Tunsgate Quarter, the 80,000 sq ft high-quality shopping and dining destination in Guildford town centre opened at 11am on Thursday 15th March with a ribbon cutting ceremony with a twist.

To mark the centre’s official opening, The White Company, one of the centre’s new lifestyle brands, created a bespoke floral garland, inspired by spring for the ribbon cutting, which was cut by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning. Alongside the Mayor were Stuart Harris and Jon Munce of Queensberry, Leader of Guilford Borough Council, Paul Spooner and Managing Director of Guilford Borough Council, James Whiteman. A large crowd gathered outside the entrance, waiting for their first opportunity to see inside the new centre. Once the ribbon was cut, the waiting crowd was so large it took over five minutes to process into Tunsgate Quarter.

Paul Sargent, Chief Executive of Queensberry, said:

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming our first customers to the new centre. Including store fit-outs, over £30 million has been invested into Tunsgate Quarter to create an attractive and appealing shopping and dining destination with a stunning new atrium at its heart. We’re so pleased with the way our vision has been brought to life connecting the High Street, Tunsgate and Castle Street and we’re delighted to be able to share this with everyone in Guildford. With terms agreed now on over 85% of the space we expect the last few units to let up quickly.”

Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, adds:

“It has been exciting to see the vision we supported for Tunsgate Quarter come to life. The design of the centre has been delivered with sensitivity to come of Guildford’s iconic landmarks, offering outstanding views of, and now from, Guildford Castle. Once, complete, our own improvement works on Tunsgate will elevate the area even further.”

Brands new to Guildford such as OKA, Loaf and Bobbi Brown (opening its first stand-alone shop in Guildford), today opened their doors at Tunsgate Quarter for the first time. They join The White Company, Cath Kidston and Lululemon, which have relocated from their existing stores in the town to larger spaces at Tunsgate Quarter, allowing them to showcase a wider range of their most successful lines. The Ivy Castle View will open on 4th April with spectacular views of Guildford Castle and the Surrey Hills from its al-fresco dining terrace. Pho will open in spring serving host of classic Vietnamese dishes. In May, Nespresso will open a ‘Boutique’ concept store offering coffee masterclasses and an interactive experience with its in-store coffee specialists.

Queensberry has also announced it has signed two further brands to open at Tunsgate Quarter, both new to Surrey. Cosy Club, the quirky, eccentric and playful, casual-dining restaurant will be serving up everything from lazy breakfasts to brunch and tapas to evening cocktails, opening in June. Seasalt the family-run, Cornwall-based clothing, homeware and accessories brand will add to the exciting line-up of lifestyle shops at the centre opening later this spring.