ISG’s Tunsgate Quarter refurbishment project featured in trade magazine

18 May 2017

New Steel Construction magazine has published an in-depth feature on ISG’s refurbishment project, Tunsgate Quarter – an extensive upmarket retail offering in Guilford town centre.

The article, titled ‘Retail Conversion’, features comments from ISG project manager Adam Wright, who explores this complex and logistically challenging cut and carve retail scheme.

The Quarter, which opens later this year, is a comprehensive refurbishment of Guilford’s 1960s reinforced concrete shopping centre, turning it into a contemporary destination with the addition of new steel floors.

Overall, the 7,400m² Tunsgate Quarter will comprise 26 units, 18 retail and eight restaurants.

Representing a major structural alteration of the existing building, ISG has retained the centre’s façades, whilst carefully demolishing much of the interior structure to introduce a new steel frame to maximise floor space, without significantly increasing the building’s overall footprint.

Central to the success of the scheme has been the adoption of an innovative gantry crane system, supported from a giant scaffold system that overhangs the building.

The site’s tightly constrained nature, with no space for a tower crane, forced ISG to come up with this innovative solution to enable the erection of the new 280 tonne internal steel frame.

Tunsgate Quarter will feature new glazed roof to allow natural light to flow into the central areas of the building, while a feature steel staircase will link the new levels.

On the upper level, a series of flats, positioned along three sides of the Quarter, have been retained.

The 12 existing flats are being enlarged to form 10 new apartments.

Follow the link to read the full article, ‘Retail Conversion’, which can be found on the Projects and Features pages at Please note the article may only be available for registered users.