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 (Download Here)

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
  • Thursday 2nd April: OxPropFest 2020 @Keble College
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 enjoyed a highly successful career as a commercial property lawyer, leading one of the major real estate firms in the country. Having graduated from University College Oxford and trained in the City, Hugh returned to Oxford in 1986 where he now works as a consultant to the property community. He believes that whilst there is much to admire in recent developments, the plans which are being forged to harness and accommodate the activity in the region will make the next few years the most exciting in the region for decades.

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.

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Head of Property, Culham Science Centre

Caroline is the Head of Property for UKAEA at Culham Science Centre which includes responsibility for management of the Commercial property at Culham Science Centre as well as the Culham Estate, its existing buildings and  the development of new buildings for both UKAEA and commercial property use.  Caroline’s role includes involvement in the development of the Harwell Campus as UKAEA are majority landowner and Harwell Joint Venture partner. Caroline was previously General Manager of Begbroke Science Park on behalf of the University of Oxford.  In her time there the site more than doubled in size and introduced a series of new business models for innovation, research collaboration and campus management. Caroline gained her PhD in Biotechnology from Sheffield University before working for UKAEA (then AEA Technology) at Harwell where she managed a variety of government research and export promotion programmes as well as the Marketing Department.

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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