GLASGOW is one of the UK's top 10 cities for house building, a new study has revealed.

The latest National House Building Council (NHBC) figures show Glasgow had the ninth highest number of new home registrations in the UK last year.

A total of 618 new homes were built in the city in 2013, almost 2% of the UK's overall figure of 33,816. The new builds included 426 private and 192 public housing developments.

The NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: "Our new figures show further sustained growth and consolidation in the UK house building industry following a strong year last year.

"Over the past 15 months we have seen a genuine return of confidence to the industry as builders strive to meet the growing demand for new homes that the country clearly needs.

"London continues to be the major driver for growth in house building but our figures also show that other UK cities outside the capital such as Glasgow are also showing encouraging signs of growth."

Already this year there has been a 5% rise in the number of new houses being registered in Scotland compared to the same time last year, particularly in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Malcolm MacLeod, the NHBC director in Scotland, said: "This is obviously welcome news for the sector and proof that more and more people are now grasping the opportunity to get on the housing ladder."