More than 400 guests gathered to reward the finest skills in Oxfordshire’s property industry when OxPropFest 2022 reached its black tie finale on Wednesday.

Fourteen trophies were handed out by Olympic rower Greg Searle (pictured second from left) at the awards evening at the OxPropFest event at Bicester Motion, UKPF’s biggest ever day of walks, talks, expo and awards.

The evening, which began with a minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth and a rousing rendition of the National Anthem, with the help of Oxford Pro Musica Singers, culminated in presentations for Property Leader of the Year and Property Team of the Year, two awards which were not on the shortlist and only revealed on the night.

Earlier two other guests were presented with the Matt Batt Awards, a special category where winners are chosen by UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle.

Those awards went to Steven Sensecall, partner and head of planning at Carter Jonas, who was Leader of the Year,  and Nigel Tipple, representing the team at OxLEP.

Mr Battle said: “The day has been an enormous effort over many months and proved a great success with so many people coming to mark the best in class of the property world in this very special county.

“It was the single biggest event we have held and the awards attracted a record number of entries so it was an amazing day of learning and awarding the brightest and most dedicated people in our industry in Oxfordshire.

“And it was fitting that guests really joined in the singing of the National Anthem with so much passion as it has been an emotional week for us all.”

A selection of winners’ photos is published below.

The full list of winners is:

Best Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by Milton Park
Winner – Mills & Reeve
Highly Commended – Blake Morgan

Best Property Advisor – sponsored by Winckworth Sherwood
Winner – VSL & Partners (now part of CBRE)
Highly Commended – Bidwells

Best Planning Advisor – sponsored by ARC
Winner – Edgars
Highly Commended – WWA

Best Architect of the Year – sponsored by Oxford Technology Park
Winner – Purcell UK
Highly Commended – Spratley & Partners

Best Contractor of the Year – sponsored by Bidwells
Winner – Beard
Highly Commended – Morgan Sindall

Best Residential – Small Scheme (Under 10 homes) – sponsored by OxLEP
Winner – 327 Woodstock Road, Oxford submitted by Adrian James Architects
Highly Commended – 75 Botley Road submitted submitted by Robin Swailes Design & Development

Best Residential Development – sponsored by DevComms
Winner – Heyford Park, Bicester, by Dorchester Living
Highly Commended – Wolvercote Mill, Oxford submitted by Savills

Best Commercial Development – sponsored by Bicester Arc
Winner – Bee House, Milton Park submitted by SRA Architects
Joint Highly Commended – OSE, The Oxford Science Park submitted by Bidwells
Joint Highly Commended – Oxford Tech Park, Oxford Airport submitted by Oxford Tech Park

Best Innovative / Sustainability Initiative of the Year – sponsored by Mills & Reeve
Winner – FarmED, Shipton-U-Wychwood submitted by Timothy Tasker Architects
Highly Commended – Vishuddha Yoga, Oxford submitted by Adrian James Architects

Project of the Year – sponsored by Savills
Winner – The Wing, Henley-on-Thames submitted by Spratley & Partners
Highly Commended – Radley College Chapel, Radley submitted by Edgars

Young Person of the Year – sponsored by Oxford North
Joint Winner – Damon Ball, A’Bear+Ball Architects
Joint Winner – Rachel Woodman, Bidwells
Joint Highly Commended – Ed Lifely, Carter Jonas
Joint Highly Commended – George Beard, MPC

Leader of the Year – sponsored by Morgan Sindall
Winner – Steven Sensecall, Partner – Head of Planning, Carter Jonas

Team of the Year

Around £6,000 was raised on the evening for Oxfordshire charity Access Sport through a game of A Question of Access Sport, masterminded by Greg Searle.

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