Albion Incorporated is a partnership formed in 2018 between John Orchard, Peter Cocks and Gavin Oakley.
A company with an unusual blend of skills and experience in the field of reinventing places.

We work with a host of talented collaborators to bring together truly unique places and community experiences.

Skills & Experience

Place Making.
Vision Building & Master Planning. Income Generation.
Urban Design & Architecture. Public Consultation/Engagement. Event Creation.
Branding & Marketing.
Culture Building.
Artist Liaison.
Social Media & Media Liaison.


The Team

John Orchard

As a Director of the commercial property investment company Marchday PLC, John Orchard became a specialist in large scale regeneration projects in the UK. Most notable is the reinvention of Lingfield Point, Darlington the 1950’s Patons & Baldwins wool factory, CNE, Middlesbrough and New Lodge, Windsor.

John was a co-founder of the Festival of Thrift along with Stella Hall and Red or Dead creators Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. The festival is a free, family focused, community event which attracts around 45,000 people each year and in 2015 won the Observer Ethical Award.

John has spent much of his career assembling and running project professional teams and attracting commercial customers to Marchday’s schemes. He has worked extensively with Artists to transform peoples’ perception of place through the use of art. Most notable large scale projects are Ron Haselden’s ‘Rose’ at Marchday’s CNE building in Middlesbrough and Christian Barnes & John Kennedy’s ‘Futurescope’ at Lingfield Point. John is a firm believer in the hard, commercial value of art in the reinventing process.

In response to Government funding cuts John chaired Darlington Council’s Arts Enquiry Group looking at how ‘Art’ could be delivered by community groups in the absence of central funding. He has given lectures in Placemaking, Commercial Regeneration and Customer Service.

Peter Cocks

Peter Cocks has over 30 years experience in delivering art, entertainment, installations and events.

As an art history graduate, he spent some years in retail design, display and PR before moving into Performance Art and Installation

He worked for 20 years in TV in front of and behind the camera as a performer, writer and producer.

Since his move to the South East Kent Coast Peter has been active in regeneration projects at The Astor Theatre in Deal, Dreamland Margate, Folkestone Harbour Arm and Dover Old Marine Station.

In each case he has been instrumental in developing a culture in these places, bringing art, entertainment and food and drink to the table.


Gavin Oakley

Gavin has a background in hospitality, tourism, travel, catering, outdoor pursuits and adventure.

Extensively working in the great outdoors as a Mountain Leader, he is no stranger to working in challenging environments. From the heights of the Alps he moved into the hospitality sector in the 1990s and was the founder & owner of Wallett’s Court Country House Hotel and Restaurant, The Garden of `England Spa, The White Cliffs Hotel, The Cliffe Kitchen and Coldred Court a collection of quality hospitality businesses that have operated at a high standard gaining recognition in major food and hotel guides consistently for many years.

Gavin was instrumental in the creation of a quality bar operation on Folkestone’s Harbour Arm development – Cockles & Co. garnered high levels of recognition from international press and set the bar for the continued success of the Harbour Arm. In December 2016 Cockles & Co. helped to direct the Port of Dover’s Winter Project at The Old Marine Station ‘place-making’ the venue and event.

Gavin also acts as a long-standing trustee and Chairman of Dover Smart Project, a charity formed in 2013 that has been instrumental in supporting and enhancing the extraordinary lives of people in the Dover community through creative projects.

Gavin’s other skills and interests include Open Water Swimming, Life Coaching, Somatics and Ultra-Endurance Sports.


Peter Cocks – Peter@AlbionIncorporated.com 07973 209715

Gavin Oakley – Gavin@AlbionIncorporated.com 07841 406070

John Orchard – John@AlbionIncorporated.com 07831 304126



Albion Incorporated Limited

Creativity on an Industrial Scale



Registered Office

The White Cliffs, High St., St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, Dover, Kent CT15 6AT