A MULTI MILLION transformation of a historic Glasgow building into new east end homes is under way.

Work has now started on the £9.3 million redevelopment of a former hotel in Monteith Row close to Glasgow Green.

The street has an important place in Glasgow’s rich history and dates from 1891.

Now housing association Thenue Housing is preserving the building by turning it into flats and also building new properties at the site.

Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council got the work under way on a visit to Monteith Row.

He said: “It is great to see work beginning on these 49 new homes in this famous building on a historic Glasgow street.

"This will be an interesting and attractive development, located close to the city centre, and I’m sure will be enjoyed by the new residents when work is complete.

Some 49 new flats are being created with building work scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Monteith Row was once home to well-heeled residents in the 19th century.

One of its remaining buildings – the former Monteith Hotel, which is named after a former Lord Provost – will form the centrepiece of the development.

The development is the latest housing boost from Thenue and is the third the housing association has announced in the last nine months.

Charles Turner, Chief Executive of Thenue Housing, said: “This is an important step forward in bringing much-needed new homes to the east end."