The bustling Trinity Leeds retail and leisure centre has opened a quiet room for use by visitors and staff.
The room, located on the top floor, past the Trinity Kitchen, has a wash area and quiet room which can be used by all races and religions to fulfil physical, spiritual and religious needs.
Centre director Kevin Duffy, was excited to open the latest facility, hoping that it would further extend the inclusivity of the shopping centre.
He said: “We are delighted to provide this extra community facility and believe it will prove very popular among shoppers and people who work here.”
Land Securities, which owns and manages Trinity Leeds and White Rose Shopping Centre, opened a quiet room at the latter in November 2012 following discussions with representatives from faith and community groups, including the Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston.
Hamara chief executive Hanif Malik, said: “The quiet room at White Rose has gone down really well. It’s great to have a place in the heart of a busy centre where people of all faiths, or no faith at all, can go to say their prayers or have a few moments of peace.”
He added: “I anticipate that the quiet room at Trinity Leeds will be very well used and appreciated.”
Fazle Rabbi tried out the facilities earlier this week and said they were perfect for all religions.
“As a Muslim, to have a space like this is fantastic as it allows me to go somewhere quiet and pray whilst out shopping,” he said.
“The facilities are great and this Wuzu (ablution facility) allows Muslims to have a good wash before they pray which is very important.
“In the same sense, this place is great for other religions too as it is a place away from the busy shopping centre, meaning anybody who needs this quiet space can use it.”
The quiet room is close to other community facilities and can be found by using the escalators by Trinity Kitchen. It is open for quiet contemplation and prayer from 9am until 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.