Virtus have been appointed to provide a Principal Designer service to P&HS Architects on a new £16M mental health facility for St Andrews Healthcare. St Andrews Healthcare is the Uk’s leading charitable provider of NHS care. Its reputation for excellence is founde on a 170 year heritage as a charity dedicated to learning about mental health and helping people on the way to recovery. The new facility is Phase 2 of the development of their Dogpool Lane Site in Birmingham. The scheme is to provide additional bed spaces at the St Andrews facility in Birmingham to provide enhanced services to meet local needs. When complete the number of bed spaces available on site will be increased from 128 to 250. The buildings will be sensitively located across the site and incorporate new landscape areas, tree planting and car parking. The scheme will include the redevelopment of two existing buildings to improve facilities available on site. The scheme is currently working through the concept design towards a planning submission with the aim for the project to be on site in 2016.