Event Programme 2020

In the run up to OxPropFest we shall launch the awards programme at a special event on 23rd 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

  • Thursday 23rd January: Awards Programme Opened
  • Friday 14th February (noon): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 21st February: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 24th February: Short List Announced
  • Thursday 2nd April: OxPropFest 2020 @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

10.30am – 12.30pm

Option 1: Keble College Quarter Walk


Walk One – Keble College Quarter Walk

Meet 10.30am  (Registration at Keble College)

Max 30 (two groups of 15).

This exclusive tour will include a walking visit to the OxPropFest 2019 Project of the Year Winner, The Beecroft Building located opposite Keble College in Oxford. This will be followed by a tour of the recently completed Acland building which was commissioned by Keble College and designed by Rick Mather Architects.

(Note: Delegate must purchase ticket for Walks+Talks to go on this tour, numbers are restricted – registration required.)

Option 2: The Street @ Graven Hill

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Walk Two – The Street @ Graven Hill

Max 45 (one group leaving by coach from Keble College and returning for lunch)

Meet time: 10.30am at Keble College, Oxford (Bus stop nearby)

This exclusive tour will take delegates by coach to this unique project which claims to be ‘the most exciting self and custom build community’ and was recently featured on the Channel 4 Grand Designs programme. The tour will be led by Adrian James Architects who have been involved with the project and have designed some of the houses.  The tour will include the rest of the Graven Hill development site and a visit to another award winning scheme located at Bicester.

(Note: Delegate must purchase ticket for Walks+Talks to go on this tour, numbers are restricted – registration required.)


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.

  • All Sessions are subject to change *

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch served at Keble College

Lunch served at Keble College. Opportunity to see exhibition and other people promoting.

14:00 – 14:50

Session 1 - Power of the Partnership

Moderator: Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Can collaboration lead to innovation – Oxfordshire has many world beating partnerships which drive growth, development and investment. Which companies are leading these partnerships and what developments have been generated from the partnership?

Charlie Rowton-Lea, Savills

Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration, Legal & General

Alistair Cory, Director – Begbroke Science Park, University of Oxford
Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive Officer, OxLEP
+ Invited guests from Harwell and Advanced Oxford have been invited

14:50 – 15:40

Session 2 - Radical Regeneration Manifesto

Inspiration policy ideas for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc powerhouse and the role that Oxfordshire can play in this ground-breaking initiative which is now getting Government support.

Patrick Mahon, Senior Partner, Bidwells

Naisha Pollaine, Senior Advisor Property & Capital Investment, Department of International Trade (DIT)
+ Invited guests

16:00 – 16:50

Session 3 - The Oxfordshire Commute

How the digital and technology revolution has generated imaginative transport solutions across the county of Oxfordshire and helped to create a new narrative for the Oxford commute. 

Barton Willmore

Professor Tim Schwanen, Director of Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford *Invited

Bev Hindle, Director, Oxford Growth Board and Oxford Cambridge Arc Leaders and CEx Group
Veronica Reynolds, Sustainable Travel Advisor, Milton Park
Phil Shadbolt OBE, Chairman, Bicester Vision
Dr Caroline Livingstone, Head of Property, Culham Science Centre

16:50 – 17:40

Session 4 - Visit Oxfordshire

How the Oxfordshire tourist market is driving growth across the property sector and what are the implications for ‘brand’ Oxford as it competes in this Brave New World.

Bhavash Vashi, Partner – National Development & Planning, Strutt & Parker

Hayley Beer-Gamage, CEO, Experience Oxfordshire

Jonty Ashworth, Property Development Manager, Bicester Motion

Representatives from Bicester Village and Retail Value Added

17:40 – 17:45

Session 6 - Feedback Session

Close and get ready for OxPropFest 2020 Awards!


Programme of Events

Pre-Event – Programme

  • Wednesday 4th December: Awards Programme Opened
  • Friday 21st February (6pm): Awards Submission Deadline
  • Friday 28th February: OxPropFest Judges Meeting
  • Monday 2nd March: Short List Announced

The Big Day – Programme

  • Thursday, 2nd April – OxPropFest 2020 @Keble College: Winners Announced

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 2019 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.


Drinks Reception

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An excellent opportunity to meet fellow guests, potential award winners with a welcome drink and start to feel the atmosphere for the awards evening.


Awards Evening Begins

For the OxPropFest 2020 awards, we have freshened the awards programme and introduced some categories and also tighten up the existing format. Currently we have 9 awards to present which have been nominated by companies working across the county of Oxfordshire. Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and Oxfordshire resident (almost) is our returning moderator and will present the awards to the winning companies and individuals.

Music will be provided by the Oxford Pro Musica Singers and will include a choral introduction for guest as they arrive into the Great Hall at Keble College for the Awards Evening. We are also looking at having some additional music in the College Bar at Keble College for the after party. More to follow on this idea in due course.

The fun never stops in Oxfordshire.


Keble College Student Bar Opens


Close and Carriages

Carriages await as the event closes.


Bed and Breakfast at Keble College

Book direct via their website for a single/double ensuite room.  Code: UKPF20

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