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

Futures Awards

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

Westgate, Oxford

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.