The professionals behind Oxfordshire’s thriving property sector were rewarded when hundreds gathered to celebrate the best in the industry.
The Oxfordshire Property Awards was the finale of the day-long Oxfordshire Property Festival on Wednesday, April 18, organised by UK Property Forums, along with strategic partner, OxLEP. A total of 250 attended the evening while 130 were at the conference earlier in the day. Both events were sold out.
A day that featured walks through the city and talks by those spearheading the county’s development, ended with a music and awards night, hosted by BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz at the Bodleian Libraries.
There were ten award categories and the full list of winners is as follows:
Best Housing Development in Oxfordshire
Presented by Peter Newton, Barton Willmore
Winner – Elmsbrook, North West Bicester
Highly Commended – Home Farm, Blenheim Estate
Most Innovative and Enterprising Workplace (Cool & Funky)
Presented by Graeme Beith, Handelsbanken
Winner – The Foundry, Oxford
Highly Commended – Dematic Northern Europe, Oxford
Best Property Consultant
Presented by James Dipple, MEPC
Winner – Carter Jonas
Highly Commended – Paul Basham Associates
Best Housing Solution
Presented by Bhavash Vashi, Strutt & Parker
Winner – Kiss House, Sandpath
Highly Commended – Elmsbrook, North West Bicester
Best Use of Land
Presented by Patrick McMahon, Bidwells
Winner – Bicester Heritage
Highly Commended – Henley Skate Park
Project of the Year – Commercial Brief
Presented by Penny Rinta-Suksi, Blake Morgan
Winner – Quad One, Harwell Campus
Highly Commended – 95 Park Drive, Milton Park
Project of the Year – Owner Occupier Brief
Presented by Glyn Salmon, Kier Construction
Winner – Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford
Highly Commended – Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College
Presented by Tony Russell, Peter Brett Associates
Winner – Hannah Smart
Highly Commended – Carolyn Organ
Property Leader of the Year
Presented by Hugh Blaza, BrookStreet des Roches
James Dipple, MEPC
Best of the Best
Presented by Nigel Tipple, OxLEP
Gifts were handed out to two people who were key to the event’s success: Claire Thompson from Papa Romeo PR for introductions and advice and Bhavash Vashi from Strutt & Parker who, from day one, was a driving force behind the festival.
Matthew Battle, managing director of UK Property Forums, said: “The Oxfordshire Property Festival was a great opportunity to recognise a diverse range of highly-impressive projects from across the Oxfordshire property market.
“We are very pleased to have created an event that brought the property community together.”
Nigel Tipple, chief executive of OxLEP, said: “We were delighted to partner with UK Property Forums to showcase the world-class investment opportunities that exist across Oxfordshire and celebrate property success within the county at the same time.
“It’s been great to be a part of the first-ever Oxfordshire Property Festival and celebrate this thriving sector and its importance within the county and beyond.’’
News on the talks throughout the day will be featured separately in Thames Tap.
Organisers hope to make the festival an annual event.