A city centre church in Leeds could be refurbished to feature a rooftop terrace for partygoers, in a move which could save it from closure.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Holy Trinity Church, which is based on Boar Lane, could soon welcome revellers who will be able to enjoy the city's skyline while having a drink or two.
The terrace is part of multi-million pound plans to update the 18th century structure, which might be closed down due to it becoming redundant.
Ann Nicholl, lay minister at the church, said: "It would maintain the church as a beautiful Georgian building and give it a life for the next 50 to 70 years. Otherwise there is the possibility it would become redundant."
Plans for the Grade-1 listed building would also feature a banqueting suite in the roof space, the installation of new flooring in place of the current pews and improved heating, lighting and sound systems.
This would allow the building to be used by numerous groups and help it to bring in fresh funds to extend its life.
"The church currently has two or three congregations that use the church, as well as the Anglican congregation, but they are very small and don’t generate a lot of funding, so we are hoping to make it commercially viable. We need a balance between the commercial, the spiritual and the artistic," Ms Nicholl told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Behind the church, developers are currently constructing Trinity Leeds, which is a brand new shopping centre based in the heart of the city.
It is due to open in the spring of 2013 and covers more than one million square feet across three tiers.
More than 120 shops, stores and restaurants will be hosted inside Trinity, including international retailers and flagship stores for the likes of H&M, Topshop, Next and River Island.
The church's close proximity to Trinity could make it a stand-out venue for visitors to the city, which is why it is keen to invest to bring its facilities up to modern-day standards.
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