Chartered architects and town planners

Founded in 1962, Vincent and Gorbing is a company of chartered architects and town planners, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. We offer a range of services tailored to suit a client’s particular requirements, from a feasibility study to a full design service, a simple planning report or expert representation at a public enquiry. We have close links with professionals in allied disciplines, engineers, surveyors, lawyers and landscape architects for example, and we are able to assemble project teams with appropriate expertise to tackle projects of any shape or size.

We are always delighted to welcome new clients with new opportunities and fresh challenges. We take our work personally and every member of our architectural and town planning teams has long associations with individual clients that respect their advice and professionalism. This bespoke personal approach is key to our continuing success and much of our work comprises repeat commissions from a growing list of private and public sector clients at an individual, local and national level, covering a wide range of building types.


Company birth and growth

In 1946, Stevenage was designated as a New Town, the Development Corporation at the time being led by architects and planners Leonard Vincent and Ray Gorbing. Responsible for the first pedestrianised town centre, unique cycle network and local neighbourhood centres in residential areas, they were key to the success of the establishment of the town in the heart of Hertfordshire.

In 1962, there was a fear that the Government was going to disband the Development Corporation, leading to Vincent and Gorbing deciding to jump ship and establish their own private company. The firm began to undertake private planning and architecture work throughout the South East, while continuing to work as consultants to the Development Corporation until it was wound up in 1980.

By the time the recession hit in the in the early 80’s Vincent and Gorbing had grown to around 70 employees and had offices in both Stevenage and London. A decision was made to retrench to its home in Stevenage. Since then the firm has continued to grow in the scale of the work undertaken, retaining a core of staff to deliver its diverse architectural and town planning services.

Our typical people and projects

Our clients include developers wishing to maximise commercial opportunities and owner-occupiers considering extension, refurbishment or relocation options. The services we offer can be tailored to specific needs. We are delighted to accept individual commissions for masterplanning, concept designs, detailed designs for planning applications, post-contract working drawing packages, or the full architectural service, embracing everything from feasibility studies to door schedules and site supervision.

We have a continuing programme of projects throughout London, the South East and further afield. Recently completed projects include an environmentally sustainable headquarters office building for Aldwyck Housing Association, a new development for Berkeley Breamore in Southampton, various school buildings in Hertfordshire, Essex and London and major new buildings for the University of Hertfordshire. Other recent and ongoing projects include Police Stations and Custody Suites, which have passed through rigorous CABE and Home Office reviews.


Our Team

Our highly qualified and experienced team is dedicated to providing a tailored, client led service that results in a high quality outcome to best satisfy your specific requirements.

Mark Chandler

Director
MA(RCA), DIP Arch, RIBA

Mark is a Chartered Architect and a qualified Interior Designer. He became a Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 1998.

His expertise encompasses office and industrial developments, leisure and retail buildings, civic and educational buildings and interior design. Mark’s special interest includes environmental design and the innovative use of materials.

He also leads business development and marketing aspect of the practice.

Mark Chandler

Martin Friend

Director
BSc(Hons), Masters in Town Planning, MRTPI

Martin is a Chartered Town Planner, with longstanding experience of advising private and public clients on a variety of planning matters. He became a Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 2000.

He has achieved Planning consents on numerous strategic housing and commercial schemes and has acted as professional witness on a number of complex Planning cases, working alongside leading Planning barristers. He also appears at Local Development Framework Examinations.

Martin Friend

Jonathan Burstow

Director
BA(Hons), Dip Arch, MArch (USA), RIBA

Jonathan is a Chartered Architect who brings to the company his international experience from the UK, Canada and the USA. He became a Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 2010.

His expertise includes affordable and private sector housing, site planning and key worker and student accommodation. He has a particular interest and knowledge in sustainability and modern methods of construction.

Jonathan also leads the practice’s Quality Assurance and professional accreditation.

Jonathan Burstow

Andrew Rayner

Technical Director
Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT

Andrew is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and he became a Technical Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 2001. He has worked as a project manager in a wide range of projects across all sectors.

His particular responsibility is in technical co-ordination across the office and in diverse portfolio of commercial and educational projects.

Andrew Rayner

Ruth Gray

Associate Director
BSc(Hons), Masters in Town Planning, MRTPI

Ruth is a Chartered Town Planner, with extensive experience in town planning, in both the public and private sector and became an Associate Director in April 2010.

Ruth has valuable expertise in: strategy development, LDF promotion, conservation and listed buildings, project management, special needs housing and in major planning applications.

Ruth Gray

Stephen Chown

Associate
BSc, Dip Arch, RIBA, Chartered Architect

Stephen is a registered architect and a chartered member of the RIBA who joined the practice in 2007 and was appointed as Associate in 2014.

He has been a key member of the team on a number of projects from conception through to completion. His most notable work includes a number of projects completed for the University of Hertfordshire.

Stephen is experienced in all aspects of the architect’s role, with particular responsibilities for concept design, design development and co-ordinating projects for detail planning applications and tender submissions.

Stephen Chown

Gary Tew

Associate
HND (Construction)

Gary is a qualified Architectural Technologist who was appointed an Associate in 2004.

He has been working as a Senior Project Manager in all sectors of the industry. Gary has a wealth of experience in design and project management of a wide range of construction projects. He also maintains a keen interest in modern technologies and construction procurement methods.

Gary is also responsible for the Architectural CAD Software, CAD Standards and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Gary Tew

Mark Wilson

Associate
MA(Hons), MA, MRTPI

Mark is a Chartered Town Planner and became an Associate at Vincent and Gorbing in 2013.

He has specific expertise in: feasibility studies, planning appraisals, management of consultant teams, development plan promotion, and planning applications. Mark has delivered planning consents for public and private sector clients, and has particular experience in waste and educational related projects.

Mark Wilson

Nicholas Keens

Senior Architectural Technologist
HNC

Nicholas is a Senor Technologist at the practice and he joined Vincent and Gorbing in 2001.

He is very experienced in resolving detailed technical problems and enjoys developing his CAD techniques using the latest software to produce very accurate and detailed construction drawings. He also successfully uses 3D modelling software to produce life-like computer generated images for presentation visuals.

His particular skills and expertise is using Revit software and BIM.

Nicholas Keens

Ian Drewery

Senior Architectural Technologist
HND (Arch Tech)

Ian is a Senior Architectural Technologist, whose specific expertise includes technical design, coordination and project management.

Ian has extensive experience and knowledge of social housing standards, including Lifetime Homes and Code for Sustainable Homes and is regularly engaged in projects specialising in residential, commercial, educational and community building types.

Ian Drewery

Richard Lewis

Senior Associate
BA(TP), MA(UD), MRTPI

Richard is a Chartered Town Planner and Urban Designer. He became Senior Associate at Vincent and Gorbing in 2013. He brings a wealth of experience in town planning and urban design in both public and private sectors.

Richard is experienced in all aspects of town planning and urban design, with specialist expertise in master planning, environmental statements, planning applications and appeals, development control management, visual impact assessments, listed buildings and conservation.

Richard Lewis

Joanne Harcourt

Architectural Assistant
BA(Hons), RIBA Part 1

Joanne completed degrees in both Interior Architecture and Architecture and joined the practice in 2006.

She has experience in residential, commercial, educational, leisure and community building types and a good knowledge and experience of social housing standards, including Design & Quality, Lifetime Homes and Code for Sustainable Homes.

Joanne works on a broad spectrum of projects including 3D modelling, presentation renderings and interior design, including selection of finishes and preparing presentation sample boards and visuals.

Joanne Harcourt

Ian Begg

Associate
Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT

Ian is a Chartered Architectural Technologist. He is a Senior Technician and Project Manager for Vincent and Gorbing and works on a broad spectrum of projects from commercial to housing.

Ian has a wealth of experience in residential, commercial, educational and community building types and was appointed as Associate in 2013.

Ian Begg

Claire Newbury

Senior Associate
BA(Hons) MA MRTPI

Claire is a chartered Town Planner and joined Vincent and Gorbing as a Senior Associate in 2017.

Claire has worked mainly in the private sector, although has had some public sector experience early on in her career.

She has a comprehensive understanding of planning issues, and has worked on a wide variety of projects during her 15 years as a planning professional, including strategic land, residential, mixed use town centre projects, retail, commercial, education and leisure schemes.

Claire is experienced in providing detailed planning advice and working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large schemes, including EIA development.

Claire Newbury

Claire Bennett

Architectural Assistant
BA(Hons), DipArch, MArch, RIBA Part 2

Claire completed her bachelor and master degrees in Architecture and is currently working towards her RIBA Part 3 professional qualification. She recently joined the practice and has brought extensive experience in educational, residential and community projects.

Claire is very proficient in many computer packages: AutoCAD, Revit 2017, Photoshop, Vectorworks, Sketchup, Illustrator, InDesign, Publisher and NBA Create.

Claire Bennett

Hannah Philp

Planning assistant
MA

Hannah has a MA in Town Planning and joined Vincent and Gorbing in 1997.

She assists the Planning team and has a wide knowledge of Planning projects. Hannah is experienced in application preparation, managing consultants and monitoring application progress and specialises in community consultation.

Hannah Philp

Howard Absolon

Senior Planning Technician

Howard was appointed as a Senior Planning Technician at Vincent & Gorbing in 1988. He is responsible for the provision of graphics support to the planning team.

In addition to producing Planning drawings and exhibition material, Howard is also responsible for the day to day maintenance of the company's IT infrastructure in his role as IT Manager.

Howard Absolon

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