Out-of-town shopping centres
A look at how the creation of Britain's motorway network has encouraged the growth of out-of-town shopping centres such as Bluewater. It is often claimed that Britain is a nation of shoppers. This report explores the impact our out-of-town shopping centres are having on the nation, looking at the Bluewater shopping mall which receives 27 million visitors each year. We hear from Jonathan Glancey, an architectural critic who claims these centres are helping to destroy the planet by contributing to greenhouse emissions and not being energy efficient.