A former sports centre has been turned into affordable flats.

The site of Greenhills Sports Centre in East Kilbride is being given a new lease of life to provide 'much-needed' new homes for the local community. 

Housing provider Sanctuary Scotland has delivered 28 two-bedroom flats, all of which are available for social rent.

Speaking about the project, Gillian Lavety, Sanctuary’s development director, said: “I’m delighted to see this development completed and providing much-needed new affordable homes for local people.

“It’s been great to see these new homes take shape and to hear such positive feedback from our new residents.”

Worth £4.5 million, the development includes car parking for all properties and electrical vehicle charging points.

Three of the flats have also been designed for wheelchair users.

Housing minister Paul McLennan said: “We want everyone to have a safe, warm affordable home that meets their needs.

"The Scottish Government has provided £2.4 million to support the delivery of these 28 new high-quality homes for social rent, to help meet the housing needs of people in the East Kilbride area.

“This is part of our commitment to deliver at least 110,000 affordable homes across Scotland by 2032."

The new homes have been built by Sanctuary’s construction partner, Merchant Homes, while the project has been supported by a grant of £2.4m from the Scottish Government.

There are hopes that the affordable flats can support those in the area who have been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. 

Councillor Joe Fagan, leader of South Lanarkshire Council, added: “The cost-of-living crisis has affected so many areas of our lives, and the housing sector is no exception.

"As a council, we have committed to, and continue to deliver, thousands of new affordable homes for rent across South Lanarkshire.

“The transformation of this site in East Kilbride is another step along the road to ensuring that modern, energy-efficient, safe and affordable homes are available to all.”