Two sign as work begins in Guildford
Published: 23 September, 2016
Queensberry’s Tunsgate Quarter on target for October 2017 opening
Queensberry has signed the Ivy Collection and luxury British homewares brand OKA to anchor its regeneration of Tunsgate Square in Guildford.
The scheme will be rebranded as Tunsgate Quarter, reflecting Queensberry’s vision to create an expanded retail hub, embracing complementary retailers adjacent to the scheme, the High Street and Guildford Castle.
Caprice Holdings, owners of The Ivy, will take 8,500 sq ft on levels, including an alfresco dining terrace, with views over Guildford’s historic castle and gardens. The Ivy Collection includes famous restaurant brands such as The Ivy, J. Sheekey, Le Caprice and recently Sexy Fish. And OKA will take 11,000 sq ft to showcase its furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and home accessories.
Work has commenced on site on the re-development of the 80,000-sq ft retail and leisure scheme, located in the heart of Guildford town centre and terms have already been agreed on 50 per cent of the scheme to premium restaurant, fashion and other lifestyle brands.
Tunsgate Quarter will deliver a premium shopping and dining destination, comprising 26 units in total, (18 retail units and 8 restaurants), when it is scheduled to open in October 2017. The creation of two new levels to the rear will open up the scheme to views over Guildford Castle and its gardens.
Stuart Harris, commercial director and co-founder of Queensberry, said: “Guildford is an affluent town, with an excellent retail offer, with Tunsgate Quarter at its heart. We are creating something very special and new for Guildford, that connects the High Street, Tunsgate and Castle Street. The interest and commitment from high-quality operators such as The Ivy Collection and OKA is clear testament to the sophisticated new retail and dining offer we are creating.”