Step Up Step Down

In 2014, North Brisbane Partners in Recovery provided a grant from their Innovation Fund to BHC Creating Liveable Communities to investigate the viability of creating a Step Up Step Down facility in Brisbane. Successfully implemented in Victoria and Canberra, the aim of a Step Up Step Down facility is to provide a clinically supported alternative for people with a mental illness to transition to and from a stay in hospital, or preferably to avoid hospital entirely.

KO&Co Architecture formed part of the project team and designed three case study buildings to accommodate the facility. The ambition of the design was to create buildings with homely environments that can be discretely accommodated into their surrounding context, be it in a one, two or three level setting. 

The first facility will be located in Brisbane’s North, with construction underway and expected to be completed in early 2018.

Project Information


Expected early 2018


Residential care facility


Artist impressions: KO&Co Architecture, Phil Beggs Illustrations


Town planning: Saunders Havill Group
Civil engineering: VT Consulting Engineers
Traffic: GTA Consultants
Project management: RPS Project Management
Structural engineering: Tungsten Structures
Services engineering: Medland Engineers
Landscape architecture: RPS
Acoustic engineering: Noise Measurement Consultants
Certification: Knisco
Builder: Woollam Constructions