Event Programme


Wednesday 18th April, mid morning @ Corpus Christi College, Merton Road, Oxford OX1 4JF


The Oxford Property Walk


The architectural vernacular of Oxford is constantly evolving. This will be an opportunity to see at street level how modern Oxford is reacting to the many pressures it now faces as one of the most innovative and progressive cities in northern Europe. Using the backdrop of the Oxford Colleges, the Oxfordshire Property Festival walk will follow a route around the major projects currently happening in the city and provide walking delegates with a feel of some the capital spend planned by the Colleges.

As part of the walk, delegates will also have an opportunity to visit Westgate Oxford, one of the most exciting new retail projects to open in the UK in the past decade. Officially opened in October 2017, it is breaking new records for its innovative design, shop layouts and contribution toward the GDP of Oxfordshire. Working closely with the team at Westgate and Land, it will be an opportunity to see behind the scenes of one of the most successful new retail developments in Northern Europe.


Wednesday 18th April 12:30pm @ Corpus Christi College, Merton Road, Oxford OX1 4JF

12.30 pm

Festival Opens

This is the opening event of the Oxfordshire Property Festival and an opportunity to network and start to socialise with fellow delegates.

12.30 – 13.30pm

Lunch served in the college dining room

13.30 – 14.20pm

Session 1 - Oxfordshire 2050: Future Imperfect?

Regional plans come and go – however, the pressures for managing growth remains constant: decreasing stock of housing, increasing demand for affordable homes, high growth business areas, international demand for hi-tech knowledge and massive regional opportunities along the Oxford – Milton Keynes / Cambridge Arc are but a few of these pressures. Never before has the future of a UK region been so difficult to predict. 

Event Moderator: Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Key Note: TBC and Research Partner from Bidwells.

Patrick McMahon, Partner, Bidwells

Nigel Tipple, CEO, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Naisha Polaine, Deputy Director Projects – Regeneration & Infrastructure, DTI
+ Elliot Foster, Director, Advanced Oxford
+ Bob Price, Leader, Oxford City Council (TBC)
+ Representative from Cambridge Ahead / Central Bedfordshire

14:20 pm – 15:10 pm

Session 2 - Living the Dream

The ability of people to live, work and play have always been Oxfordshire’s trump card. However as the county faces pressures to build 100,000 homes by 2031, Oxfordshire will have to embrace new ways of living and become smarter in its development of property, transport, infrastructure, employment and housing solutions across the region.

Chair & Speakers
Robin Shepherd, Partner, Barton Willmore
Carolyn Organ, Planning Associate, Barton Willmore
Mike Knott, Planning Director, Barton Willmore
Nick Paterson-Neild, Town Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Adrian Collwell, Executive Director – Place & Growth, Cherwell District Council (TBC)
Lucy Mori, Development Manager, Didcot Garden Town, South Oxfordshire DC (TBC)

15:10 pm – 16:00 pm

Session 3 - Science Vale

The Oxfordshire Science Vale is generating real growth for the region and UK plc. How can the key developments across Oxfordshire region such a Milton Park, Harwell Campus and other business parks help to generate clusters of business growth such as construction, engineering, life sciences and tech?

Bhavash Vashi, Partner (Planning) – Development & Planning, Strutt & Parker

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director, MEPC

William Cooper, Partner, Harwell Campus Management
+ other invited guests

16:00 pm – 16:50pm

Session 4 - The College Bursars Roundtable

An informative session which will explore the many pressures now facing the Colleges of Oxford University and how investment in property is part of the solution. This will cover the pressures on housing new staff, the changing relationship with existing portfolios and how Colleges ensure from a property perspective they remain relevant in such a dynamic environment. 

Hugh Blaza, Senior Partner, Brook Street des Roches

John Harrison, Bursar, Corpus Christi College
James Lawrie, Treasurer, Christ Church College
Dr David Prout, Pro-VC (Planning + Resources), University of Oxford

16:50pm – 17:15pm

Session 5 - Open Forum



Please submit your award submission to us at awards@ukpropertyforums.com  by Friday, March 2nd 2018 

Judging will take place on Friday, March 9th 

Black Tie Awards Dinner, Wednesday 18th April 18:30-11:00pm @  Divinity School and Blackwell Hall, Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

18:30 pm

Drinks Reception

Drinks in the historic Divinity School (Bodleian Library) with live music playing as you and your guests arrive and have your welcome drink. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet fellow guests, potential award winners and start to feel the atmosphere for the awards evening.

19:45 pm

Awards Dinner
Hosted by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor (and Oxford resident) this will be an entertaining evening where we will celebrate the diversity and importance of property across Oxfordshire. Interweaving music and speeches into the programme, we will celebrate 10 award categories across the county and showcase the top companies in the region. Set against the unique atmosphere of some of Oxford’s finest and most historic buildings, this will be an evening to remember for you and your guests.
Please note that table bookings are limited to 230 delegates, so we recommend reserving or booking a table ASAP.

Sponsor: Peter Brett Associates

11:00 pm


Carriages await although we hope to have a friendly hotel where we can carry on the evenings activities.


Black Tie Dinner @  Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

18:30 – 23.00pm

Band TBC - The Bodleain Library

As part of the festival theme we will be introducing some new music and showcasing at various points during the evening programme. More details to follow in due course however we are pleased to confirm that we will working with graduates of the University of Oxford on a big band theme. Watch this space…

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