A historic Glasgow site is set to be transformed into a new housing facility.

The land which was once home to the Coliseum Theatre has been acquired by New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) in partnership with Urban Union.

It will see the future development of dozens of high quality homes, providing a mix of socially rented and private housing.

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The Coliseum Theatre was built in the early 1900s as a music hall and spent most of the century as a cinema. In its latter days, it operated as a bingo hall before its closure in 2003.

It was burnt down in a blaze more than a decade ago.

Linda Malone, chair of New Gorbals Housing Association, said: “Providing new affordable rented housing is our top priority.

"We are delighted to be developing new homes and making another major contribution to the regeneration of Laurieston and the Gorbals.”

Neil McKay, of Urban Union, added: “For people in Glasgow, the Coliseum remains an important part of the city’s heritage. The land has been derelict for so long and we are pleased that it will now become a place people are proud to call home – a fitting second act for a historic site.

“While our collaboration with NGHA is in the very early stages, we will be submitting a planning application for the development as soon as we can.”

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The redevelopment of the Coliseum site will supplement other regeneration activity in the vicinity.

Earlier this year, Urban Union submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council which outlined plans for 28 new units in the adjacent area of Bedford Street.

Councillor Kenny McLean, chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow and city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm, said: “I am excited by the proposals for the development of the Coliseum site.

"These new homes will continue the remarkable transformation of Laurieston – a community very close to the city centre – and I am delighted to say that Glasgow City Council is helping to fund this project.”