SEKISUI House will wrap up 2018 having delivered its largest ever construction program in Ripley as the community shapes as the central hub in the region.
Sekisui House has delivered almost $70 million across its two Ripley projects, $500 million residential masterplanned community Ecco Ripley and the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre.
The delivery of the $40 million first stage of the Ripley Town Centre is a nod to the company's confidence in the high-growth region, which is now servicing the broader Ripley community.
Sekisui House has delivered houses, terraces, townhouses and duplexes to its Ecco Ripley community, as well as the launch of a $5 million-plus parkland precinct that has become the centrepiece of the community.
The year saw Ecco Ripley release the next phase of its Lighthaven neighbourhood, totalling 77 land lots, four new display homes, the Faye Carr Park and Pebbles Park.
Sekisui House Senior Development Manager Frank Galvin said the variety of new living options on offer at Ecco Ripley had attracted strong interest from first home buyers and local owner occupiers.
"Nearly half of our sales this year have been to first home buyers, looking to get their first step on the property ladder in a convenient, affordable and family friendly community,” Mr Galvin said.
"Queensland residents have flocked to the community, making up around 75 per cent of our purchases this year.
"More than 20 percent of our home buyers are from Ipswich and nearly 10 per cent are from Brisbane, which goes to show the confidence of the local market in the product Sekisui House is supplying.
"We have four new display homes showcasing the new home designs, including our most recent double-storey homes, which have been designed to fit on smaller lots, maximising living space and backyard area without compromising internal space.”
Ecco Ripley launched Pebbles Park in March, paying tribute to one of its residents' beloved staffordshire terrier, Pebbles. Pebbles Park includes a cricket pitch, shaded play equipment, full-sized basketball court, large kick-about area and the region's only off-leash dog area.
Ecco Ripley's $5 million state-of-the-art Faye Carr Park was launched in August, catering to all age ranges from toddlers to adults with two fully equipped playgrounds, multi-purpose courts, soccer and rugby goal posts, large kick-about areas and walking tracks.
Following in Sekisui House's sustainable approach and unique design philosophies, Satoyama and Michi have been implemented across the community.
Satoyama focuses on creating connected communities with mutual benefits of interaction between people and nature, which has been done through large green corridors and central community parklands.
Michi is the creation of comfortable and enjoyable experiences, which has been implemented through carefully designed layout of streetscapes, pathways and cycle paths, promoting community interaction.
Community walking groups and fitness classes have been formed and Ecco Ripley continue to support community interaction by hosting special events throughout the year.
Ecco Ripley is dedicating more than 20 per cent of the development to parklands and green open space, totalling around 40 hectares. More than 250,000 ground cover species and native trees have been planted so far.
Sekisui House has also delivered the first stage of the Ripley Town Centre, a game-changing infrastructural addition to southeast Queensland's western growth corridor.
The first stage of the Ripley Town Centre's brings a central hub to the Ripley region, inclusive of shopping, dining, health and beauty services - which has been delivered across 9,400sq m GFA (gross floor area) -including 20 speciality stores, commercial office space and 460 car parks.
Ripley Town Centre Senior Development Manager Taku Hasimoto said the Ripley Town Centre is packed with intelligent design features.
"Sustainable excellence is the primary objective of the project - which has lead to the winning of a 5-Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia,” Mr Hashimoto said.
"We have already incorporated 1,800 solar panels into the build, which generate around 75 per cent of the buildings day time energy use.
"Ripley Town Centre is the new heart of the Ripley community. It's a destination where people can live, work and play.”
Retailers include a Coles supermarket, BWS liquor store, chemist, news agency, café, restaurant, bakery, dentist, vet, hairdresser, nail studio, massage parlour, soon-to-come Anytime Fitness Gym and medical centre.
Upon completion, the site will ultimately turn in to a 31 hectare precinct offering up to 1,000,000sq m GFA of commercial, office and retail floor space.
The centre will include a dining precinct, regional transit hub, community and entertainment facilities, open space and new inner-urban residential nodes.
Ripley Town Centre will produce 20,000 local jobs.
"Sekisui House continues as one of the major contributors to the region's growth in residents, infrastructure and amenities, as we continue to invest in Ripley,” Mr Galvin said.
Upon completion, Ecco Ripley will be home to more than 10,000 residents, totalling around 4,000 dwellings.
Land at Ecco Ripley is priced from $174,000 with three-bedroom, two-bathroom houses and land packages starting at $354,500 and terrace homes from $299,000. Lots range from 300 sqm to 569 sqm.
The community is the only 5-Star Green Star rated development in the Ripley region, and one of only few in Queensland, as rated by Green Building Council of Australia.
Developer Sekisui House is one of the world's largest residential development companies and has invested more than $2 billion in projects since expanding into the Australian market in 2009.
For further information contact 1800 RIPLEY or visit www.eccoripley.com.au.