A FORMER municipal building that has become a popular backdrop for wedding photo sessions is to be transformed into a boutique hotel.

The 123-year-old Boclair House in Bearsden, formerly used by East Dunbartonshire Council as its educational department headquarters, has been sold and is set to be redeveloped by its new owners.

The Tudor Gothic house dates back to 1890 and has a castellated tower and series of porticoed archways, said to resemble Italian cloisters.

The buyer, WPH Developments/Westpoint Homes, plans to build nine four, five and six-bedroom detached homes to the rear of the building, while Boclair House itself is set to be converted

Graeme Todd, a partner with chartered surveyors DM Hall, who was appointed by the Council to manage the sale, said: "It has been a long process with a great many interested parties and a range of competing proposals, but I believe, ultimately, that the council has opted for the best possible option."

The Manorview Hotel and Leisure Group, which already operates six boutique hotels across Scotland's Central Belt, has advanced plans to make it an upscale destination venue.

A spokesman for the group said: "Boclair House will be redeveloped to the highest standards. There will be 50 new full and part-time jobs created and we believe that Boclair House Hotel will become a facility of which the local community will be very proud."

Stephen Cullis, chairman of Westpoint, said of the planned development: "We intend to ensure that the Boclair House site continues to boast its maximum possible number of trees and that traffic disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum."