Ripley Development Commences
5th of November 2014
First Structure Under Construction
The first new land sales office within the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area is now under construction.
Sekisui House has confirmed that their development is to be officially launched in May with the first 100 lots being placed on the market.
The first structure being built on the site is the Sales and Information Centre. This is due to be completed by April.
Ecco Ripley Development Manager, Frank Galvin said the building's frame is made from glue-laminated timber and was engineered offsite at a factory in NSW. The highly durable and sustainable frame would last for generations.
"Because of the frame design, it was able to be assembled onsite in just 4 hours," he said.
"Now that the frame is up, Sekisui House construction team will be spending the next few months completing the remainder of the building."
"The sales and information centre will also feature geo-thermal air conditioning which aims to reduce air conditioning energy by up to 60% as well as solar power and a rainwater tank. We've chosen the triple-electro coated metal joint framing system because of its durability, its sustainability credentials and to demonstrate our Sekisui House innovation."
The Sekisui Ripley Valley development is 194 hectares and will eventually house 4,000 dwellings with home owners being able to choose between the Japanese design or a traditional bricks and mortar home.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the achievement.
"It is fantastic to not only have construction underway in the Ripley Valley, but the innovation being used is tremendous," he said.
"This is the first time such technology has been used in Australia and the frame and joints designed by Sekisui House will lead the way in the development of the Ripley Valley growth corridor."