Event Programme


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

Registration from 10.45am at Corpus Christi College

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.

Subject to demand, we will also be developing another tour which will include the new Westgate shopping centre.


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

12.20 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.

12.20 – 13.20pm

Lunch served in the conference centre with opportunity to visit the college gardens, facilities and dining rooms.

13.20 – 14.10pm

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: Simon Stringer, Director, Oxford Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence

Patrick McMahon, Senior Partner, Bidwells

Rob Hopwood, Partner Planning, Bidwells
Ed Briggs, Partner Rural, Bidwells

Nigel Tipple, CEO, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Naisha Polaine, Deputy Director Projects – Regeneration & Infrastructure, DTI
Cllr Bob Price, Leader, Oxford City Council
Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration & Business Support, Central Bedfordshire,

14:10 pm – 15:00 pm

Session 2 - Living the Dream

Building a sustainable, connected and desirable future for Oxfordshire is key to its success. Reflecting on plans being put in place for 100,000 homes over the next 10 years, how do we encourage longer-term, strategic thinking beyond this, that will meet the ambition?

Michael Knott, Director, Barton Willmore

John Haxworth, Partner, Barton Willmore

Adrian Colwell, Executive Director – Place & Growth, Cherwell District Council
Louisa Nie, Development Manager, Grosvenor Developments
Andrew Down, Head of Partnership & Insight, Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils
Andrew Carter, CEO Centre for Cities
John Haxworth, Partner, Barton Willmore  



15:00 pm – 15:50 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
Suzanne Malcolm, Head of Development & Regeneration, South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Council

15:50 pm – 17:00pm

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, BrookStreet des Roches

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

17:00pm – 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.

19:30 pm

Awards Dinner
The dinner will be held in the Blackwell Hall, Weston Library and will be 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 8 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.


11:00 pm


Carriages await and we will be heading to the Randolph Hotel bar for those of us who want to join us for drinks.


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

18:30 – 23.00pm

Music at OxPropFest

We are pleased to have booked two really excellent music groups – both very different but both completely appropriate for the space and the event. 

Reception: Divinity School

Harriett Rose Grant  harrietgrant.com

Harriet Rose Grant, is an acoustic singer/song writer who has been gigging around the UK for the past 4 years. Within this time, she has had the opportunity to play at some amazing gigs, festivals and supported some wonderful musicians. She is pretty proud of how far she has come on her musical journey however, she is still only just beginning. Hopefully, with the help from her supporters and my guitar, she will be playing her own songs in front of thousands one day!

“Fresh on the music scene, creating her own unique sound.” Exposed Magazine

“An acoustic singer songwriter with a fabulous unique voice and a little country twist” CMF, 2017

“We always enjoy having Harriet at our shows she uses life experiences in her songs are really tells a story through her music” Reyt Good Music Mag, 2017

Awards Programme: Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Oxford University Jazz Orchestra (OUJO) – For one big night only!

OUJO is Oxford’s leading jazz ensemble, regularly hosting its own public concerts at venues around Oxford and London, providing top quality entertainment for events, parties, and balls, as well as touring and recording at a professional level. They have many years of experience working with event’s organisers, bringing together the highest standards of jazz musicianship and entertainment with a professionalism and experience.

“Many other bands would have been daunted by this not inconsiderable challenge. Not OUJO, who triumphed.”

“Few other ensembles would have managed such a charismatic, technically impressive performance.”

“Starting the movement off was Matt Venvell’s stupendous exercise in percussive experimentation, who nearly brought down the Sheldonian as he brought his drum kit to life. This also marked the build-up to the most intense part of the performance, as the band exploded into a flurry of riotous rhythms and complex melodic lines.”

“In the second half, OUJO did not so much come onto the stage, as they exploded onto it. The home team produced an enthralling wall of sound, whilst maintaining and excellent balance and blend between its rhythm, saxophone, and horn sections. The band exuded confidence, and were clearly having a fantastic time entertaining us with a riotous selection of our favourite big band standards.” Oxford Student Union

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