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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  • July 19, 2017
    Decent enough shopping centre based in the centre of Basildon. I used to shop here fairly frequently although not as much now due to the fact I live abroad. Always pop in when I am in the UK to pick u...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    This place is one of the main reasons people may come here or indeed surrounding towns. Problem is this place is so dated. This and the connected west gate centre has limited shops and those there are...  more »
  • April 29, 2017
    Good shopping centre although it needs some new shops to help up its game. Multistorey car park great the space sizes are in the 21st century that's for sure. However a big let down is buggy / disable...  more »
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  • Some nice shops can browse and shop undercover or outdoors. Some nice places to eat as well as usual fast food outlets.
  • Feels old and grimy nowadays. Decor and cleanliness leave a fair bit to be desired. Selection of shops is pretty dull - lacks variety and class. Security staff are disenfranchised and rude.
  • There's an above average number of 'poundshops' & charity shops. It looks like what you'd expect a shopping centre of its era to look like, i.e. drab and soulless. On the positive side, there are enough of the regular high street stores here to make it usable.
  • Good choice of shops. Growing up I would be getting the bus here from Billericay . Way more choice of things to buy. Great shops
  • Good little shopping centre, however there isn't much to choose from. Has a nice little food court ranging from Mc D's, Nandos, Hamiltons fish bar, Taco Bell and Neds Noodles (must try!)

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