This interior view of Basildon's Eastgate Centre was taken for its builders, John Laing PLC. The indoor shopping centre was built in two phases, the first opening in 1980 and the second in 1985. At the far end of this top-lit mall, flanked on the upper floor with reflective glass, is the multi-storey Allders department store. Basildon was designated a 'New Town' after the Second World War and a Development Corporation formed to transform it into a modern town with all the facilities for a rapidly growing population.
Historic England Archive JLP01/10/21615.