AN almost 200-year-old mansion in Glasgow's East End is set to be transformed in brand new modern housing.

The revamp of the iconic former Monteith Hotel - built in 1823 – has become the centrepiece of a £9.3million housing development close to Glasgow Green.

The site forms a key part of a bigger development and also involves a new, impressive building which transforms part of London Road.

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Six of the 49 new flats are in the restored Monteith building while 12 of them are designed for the elderly. Tenants will start moving in in November.

Part of a project by Thenue Housing Association, the 49 homes were unveiled by Kevin Stewart MSP.

The Minister for Local Government Housing and Planning said: “This fantastic new development will provide high quality, energy efficient homes. It will also contribute to a diverse, vibrant and sustainable community in Glasgow’s east end.

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“We want everyone to have access to a safe, warm place to live. That’s why I’m pleased projects like these are keeping us on track to deliver our target of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, backed by record investment of £3.3 billion.”

The project was made possible with a £6.7 million grant from Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme, and more than £2.6 million of Thenue’s own finances.

Thenue Housing, while also marking it's 40th anniversary is continuing to build homes for rent in other locations with work about to begin on sites in Calton and Bridgeton.

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Chief executive Charles Turner said: “What could be a better birthday present than giving one of our communities new housing?

"It perfectly defines what Thenue is all about – supporting our communities and delivering on our promise to build new homes.”