2019 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 2019

Confirmed Programme

  • Tuesday 15th January: Awards Programme Opened
  • Monday 1st March (5pm): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 8th March: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 11th March: Short List Announced
  • Thursday 11th April: OxPropFest 2019 @Keble College
Award for Best Property Advisor / Agent

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This prestigious award will identify the company (nominees will work across the 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, such as by closing deals, creating new business opportunities and have met their business plan objectives during the 12 months of 2018. All submissions should reflect the scope and depth of your successes in Oxfordshire, using references from clients and other supporting evidence.

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Award for Best Housing Development/Developer

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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 submissions must have been completed in 2018, received planning permission to proceed and can include Garden Towns.

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Award for Most Innovative; Enterprising Working Environment (Cool & Funky Space Award)

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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.

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Award for Best Law Firm

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This new prestigious 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 2018. Using references from clients and other supporting evidence, all submissions will need to reflect the scope and depth of your successes in Oxfordshire.

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Award for Business Park Manager

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The business park has become the location and destination of choice for many innovative and enterprising companies that are located in Oxfordshire. Cutting edge ideas and approaches to tenant management are at the centre of this offer which helps to maintain the high rents and low availability of space. Who are behind these successes and what are these companies doing to showcase their business parks to potential and existing tenants! This award will reward an individual who can show how they have driven change, ensured low number of voids, increased the rental activity and encouraged innovation within business park.

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Award for Best Use of Land

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This is an award for the most enterprising use of land, buildings and turf in the area of Oxfordshire. As a rural economy, there are many estates which are having to change their business strategies to survive as viable entities. Judges are looking for examples of estates which have adopted these criteria and can demonstrate success from adopting innovative and imaginative strategies over a period of time.

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Award for Project of the Year

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Entries will showcase Oxfordshire’s finest new quality buildings which answer the client’s brief and which become inspirational for the users and wider community. Last year this category was very popular and spilt this into two sections.

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Futures Award (Young Person under 35) of the Year

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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.

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Award for Property Leader of the Year

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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 Judging Panel. However, the winner will be voted by those at the awards diner of OxPropFest on the evening of the 11th April.

This will be a ‘live’ event and as such in the hands of the delegates on the evening. Tanya Beckett will announce the winner at the end of the evening.

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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.

Agnes Milukaite

Agnes 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.

Hannah Smart

Hannah Smart

Director & Owner

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 17 years’ experience in advising private sector clients, funders, public sector and third sector on major projects and commercial contracts.

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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