Who we are
Founded in 1989 and based in the South East, Vincent Reed employ an established team of highly skilled artisan craftsman who share a passion for preserving the heritage of our buildings and their interiors. Vincent Reed works regularly alongside Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage, National Trust and local conservation officers providing invaluable support and advice to our clients.
Our projects vary in size from a Victorian semi-detached family home to a Grade I listed stately residence as well as some of our country’s most recognisable scheduled monuments, including Kensington Palace. Our focus is always to conserve and restore original features, whilst striking a balance with the needs of a space to live in and enjoy.
Over time surfaces take on a wonderful historic character and colour which is referred to as patina. When restoring, it is vital that this valuable detail remains. This is why we never use sanding machines and only ever use traditional techniques and materials to deliver a unique, beautiful finish every time.
Vincent started his career as an antique furniture restorer in the famous Brighton Lanes at the age of 16. Realising his passion for the techniques and traditions unique to this declining trade, he started his own business in 1989, and soon built a loyal customer-base through his superior standard of work and dedicated customer service.
Over the years his projects have focused on all aspects of wood conservation and restoration and the buildings in which he and his team now work range widely. Vincent’s expertise has been called upon during the restoration of a number significant public buildings, including consulting on the interior woodwork at the old Headquarters of Midland Bank built in 1925 by Edwin Lutyens and currently being transformed into a 6* Hotel in the heart of the City.
Vincent is regularly called upon to lecture for The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and Conservation Officers, imparting his knowledge and skill to educate on the correct methods and techniques for the conservation and restoration of period woodwork.