WORK is underway to transform a former church into luxury homes. 

Constructors have moved in at the St Andrew's Church Hall site in Hamilton to bring 12 affordable properties and private flats to the area. 

The redevelopment of the building and its adjourning hall will see two-bedroom flats be made available for social renting while the church itself will be converted into homes for private sale. 

The flats - due for completion in Autumn 2022 - will be energy efficient and provide access to fast speed fibre broadband.

Andrew Kubski, Director of Development and Asset Management at West of Scotland Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to have had the confirmation that we can proceed with our latest affordable housing development in Hamilton.

"The new homes are a stone throw from the town centre and will be an excellent addition to the local community.”

Scottish Government Housing Secretary Shona Robison MSP said: “This project in Hamilton will bring many benefits to the people of South Lanarkshire.

"These 12 new homes will be developed with £1.15m of investment from the Scottish Government and will provide much-needed affordable places to live, helping contribute to a thriving local community and economy.

“Through our Affordable Housing Supply Programme we are committed to delivering 110,000 more affordable homes by 2032 and we will invest £3.4 billion in this parliamentary term, to deliver more social and affordable homes.”