More than 50,000m2of British Gypsum Thistle plaster has been used as part of St Andrews Healthcare project Fitzroy House, a two-storey facility to provide specialised care for up to 110 young people with complex mental health needs.

The internal environment was important for facilitating patient recovery, and P+HS Architects consulted with medical professionals and patients on the design, with flexibility, durability and a healthy building with a robust quality finish identified as key requirements.

A two-coat plaster system was chosen for its increased durability. This consisted of British Gypsum’s Thistle HardWall undercoat and a skim finish coat of ThistlePro PureFinish, which incorporates Activ’Air technology to absorb and convert formaldehyde for a healthier internal environment, considered to help speed up patient recovery.

Subcontractor Taylor Hart – an FIS member – achieved superb results throughout. Managing director Phil Lewis commented: “We are very pleased with the project, especially due to the time and programme constraints.

“That success has been recognised by the industry and we won Gold in the FIS Contractors Awards 2017.”