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.

OxPropFest Award Entry Pack 2020 (to follow)

Confirmed Programme

  • Thursday 23rd January: Awards Programme Opened
  • Friday 14th February (noon): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 21st February: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 24th February: Short List Announced
  • Thursday 2nd April: OxPropFest 2020 @Keble College
Award for Best Agent

Sponsored by: TBC

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. 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.

Award for Best Law Firm

Sponsored by: TBC 

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. Using references from clients and other supporting evidence, all submissions will need to reflect the scope and depth of your successes in Oxfordshire.

Best Planning Consultancy

Sponsored by:    TBC

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 their clients brief, a logical process to achieve planning permission and feedback from their clients (this award is new for 2020).

Award for Best Residential Development

Sponsored by: TBC

About this award:
Recognition of a new 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.

Award for Project of the Year

Sponsored by:

About this award:
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. Entries can include interior projects which are inspirational for the occupiers and have a high level of design ensuring tenants higher productivity levels. Alternatively, it could include a new build project which has been constructed to a high-level of finish, design and procurement. A special award for a special project.

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by: TBC

About this award:
New in 2020, this award is open to any employer who can demonstrate how they have invested in their employees to produce a better working environment. Judges will be looking for submissions which proactively champions young people in the property, design and construction sectors in Oxfordshire. Alternative measures could include investment in sustainable approaches to business or adoption of creative ways which encourage growth and loyalty. Entrants could come from Oxfordshire employers, business park owners and real estate asset owners employing property teams.

Networker of the Year

Sponsored by:  TBC

About this award:
Nominations will be encouraged from across the Oxfordshire property, design and construction sectors to identity a long list of names who can be judged as being effective at business networking. Nominees must be well known within the market and identifiable by their approach to professional networking and business development. The winner of this award will be decided on the evening by all the attendees of OxPropFest 2020, using the online voting slido system.

Futures Award (Young Person under 35) of the Year

Sponsored by:  TBC

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 and this could also include recent graduates who have joined the company.

Award for Property Leader of the Year

Sponsored by:  TBC

About this award:
Nominations from professionals in the property sector who have been integral to the success of the Oxfordshire property market over a period of time, not just a one-hit wonder, so to speak. They must be able to demonstrate personal success and evidence of helping to fulfil goals and aspirations of colleagues. A long list of submissions will be submitted, and a shortlist decided by the OxPropFest 2020 Judging Panel.

Judges

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Property Development Manager, Bicester Heritage

Jonty is the Property Development Manager at Bicester Heritage, the Centre of Excellence at the core of the historic motoring industry. Bicester Heritage has trailblazing plans to deliver the UK’s first 425 acre experiential resort to champion automotive motion of the past, present and future. His background is major project delivery and master planning, providing a diverse range of projects in motorsports, leisure and tourism. Project examples include: Zhejiang International Circuit, China; Royal Air Force Museum, London; BMW Park Lane , Born Electric showroom; Media City UK (BBC), Salford; BMW UK HQ and various Jaguar Land Rover projects.

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

Managing Director, UK Property Forums (Joint Chair of the Judging Panel)

Matthew is the Founder and Managing Director of UK Property Forums. Established in 2004, UKPF enables conferences, events and networking opportunities across the Greater Thames Valley region including Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury. As part of the range of events which UKPF have created, he leads UK Prop Social, a networking club for 150+ members and also the Thames Valley offer at MIPIM UK and MIPIM Cannes, France. Having lived and studied in the Thames Valley, he is very informed about the region and passionate about the development of a group for all those involved in the Thames Valley property markets. 

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Hugh is an experienced commercial property lawyer who worked for Brook Street des Roches where he was the Senior Partner. Having graduated from University College Oxford and trained in the City, Hugh returned to Oxford in 1986. He has worked in and around the city ever since. Hugh is a great advocate of the improvement and enhancement of the built environment and thinks there is much to admire in what has taken place in recent years. He nevertheless believes that this period promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of the city and of the region generally.

James Dipple

James Dipple

Chief Executive, MEPC

James is a chartered surveyor and has over 35 years’ experience in commercial property. He joined MEPC in 2008 as a main Board Director and Managing Director for Milton Park and Silverstone Park before being promoted to CEO in 2014. In a previous role he led Milton Park’s modernisation between 1997 and 2001, and was instrumental in developing a number of well-known business parks in the UK whilst a commercial partner at Strutt and Parker. James has a keen interest in architecture and the built environment. He is a mentor for students studying Land Management at University of Reading where he gained his degree. In his spare time James enjoys sailing and cycling.

Agne Milukaite

Agne Milukaite

Founder, cycle.land

Agne Milukaite is the founder of www.cycle.land. The peer-to-peer bicycle sharing platform cycle.land aims to revolutionize the journeys that are 5 miles or less. Prior to launching this venture, Agne worked for a Canadian home robotics company in Berkeley, California. She received her MSc in Migration Studies at University of Oxford and as a social scientist by training and an entrepreneur by making is passionate and excited about the discussion on sharing economy and solving travel problems in cities like Cambridge and Oxford.

Jayne Norris

Jayne Norris

Director, Edgars

Jayne began her professional planning career working for the PSI (Power Station Impact) team at Oxford Brookes whilst a post graduate planning student. This was followed by twenty years in local government at South Oxfordshire District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council. In 2007 Jayne joined Edgar as a Director. Her experience spans 24 years across the spectrum of planning work, including Development Control, Local Plans, Enforcement, Heritage Proposals, Appeals and Environmental Impact Assessment, in both local government and private practice. Jayne was elected as a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1989, having completed an MSc in Urban Planning from Oxford Brookes University.

Hannah Smart

Hannah Smart

Director & Owner, Edge Urban Design

Winner of the Oxford Property Festival Young Person of the Year for 2018, Hannah is a leader in her field and promotes high-quality development and regeneration through her comprehensive and inspiring design process. Hannah recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary “The Newbuilds are Coming”, which followed a housing development through the Planning System; observing the extensive design process and detailed consideration that takes place behind the scenes of the development industry. She has been involved with masterplans and visions for NW Bicester Eco Town and successfully designed and delivered mixed-use masterplans of between 1 and 20,000 units in the South East, predominantly in Oxfordshire. A rising star of the future. 

Penny Rinta-Suksi

Penny Rinta-Suksi

Partner, Blake Morgan

Penny is a commercial lawyer and an OxLEP non executive director. She leads Blake Morgan’s Local Government England team with over 19 years’ experience in advising private sector clients, funders, public sector and third sector on major projects and commercial contracts. She has strong experience in the leisure, culture and housing sectors and sound working knowledge of education, health, financial, manufacturing, waste and energy markets. Penny leads on combined housing, leisure and civic infrastructure projects, working on innovative regeneration models to include joint venture vehicles and private sector partnering and contracting.

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, OxLEP (Joint Chair of the Judging Panel)

Nigel joined OxLEP in June 2013 and has made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

Richard Venables

Richard Venables

Director, VSL & Partners

Richard was educated at St Edward’s, Oxford and Exeter University where he gained a geography degree. He commenced his surveying career in 1989 at Gerald Eve in London. He joined James Offen and Partners and in 2002 jointly started VSL. Richard has considerable experience in office, industrial, retail, development and investment agency work. Richard dedicates considerable time and energy to economic and cultural development in Oxfordshire. He is a board member of Experience Oxfordshire and Active Oxfordshire, a member of the Ashmolean corporate circle, a member of the Oxford City Council Economic Growth Steering Group and Chair of Reciprocate.  Richard was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire in 2017 and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2018/19. Outside work he is a hockey fanatic playing at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club and an enthusiastic park runner.

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