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

Option 1: The Oxford Property Walk


Meet 10.30am – 12.30pm (Registration at Keble College)

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 a 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.

Option 2: Bicester – How did it become a world class brand?

Bicester Village + 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 and place.

Sponsored by: The Oxford Bus Company


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. Opportunity to see exhibition and other people promoting.

13.30 pm – 14.30 pm

Session 1 - The Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Moderator: Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc – What does it really mean for the area 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

Research Paper – Bidwell to Present

Nigel Tipple, CEO, OxLEP

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

Phil Graham, CEO, National Infrastructure Commission

14:30 pm – 14:40 pm

Session 2 - MEPC Update

MEPC Update on the 205 Vision Research

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director, MEPC

from Perkins and Will

14:40 pm – 15:30 pm

Session 2 - Land of the Innovator

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

Oxford University Innovation (OUI) and Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) have £700m committed to their research programme, per annum. The size of the research budget is generating occupier growth for new space, an need for creative ideas like ‘innovations quarters’ and an expectation that the relationship with the Oxfordshire property sector must change.

Charlie Rowton Lee, Head of Commercial Offices (Oxford), Savills

Professor Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Oxford Innovation

Dr Stuart Wilkinson, Head, Knowledge Exchange & Impact Team, University of Oxford

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director, MEPC

William Cooper, Director, Harwell Campus

15:45 pm – 16:35 pm

Session 4 - 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


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

Jolyon Price, Partner, Ridge & Partners

Richard Byard, Business Development Director, OxLEP

16:35 pm – 17:30 pm

Session 5 - Shaping a new Oxford

Shaping a new Oxford

How are the business and real estate issues of the Universities located in Oxford starting to shape and change the look and feel of Oxford?


Hugh Blaza, Associate, UK Property Forums


Nick Paterson-Neild, Partner, Barton Willmore


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

Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Representative from an Oxford College (Invited)

17:30 pm – 17:35 pm

Session 6 - Feedback Session


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.

18:30 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.

19:15 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.

22:30 pm

Keble College Student Bar Opens

23:30 pm

Close and Carriages

Carriages await as the event closes.


Bed and Breakfast at Keble College

Book direct via their website using event code UKPF19 for a single/double ensuite room.


18:30 – 23.00pm

Music at OxPropFest


We are really pleased to have booked The Walnuts as our band of choice at OxPropFest 19. They are a group of middle-aged musicians from Berkshire who play Celtic music, Folk and Americana. Well known across the Thames Valley, the band play always with a charity in mind and leave the audience with many memories. The Walnuts will be playing two sets at OxPropFest 19, during the awards and also in The College Bar afterwards. 

PS… And yes, that is Matt Allright from BBC Watchdog, he is the lead guitarist on the band. 

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