After spending 8 years as a Mechanic at RR Motor Services, Gavin decided to take the plunge and branch out on his own, setting up Armoured Engineering Ltd in 2016. Four and a half years later and after expanding into a larger premises in 2019, our restoration work is going from strength to strength, increasing our skillset, and with a busy calendar through to the end of 2021.
Having both Gavin and Paul as serving REME Reservists, we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and fully support their Reservist training requirements. Skills they have learned are easily transferable within both working environments.
Whilst in our care, we are not only insured for the work we carry out on your vehicle, but your vehicle is fully insured whilst on our premises too. Sycamore Farm, where we are based, is secured by a fob-entry gate system, over-watched by 24-hour infra-red CCTV, and is supported by floodlights throughout.
As an appointed Registered Firearms Dealer by Kent Police, we are certified to hold, and work on live firearms, including de-activation & certification to the latest EU specifications. This also means we have the added protection of a Redcare alarm system in operation out of hours.
Gavin Barlow VR EngTech MIMechE
Company Director / Mechanical Engineer
Formerly a mechanic at RR Motor Services, Gavin has restored many vehicles to various standards. His speciality is the Stuart M3A1 Light Tank, having worked on 22 and fully restored three. The most recent, "Clementine", can be seen on display at The Tank Museum, Bovington.
He is also a serving Army REME Reservist of 14 years, where he holds the rank of Artificer Staff Sergeant.
Paul Lovell VR EngTech TMIET
Paul joins us as a former OpenReach Engineer, having spent 12 years installing/diagnosing phone lines and broadband. This has given him a keen eye toward vehicle rewiring, having recently completely re-wired a Sherman M4A4.
He is also a serving Army REME Reservist of 10 years, where he holds the rank of Corporal.
Zac has joined the team this year as an Engineering Apprentice. Zac has grown up around military vehicles, and joins us with an eagerness to learn and develop his engineering skills.