2019 Award Categories

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In the run up to OxPropFest we shall launch the awards programme at a special event on 15th 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 which 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

  • Tuesday 15th January: Awards Programme Opens
  • 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 Consultant / Agent / Estate Agent

This prestigious award will identify the company (nominees will work across the county and will be either property consultants or estate agents working in one or all of the following sectors: office, industrial, retail 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.

Evidence can be numerical, including past award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

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Award for Best Housing Development

Showcase of a new housing scheme or development 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 housing needs. 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 be recently completed in 2018, received planning permission or consent to proceed and can include Garden Towns.

Evidence can be numerical, including past award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

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

The creation of new ‘space’ which is designed to a high standard generating a genuine change in workstyle for the occupiers and becomes a catalyst for new ways of working, generating innovation and successful growth of the businesses located in the building.

Evidence can be numerical, including past award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

Award for Best Legal Advisor and Law Firm

This prestigious award will identify the company (nominees will be a property law firm which works across the county and in one or all of the following sectors: office, industrial, retail 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.

Evidence can be numerical, including past award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

Award for Business Park Manager of the Year

The Oxfordshire 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 package 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 with the business park.

Evidence can be numerical, including past award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

Download Award Entry Form

Award for Best Use of Land

This is an award for the most enterprising use of land, buildings and turf in the cunty of Oxfordshire. As a rural economy, there are many estates in the county which are having to change their business strategies to survive as viable entities. Judges are looking for examples of estates which have fulfilled these criteria and in a document which the judges can clearly see evidence of success over the past 12 months in 2018.

Evidence can be numerical, including others award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

Award for Project of the Year

Nominations could come from come from any property sector (educational, retail, office, business park, industrial or residential) and showcases a new development or building which is planned, at planning or recently finished in 2018. Entries must showcase the need for quality buildings in Oxfordshire but is also inspirational for the users and neighbours. Last year this was category was very popular and we expect this to be the same in 2019.

Evidence can be numerical, including others award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

Futures Award (Young Person under 35) of the Year

A celebration of an under 35-year-old person who shows leadership and is an inspiration to others around them at an early stage in his career. Submissions needs to demonstrate how the individual has become an integral part of the business but also showing responsibility beyond their age. Examples of successful projects are essential including evidence of success from their ‘clients’ if possible.

Evidence can be numerical, including others award’s or just your own carefully crafted words. However, it must all be wrapped up in a short document (two pages A4 max) with supporting hi-res photos or video which may help your submission.

Award for Property Leader of the Year

Property person who has been integral to the success of the Oxfordshire property market over the period of time and not just been a one-hit wonder, so to speak. They must be able to demonstrate personal success in the property sector and also show evidence of helping their colleagues to fulfil their own goals and aspirations. A long list will be submitted from your submissions and a shortlist decided by the OxPropFest Judging Panel. However, the winner will be voted by the delegates at OxPropFest using Slido software 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.

Judges

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

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

Matthew is the Founder and Managing Director of UK Property Forums. Offering conferences, events and networking opportunities, UK Property Forums is also established in the Thames Valley, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London.  Complimented by the  FTC networking club and Thames Valley Property Awards as well also Thames Valley @ MIPIM UK. Established in 2004, the Thames Valley Property Forum is now the leading discussion and networking group for all those operating in the Thames Valley and West of London property markets. 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 market. 

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Senior Partner, BrookStreet des Roches

Hugh is BrookStreet des Roches’ Senior Partner. He is an experienced commercial property lawyer. 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 and his firm have represented a number of the major businesses and institutions in the area in their property affairs. They have recently been involved in a number of the large and exciting developments which are starting to take shape in Oxford. 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.

Roger File

Roger File

COO and Property Director, Blenheim Palace

Roger has a degree in Urban Estate Management from Oxford Brookes and an MBA in Construction and Real Estate from Reading University/College of Estate Management. He is a chartered surveyor and has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of property. He  has worked in both private practise and for large national property companies, having spent the last 15 years at the Blenheim Estate as Property Director looking after both the Estates historic assets including Blenheim Palace and the World Heritage Site as well as running the Estates extensive mixed property portfolio, development and construction businesses. In 2016 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer in addition to his responsibilities as Property Director.

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 using 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 - 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 in 1993, moving to Savills in 1998. 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, a member of the Ashmolean corporate circle, a member of the Oxford City Council Economic Growth Steering Group and a board member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  Richard is also a newly appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire and outside work he is a hockey fanatic both playing and coaching at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club.

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