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Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon

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Basildon Town Centre in Basildon, Essex, is a planned town centre developed during the town's creation in the 1950s. The architect Sir Basil Spence worked on its design.HistoryBasildon was one of England's first post WW2 new towns: it was officially named a new town in 1949, under the New Towns Act, with the first house constructed in 1951. A large illuminated sign stood next to the railway line stating "This is the site of Basildon Town Centre" from 1956, with the first shops in Basildon Town Centre opening to the public in 1958. Initially only the Town Square (south side), Market Square & Pavement and half of East Walk were opened with several business based in portacabins (Barclays Bank for one). By 1959 the north side of Town Square was opened along with South Walk, followed by the second phase of East Walk in 1961. Block S which closed the west end of Town Square was completed in 1971.By 1971 Basildon Town Centre comprised 70acre and 205 stores of all sizes totalling 1100000sqft of retail space. It was one of the largest pedestrian precincts in Britain, with entertainment and leisure facilities, an open-air market, car parking for 5,000 vehicles and bus and railway stations. Its anchor stores were London Co-operative Society, Taylors department store, Littlewoods and Marks & Spencers.However, by the mid-1970s, shopping and commercial facilities had not kept pace with an expanding population and increased visitors. A decision was therefore taken by Basildon Development Corporation to dedicate more space to better shopping facilities to give Basildon added status as a major town centre for retailers leading to the building of the Eastgate Centre.
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  • Whilst ther are many shops the layout is not really that suitable for Carers pushing wheelchairs. Too many narrow aisles on the Boutique Shopping area on the upper floors. In addition to this I find i...  more »
  • Not as many shops as there used to be, good if you want a cafe, or a pound shop, there's lots of these. Other than that I'd prefer to go lakeside. 
  • Having lived in the area all my life it has been sad to see it go so downhill. They are planning a big revamp but at the moment Basildon town centre is full of pound shops and vacant buildings. The Sh...  more »
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  • Plenty shops for all manner of tastes, Basildon through & through but it's kept tidy,bustling worth all walks of life but on the whole is quite please take all the major fast food outlets are here,so many different food choices, ashame the high street isn't up to the same standard anymore.
  • Decent shopping centre. Parking spots in the multi story are nice and big. But the wait for the lift (unless you go to the top floor) can be a pain if you have a buggy. Best to get the escalator. With a buggy? Ride it like a skateboard down!
  • Pretty much the standard modern UK shopping mall. The food court has a good chippie.
  • Went to see a show a couple of months ago will be going again. They put on a great show. Well worth the money. The bar was accessible and food great.
  • Eastgate has a good selection of food and stores. Little bit dated but not terrible - has improved in the last few years.