In 1946, Stevenage was designated as a New Town, and the Development Corporation at the time was 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, and this led to Vincent and Gorbing establishing their own practice. The firm began to undertake private planning and architectural 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 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 limit the practice to its home in Stevenage. Since then the firm has continued to expand the work undertaken, retaining a core of staff to deliver its diverse architectural and town planning services.
We provide a range of services tailored to suit the particular requirements of our clients, 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 and we are able to assemble project teams with appropriate expertise to tackle projects of any size.
We are always delighted to welcome new clients 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 and a growing list of private and public sector clients at an individual, local and national level, covering a wide range of building types.
Our clients include developers, wishing to maximise their commercial opportunities, and owner-occupiers considering extension, refurbishment or new build options.
The services we offer can be tailored to specific needs, such as a feasibility study, a masterplan or a concept design. Alternatively, we can undertake all the design work necessary to prepare a Full Planning Application (RIBA Work Stages 1-3), or, the technical work necessary to provide drawings, specifications and site support services to complete the construction of the project (RIBA Work Stages 4-7). Many of our clients appoint us for the full service, from conception to completion (RIBA Work Stages 1-7).
We consistently deliver projects throughout the East of England, the Home Counties and London. Recently completed projects include new facilities for the University of Hertfordshire; new police stations and custody suites for Hertfordshire Constabulary; an environmentally sustainable headquarters for Aldwyck Housing Association; new school buildings in Hertfordshire, Essex and London; and a wide variety of significant housing developments, both social and for market sale.
Aldwyck Housing Group
Ashe Construction Ltd
Borras Construction Ltd
Devon and Cornwall Police Authority
Fairview New Homes Ltd
Hertfordshire County Council
Hightown Housing Association
Lafarge Tarmac UK Ltd
Morgan Sindall Group
Port of Tilbury
Red Kite Community Housing
Stevenage Borough Council
University of Hertfordshire
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Nicholas is a Senior 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has recently passed her professional practice examination and is now a qualified chartered architect. She is a valuable member of our practice who 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.
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.
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.
Vincent & Gorbing has strengthened its planning team with the appointment of Karen Beech as associate director. Karen has more than 18 years’ planning experience from both a consultancy and developer perspective having previously worked at Bidwells, Lichfields, the Kier Group and Pigeon Investment Management. Karen has extensive experience in delivering a wide range of developments, including residential, commercial and retail schemes. At Vincent & Gorbing, Karen focuses on private sector residential and mixed-use developments for new and existing clients.
Ailsa is a Chartered Town Planner and joined Vincent and Gorbing as a Principal Planner in 2019.
She has specific expertise in feasibility studies, planning appraisals, management of consultant teams, development plan promotion and planning applications. Ailsa has over 15 years private and public sector experience, most recently delivering planning consents for Hertfordshire County Council before joining Vincent and Gorbing. Ailsa has particular experience in residential and education related projects.
Josh recently joined Vincent and Gorbing in 2019 as a Senior Planner and has an MA in Urban and Regional Planning.
Josh began his career in the public sector, with experience in both Development Management and Planning Enforcement. Within three years of working at the local authority, he was promoted to Senior Planner before making the transition to the private sector. Due to his previous roles in the public sector, Josh’s experience is varied, ranging from major and minor residential development, commercial development, education and community/sports facilities, in addition to extensive knowledge of enforcement procedures and appeals. At Vincent and Gorbing, Josh will utilise his former experience to provide Clients with comprehensive planning advice and work with key stakeholders to effectively deliver medium-large scale development proposals.