Phase 1 of the Centre was designed by Eric Lyons' architectural practice and was completed in 1969. It consists of the buildillgs on both sides of The Row from the bus stop in North Square to, but not including, Pandora's box and Wards, and the buildings each side of The Link, The Studios over the Link entrance and the central car park.
In 1970 SPAN, the developers for Phase 1 ran into financial difficulties and both they and Eric Lyons ceased to have any further involvement with the Centre.
Phase 2 was completed in 1983 to the detail design of Barton Willmore and Partners and completed The Row from Pandora' s box and Wards to, but not including, The Badger and the Village Hall. Phase 2 follows broadly the Eric Lyons master plan for the Centre and whilst the architectural detailing is not as good as that in Phase 1 the two phases work well together as a coherent whole.
Phase 2 has remained largely unaltered to the present day.