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Vincent Carpenter



E: vince@archibaldshaw.co.uk

Special Expertise

Vincent has gained extensive knowledge and experience over a wide range of civil engineering disciplines within the United Kingdom. His design experience lies mainly in the fields of drainage, highways, hard landscaping, foundation design, retaining structures and bridges. The majority of Vincent’s site experience has been gained on flood alleviation, multi-storey car parks, housing and commercial developments, heavy reinforced concrete works, trunk road and motorway schemes. He also has significant contract administration experience.

Career Details

Vincent is currently responsible for directing all civil engineering design throughout the Practice. Such works range from highway bridge design and assessment, infrastructure design, school projects, coastal schemes, flood alleviation schemes and long term studies into the effectiveness of SUDs designs. Notable projects include a commercial development for Legal and General in Hove, potable water reservoirs for Portsmouth Water, bridge assessments and strengthening works for Hampshire and West Sussex County Councils.

In recent years Vincent has been increasingly called upon to give evidence as an Expert Witness. His main strengths in this area include his honest approach and attention to detail. Recent clients in this sector include private individuals, Local Authorities, insurance companies, a major international contractor and the Government Ombudsman.

Prior to joining Archibald Shaw in 1994, Vincent was a Senior Bridge Engineer at Hampshire County Council. As part of the design team he designed new and maintenance works across a wide range of highway structures. He was also responsible for General and Principle inspections on trunk and motorway bridges. Vincent assisted in the design of The Blackwater Valley Relief Road [£470m re-based to 2019]. This included the design of a 55.5° skew road over rail bridge which required significant cantilevered wing walls supported by torsion blocks. Additionally, he was responsible for the remodelling and design of lakes and Blackwater River diversions as well as designing the highway drainage system. He was also the Deputy Resident Engineer on the construction of M3 Junction 4a with associated link roads and highway structures.

His career started in 1979 with Cherwell District Council. After completing his degree in 1986 he undertook The Institution of Civil Engineers’ approved training scheme of 7 years at Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. He passed his PE1 in 1992, and PE2 in 1993. During this period, he completed many drainage studies, flood alleviation schemes, large potable reservoir and pumping station designs, bridge and highway designs.


  • Chartered Civil Engineer
  • Chartered Water and Environmental Manager
  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • BSc 1st Class Hons in Civil Engineering
  • Post graduate Diploma in Company Direction