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Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon

Categories: Shopping Malls, Shopping
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3.5/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • Potential to be the better shopping centre locally. Need more main brand stores as there is space. Inside and outside shopping spaces. No moss bros. not a load of shops but has a selection to get by o...  read more »
  • Absolutely disgusted!!! Attended Angel Beauty Parlour a week ago to have a waxing treatment carried out, the day before a very important family funeral the next day. Firstly there was rubbish left in ...  read more »
  • East gate shopping centre is now looking dreary compared to the likes of lakeside and blue water . It used to be modern when it opened many years ago but unless it updates itself it's on the slippery ...  read more »
  • Seriously I dont care what the haters say the architecture in this building is amazing also they have a Taco Bell...
  • Pretty much a decent shopping centre, with most bases covered in terms of variety of stores. Toilets are usually clean, baby changing facilities are brilliant, and the food court - while generally loud and busy - has a pretty good selection of food.
  • Good selection of shops, great events within the center at weekends. Clean but shows its age a little.
  • Plenty of shops. You will find majority of things you need. Don't expect too much high end shops but it passes the time
  • Everything under one roof. Great parking facilities and is nowhere as hot as lakeside!
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