PROPERTY FIRM BUILDING STRONG SENIOR TEAM TO SUPPORT OXFORDSHIRE'S SCIENCE AND TECH ECONOMY

Leading property consultants Bidwells now boast one of the largest Oxfordshire-based Project Management (PM) teams in the market after welcoming new partner Tom Sampson to the Firm.

The 20-person Bidwells PM team works extensively with Oxford’s most prestigious colleges. They have delivered 2018's Stirling Prize finalist the Nazrin Shah Building for Worcester College, currently managing the delivery of Trinity College’s first major new building in 50 years and recently have handed over 135 new student rooms at Wadham College.

Bidwells’ Oxford office is expanding its specialist teams to support the company’s role in enabling the delivery of Oxfordshire’s ambitious growth strategy. Oxfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) recently launched a Local Industrial Strategy for the region that aims to double the county’s GVA to £46bn by 2040.

The world-famous science cluster is also attracting significant invesment to the region with Bidwells client Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) raising £600m in the last four years to fund innovation and the growth of the rapidly scaling up business coming out of the university.

Tom joins the Project Management team in Oxford as a Divisional Partner to bolster the senior leadership team and has over twenty years’ experience - including 11 years at Mace in London and Birmingham delivering projects worth a total of £1.2bn - working on a wide a range of private and public projects for clients including Hamberly Developments, Frontier Estates, Jaguar Land Rover and Abingdon Girls School.

Oxford Regional Office Partner at Bidwells, Richard Todd, said: “Tom is a great fit for Bidwells. He believes in Oxford’s future and understands what the region must do to achieve these ambitious goals.

“The Oxlep Local Industrial Strategy is still in its opening chapters but it’s going to be about so much more than doubling the county’s GVA. It’s about supporting our universities and science and technology businesses to ensure Oxfordshire’s knowledge economy leads the way in a reshaped UK economy and providing the correct infrastructure and housing requirements to sustain that.”

Tom said: “The region has ambitious targets to deliver but there is no doubt that central government sees our region as a trailblazer for the UK economy and that means a step-change in delivery of jobs and new developments across the sectors we operate in.

“Its hugely exciting to be joining a business so engaged in the development of this vitally important regional economy and I am thrilled at the prospect of developing the team, sharing my experiences and bolstering their capacity to take on more work.”

Bidwells’ multidisciplinary team in Oxford is supporting landowners, property investors and developers - as well as strategic delivery partners across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc - to help ensure Oxfordshire leads the regional science and technology-driven economy.

Bidwells’ Oxford have now made five new recruits and three senior promotions across the team to since the beginning of 2019 with the office now totalling over 60 team members across its Building Consultancy, Commercial, Rural, Planning and Residential teams.

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