our events please familiarise themselves with the latest Government advice before they attend. This page will be regularly updated in accordance with Government advice.

Please note: If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms associated with Coronavirus (Covid-19) you will not be permitted entry to the event.

As capacity restrictions have been lifted, we ask that all guests bring with them proof of double-vaccination, a recent negative lateral flow test, or natural immunity. Doing so is simple and can be done via one of the following ways:

  • Proof of full vaccination should you have received both doses at least 14 days prior to your performance time. You can present this certification via the NHS COVID Pass within the  NHS App, or internationally recognised equivalent. If you do not have a smart phone, please click here, for details of how to request an NHS COVID Pass letter.
  • Present proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test via the NHS App, or a text message or email from  NHS Test and Trace. This test must be taken within 48 hours before attending the Festival; or
  • Should you have natural immunity based on a positive PCR test taken within 180 days of the festival, please present this proof via the NHS COVID Pass within the  NHS App
  • Please note that this only applies to festival attendees aged 18 and over; those under the age of 18 will be asked for verbal confirmation (by them or by a parent or guardian on their behalf) that they have not received a positive test for COVID-19 within the last 14 days and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Any issues make contact.

EXPO

Using the unique backdrop of Hangar 113, exhibitors will be able to showcase their services and products in an environment guaranteed to generate business development opportunities.  We have enough space for companies to create and build a platform that will reflect their company range of skills and packages which are cost effective, and all-inclusive.

Contact us to receive an information pack with costs and details: info@ukpropertyforums.com

WALKS

Entry ticket will include an option to join us on one of the Walks. Options include to stay on site at Bicester Heritage or leaving the site on one of the coaches to visit Oxford City Centre or maybe a tour of Bicester including a visit to Westcott Venture Park. All tours are unique and include exclusive information and access passes.

10:15 - 12:00 Walk 1: Westcott Space Visit

Sponsored by:   

The Westcott Space Visit with Westcott THIS TOUR IS  NOW FULL

Located 15 mins from the Bicester Motion, this will be an exclusive visit to the Westcott Venture Park to see how space and technology are coming together, and the property offer. The tour will go via Bicester Business Park.

(Coach leave sharp at 10.15 am and return by 12.00 pm from outside front entrance)

*All Walks are subject to demand and permissions: THIS TOUR IS  NOW FULL

** All tours will leave from outside Hanger 113 but timings and details may vary

12.15 - 13:00 Walk 2 : Bicester Motion

Partners:

Exclusive walk around the Bicester Heritage site with an opportunity to see some of the existing motor workshops, new building and the extent of the proposed new development. THIS TOUR IS  NOW FULL

 

*All Walks are subject to demand and permissions THIS TOUR IS  NOW FULL

** All Tours will leave from outside Hanger 113 but timings and details may vary

TALKS

Using the voluminous space, which is Hangar 113, we will use the tables and staging to be used for the Awards in the evening as the location for the Talks. Over the past 12 months, we have been talking with many people and are starting to develop our list of speakers and partners who are keen to engage with delegates and showcase their views.

Talk sessions have now been confirmed and will cover the following subjects: On the Road to Net Zero, Creating the Oxford Innovation Eco-System, Chemical Brothers: How science became part of the property family, and finally, Colouring in the Green Arc. Topics and speakers will cover the key sectors of offices, science, residential and the future growth of legacy cities such as the City of Oxford.

09:00 - 10:00 Talk 1 - On the Road to Net Zero

Welcome!

Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Dan Geoghegan, Chief Executive, Bicester Motion + Sarah-Jane Curtis, Property Director, Bicester Motion

TALK ONE

On the Road to Net Zero

As COP26 in Glasgow approaches, the eyes of the world are on the UK. How are Oxford’s landowners, academics, and investors responding to the global challenge of reaching Net Zero?

With so many competing financial pressures, how can we deliver Net Zero while still achieving our short-term goals and maintaining a global competitive advantage over countries less ambitious in their targets.

CHAIR

Richard Todd, Regional Office Partner, Bidwells

SPEAKERS + PANEL

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, University of Oxford

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive Officer, OxLEP

Roland Bull, Head of Rural Investment, Bidwells

Phil Parker, Bursar at Brasenose College, Oxford

11:00 - 12:00 Talk 2 - Creating the Oxford Innovation Eco-System

TALK TWO

Creating the Oxford Innovation Eco-System

The City of Oxford is experiencing a once in a generation development boom. Where are the developments planned and how do they satisfy the need for commercial spaces and affordable housing? And will the creation of innovation quarters be an opportunity for the City of Oxford to jump ahead in the race to attract the next generation of Start Up and Unicorn companies?

CHAIR

Sarah Haywood, Managing Director, Advanced Oxford

SPEAKERS + PANEL

Tom Bridgman, Executive Director – Development, Oxford City Council

Anna Strongman, CEO, University of Oxford Development

Steve Burgess, CEO, Oxford Trust

William Donger, Director, Thomas White Oxford (Oxford North)

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch served at Bicester Heritage

Lunch and Networking

Lunch served at Bicester Heritage. Opportunity to see the exhibition and other people promoting in Hangar 113.

13:30 - 14:30 Talk 3 - Chemical Brothers : How science became part of the family

TALK THREE

Chemical brothers: How science became a part of the property family. 

The clusters of life science, aviation, space, future energy, tech, and mobility continue to expand and multiply. How can the property sector help to facilitate the growth of these eco-systems and how can real estate match supply with demand in this fast-growing sector?

CHAIR

Charlie Rowton-Lee, Head of Commercial Agency (Oxford), Savills

SPEAKERS

Steve Chatfield, Special Advisor – Life Sciences, Savills (TBC)

Dr Babara Ghinelli, Director – Clusters and Harwell Business Development, UKRI-STFC

PANEL

Alistair Lomax, Director, Arc Universities Group

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director, Milton Park

Caroline Livingstone, Head of Campus Development – UKAEA, Culham Science Centre

15:30 - 16:30 Talk 4 - Colouring in the Green Arc

TALK FOUR

Colouring in the Green Arc

The creation of new homes, settlements and garden towns are an integral part of The Arc narrative. But can a ‘green arc’ be delivered and what are the driving ESG principles behind a successful and sustainable masterplan for The Arc?

CHAIR

Rob Allaway, Managing Director, Dev Comms

SPEAKERS + PANEL

Andrew Taylor, Director (Head of Planning), Countryside

Nick Hayes, Partner – Head of Sustainability, Ridge

Bev Hindle, Executive Director, Oxford – Cambridge Arc Leadership Group

Dr Jayne Manley, CEO, Earth Trust

UKPropFest Speakers include

Greg Searle MBE

Greg Searle MBE

Gold Olympic Rower

Hayley Beer-Gamage

Hayley Beer-Gamage

Experience Oxfordshire

Sarah-Jane Curtis

Sarah-Jane Curtis

Bicester Motion

Ahmed Goga

Ahmed Goga

OxLEP

Sarah Haywood

Sarah Haywood

Advanced Oxford

Charles Rowton-Lee

Charles Rowton-Lee

Savills

Anna Strongman

Anna Strongman

Oxford University Development

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Bidwells

AWARDS

OxPropFest Awards 2021 is back for the fourth year, bigger and better. A Black Tie dinner which will be held in Hangar 113 at Bicester Heritage with a confirmed guest list of 300* but with the space to boost attendance to 500+. Our aim is to create a spectacular event which celebrates everything that is good about the Oxfordshire and The Arc property markets. Costs include a pre-dinner drink, three course meal, wine** and coffee and access to the Hangar 113 Bar afterwards.

Our Hotel partner is Holiday Inn Express, Bicester – use reference UKP for a discount.

*We have carried over the postponed bookings from 2020 at Keble College

**We shall allocate one bottle of red and white per table

Programme of Events – 2021

Pre-Event – Programme

  • Official Launch Webinar – Thursday, 18th February – an online event with Judges
  • Deadline for Submissions – Thursday, 22nd April
  • Judges Panel Meets – Friday, 21st May
  • Shortlist Announced in Thames Tap – Monday, 24th May

EVENING PROGRAMME

Dinner and Awards Ceremony – Thursday, 9th September @ Bicester Motion (Hangar 113) – Winners Announced

18:15 – 19:15
19:15 – 22:30
22:30 – 23:30
23:30
Drinks Reception

Sponsored by:  Bicester Arc

An excellent opportunity to meet fellow guests, potential award winners with a welcome drink and start to feel the atmosphere for the awards evening. This will be hosted in the Hangar 113 Bar at Bicester Motion and note that guests change into their black tie at the venue, we will be providing appropriate changing rooms.

Awards & Dinner

For the OxPropFest 2021 awards, we have freshened the awards programme and introduced new categories. Following the judging process which was completed in May, we received 38 submissions for the 10 awards, and which will be presented on the evening to the award winners by Greg Searle MBE who is Rowing Olympic Gold Medallist.

Music upon arrival will be provided by the Oxford Pro Musica Singers and will include a choral introduction for guests as they arrive at Hangar 113 for the Awards Evening. We are confident that bookings will reach 400+ and we have room in Hangar 113  which is big, airy, and perfect for social distancing. Price includes pre-dinner drinks, a three-course meal, and a limited amount of wine.

Hangar 113 Bar
Close and Carriages

Carriages await as the event closes. Please note we have a partnering agreement with Holiday Inn in Bicester should you want to stay local.

2021 AWARD CATEGORIES

Despite the trials and tribulations generated by the arrival of COVID-19 last February, judging for OxPropFest Awards 2020 was completed and although we had to postpone the awards ceremony in April at Keble College, the awards were presented to the Winners (and Runners Up!) at our virtual awards ceremony held in September 2020. Building upon this programme, we will be repeating this successful format for the OxPropFest Awards in 2021.

See Awards Pack for more information.

Award for Best Property Agent/Advisor

Sponsored by: 

About this award:
This prestigious award will identify the company (nominees will work across the area of Oxfordshire and will be a property advisor or 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 2020. 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:

About this award:
This award will identify law firms operating in the built environment, construction and real estate sectors 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 past 12 months. 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

Sponsored by:   

About this award:
Planning activity across Oxfordshire continues to be intense. As new developments come on stream and submitted, private and public sector clients 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:

About this award:
New housing is an important part of Oxfordshire’s 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 2020 and could include designs for Garden Towns and Urban Villages.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Commercial Development (Industrial/Science/Office Sectors)

Sponsored by: 

About this award:
Industrial, science and office 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: 

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: 

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 Most Innovative and Sustainable Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by: 

About this award:

Oxfordshire is seen as a location for fast growth businesses which explore the world of innovation and collaboration. Bicester Motion is very much part of this world and we want to identify an idea, product, service or person which reflects this spirit of innovation and brings a warm feeling to the market after the carnage caused by COVID-19. This award does not have to be rooted in property but does need to show ambition and a connection to the unique benefits of doing business in Oxfordshire.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Young Property Person of the Year

Sponsored by: 

About this award:
A celebration of a person under 35 years of age, 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 or Team of the Year

Sponsored by: 

About this award:

Nominations are encouraged from across the property sector from individual, or teams, 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. When submitting a Team for the award, we will be looking for a team effort beyond the call of the normal working day, especially relevant over the past difficult 12 months. 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

2021 OxPropFest Judges

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Bicester Heritage

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

UK Property Forums

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

UK Property Forums

James Dipple

James Dipple

MEPC

Andrew Farmery

Andrew Farmery

Blake Morgan

Angus Horner

Angus Horner

Harwell Campus

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Culham Science Centre

Agne Milukaite

Agne Milukaite

cycle.land

Jayne Norris

Jayne Norris

Edgars

Hannah Smart

Hannah Smart

edge Urban Design

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

OxLEP

Richard Venables

Richard Venables

VSL & Partners

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 that 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 18th February: Awards Programme Officially Opened by Webinar
  • Friday 16th April (6pm): Awards Submission Deadline 
  • Friday 21st May: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 24th May: Short List Announced in Thames Tap
  • Thursday 9th September: OxPropFest 2020 @  Bicester Motion in Bicester

The Location

Bicester Heritage
Hangar 113, Buckingham Road, Bicester OX26 5HA

Website: Bicester Motion
Website: Bicester Heritage