Event Programme 2019

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 (AM) – The OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday, 11th March – Short List Announced
  • Thursday, 11th April – OxPropFest 2019 @Keble College


Please note that the Walks are optional for all delegates however we cannot discount the tickets if you do not join the Walks.

10.30am – 12.30pm

9.30am – 12.30pm

Oxford Under Foot

Oxford Under Foot – Walking Tour Exploring Oxford New Developments

Option One – Partner: Bidwells

Meet 10.30am – 12.30pm (Registration at Keble College and take coach to Bicester and return)

Despite its extensive history, the architectural vernacular of Oxford is constantly evolving and responding to the demands of modern City life. The OPF Walk will be an unique 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 walk will follow a route around the major projects currently happening in Oxford and provide walking delegates with a feel of some the capital spend planned in Oxford including a look at the new Keble College development.

Brilliant Bicester

How did Bicester become a world class brand?

Option Two – Partners: Bicester Village and Bicester Heritage

Meet 9.30am – 12.30pm (Registration at Keble College, coach to Bicester and return for lunch)

Visited by many different nationalities from around the world and held up as a beacon of modern living in the UK, the town of Bicester has not only become an become a world brand for retail shoppers but also a home for a new, vibrant Oxfordshire based settlement. Bicester Village, Bicester Heritage and other partners will be involved in hosting this event which will look at the property, design and development approaches which have helped to make Bicester into a world class brand.



We have availability at OxPropFest in the Talks section for 200 people and we are keen to build on last year attendance of 130 delegates. Please also note that the Walks are optional for all delegates however we cannot discount the tickets if you do not join the Walks.

12.30 pm – 13.30 pm

Lunch served at Keble College

Lunch served at Keble College with opportunities to network with the delegates booked onto the Talks part of OxPropFest 18.

13.30 pm – 14.30 pm

Session 1 - The Growth Corridor

Moderator: Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

The Growth Corridor – What does it really mean for the county of Oxfordshire?

Over the past 12 months a new powerhouse has been created – The Growth Corridor, linking the fast growth areas of Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. Plans and investments hopes are high but what are the realities for the county of Oxfordshire? Is this an opportunity or just another damp squib for the property sector?


Patrick McMahon, Senior Partner, Bidwells




Nigel Tipple, CEO, OxLEP

Tom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive, Homes England (Invited)

Naisha Polaine, Head of Projects – Large Capital, Department International Trade (DIT) (Invited)

14:30 pm – 15:20 pm

Session 2 - Land of the Innovator

Land of the Innovator – What do fast growing occupiers really want from the Oxford property sector?

Led by the Oxford University Innovation (OUI) and Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), this session will reveal how the £700m committed to research each year is generating occupier demand for new space, an interest in creating innovations quarters in Oxford and a desire for greater collaboration with the Oxfordshire property sector.

Hugh Blaza (Former Senior Partner, BrookStreet des Roches)

Representative from OUI / OSI

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director, MEPC

William Cooper, Director, Harwell Campus

15:20 pm – 16:10 pm

Session 3 - Top Gear

Top Gear – How Oxfordshire is driving the world automobile industry.

The automobile industry has become one of the most powerful drivers for growth across the Oxfordshire region. What must this cluster do to maintain its world class position? Where should it invest and how can the property sector help to maintain this thriving sector?


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


Dr Christopher Aylett, Chief Executive, Motorsport Industry Association


Dr Caroline Livingstone, Head of Property – EMEA, Culham Science Centre

Jonty Ashworth, Property Development Manager, Bicester Heritage (Invited)

Jolyon Price, Partner, Ridge & Partners

16:10 pm – 17:00 pm

Session 4 - The College Bursars Roundtable

An informative session which will explore some of the issues now facing the colleges of Oxford University and how the investment in property could be part of the solution. This session will cover the pressures on housing new staff, the changing relationship with existing portfolios and how the colleges ensure from a property perspective the University of Oxford remains relevant.


Barton Willmore


Dr David Prout, Pro-VC (Planning + Resources), University of Oxford



17:00 pm – 17:15 pm

Session 5 - Delegate Feedback


Programme of Events

Pre-Event – Programme

  • Tuesday, 15th January – Awards Programme Opens
  • Monday, 1st March (5pm) – Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday, 8th March (AM) – The OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday, 11th March – Short List Announced

The Big Day – Programme

Thursday, 11th April – OxPropFest 2019 @Keble College

OxPropFest is a Black Tie Dinner to be held at Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG. The venue seats 300 people for the dinner and we are now taking bookings. Please note that in 2018 we sold out quickly and, in an effort, to avoid disappointment we suggest early booking of spaces. The cost of each Awards + Music ticket includes a three course meal, a limited amount of wine and of course access to the Student Bar afterwards.

18:15 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.

19:15 pm

Awards Evening Begins
The dinner will be held in the dining hall at Keble College. 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 9 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.

10:30 pm

Keble College Student Bar Opens

11:30 pm

Close and Carriages

Carriages await as the event closes.


18:30 – 23.00pm

Music at OxPropFest

Content is being worked on. If you would like to be involved in OxPropFest please do make contact at info@ukpropertyforums.com 

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