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Adolescent Extended Treatment and Rehabilitation Facility

Co-Design Process

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Project Information

Destravis was engaged to deliver a Schematic Design and Detailed Business Case for a new extended treatment and mental health facility for adolescent patients with mental health issues.  This project eventuated from a Commission of Inquiry report which recommended a strong focus on consumer engagement during design and development.

The co-design engagement process involved testing the new facility designs with an exercise involving all participants to simulate scenarios typical of an operational unit across 24hrs. Aspects of the site were also reviewed including neighbours, scale, access, wayfinding, massing and form, relationships with other facilities and environmental impact.

Up to 40 participants attended each workshop. They were divided into 4 groups with facilitators for each. The background of the attendees included:

  • Consumers, parents and relatives, carers
  • Front line nursing staff
  • Psychiatrist
  • Therapist/ social workers
  • Managers
  • Design team members
  • Hospital and Health Service staff
  • Department of Health and Department of Education and Training staff.

Three inclusive, co-design workshops were held during the early design phases:

  • Workshop 1 – Design validation
  • Workshop 2 – Design and operational model review
  • Workshop 3 – Design and operational model validation.

Further interactive, co-design workshops are now underway for Detailed Design Phase.


Department of Health, Queensland


Brisbane, Queensland


2016- 2017

Project Scope:

Schematic Design for new sub-acute mental health facility

Destravis Role:

Master Plan and Schematic Design