Shopping Centre
The gem in Basildon

Basildon does not have the most positive image in the south-east. Situated just off the A13, a four-lane highway that funnels traffic through south Essex, the whole area might look, to the uninformed eye, like a light industrial wasteland. Yet the Eastgate shopping centre, which sits in the middle of Basildon, has just been declared a national champion among shopping centres at an environmental award ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament.