Ripley Valley set for 2014 move-in

WORK UNDERWAY: An artist’s impression of the Ecco Ripley town development in Ripley Valley.
WORK UNDERWAY: An artist’s impression of the Ecco Ripley town development in Ripley Valley. Contributed

RIPLEY Valley is set to welcome its first residents next year.

Developer Sekisui House has begun early works on the first stage of the massive housing development: demolition of existing buildings, stabilising the site and disconnecting utilities.

A spokesperson for Sekisui House, Japan's biggest house builder, said civil construction on the site would begin this year.

"In the coming months, the community can expect to see construction hoarding being assembled and an increase in the presence on site of engineering, surveying and construction staff," the spokesperson said.

"Sekisui House plans that its project sales and information centre will be operational early 2014, with the first residents to be welcomed later in the year."

The Japanese developer held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site last November to kick off the long-delayed project.

The spokesperson said an information centre would be set up to show off plans for the Ecco Ripley development.

"The sales and information centre will demonstrate the Sekisui House difference and innovation, especially seen through the approach to landscaping, urban design and our overall attention to detail," the spokesperson said.

"In line with Sekisui House's four key design pillars, Environment, Connected, Community and Opportunity, we will be commencing our project with a strong focus on infrastructure with the delivery of the first phase upgrade of Ripley Road, ensuring a well-connected community from day one."

The development will take shape on a 194ha site and includes 4000 homes, with more than 10,000 residents expected to live there.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been campaigning for the area to be connected to the Springfield and Ipswich rail lines.

According to Sekisui House, Ecco Ripley is set to become the centre of the Ripley Valley area, which the company expects to be home to 120,000 people and 50,000 dwellings.

Stage one of the project will see 257 approved dwellings released on 30 lots.

A range of houses is being designed by Sekisui House.

Topics:  ripley valley development sekisui house

State steps up to tackle Swanbank's big stink

Ipswich City Council has fined Wood Mulching Industries at Swanbank $11,000 for development application breaches.

Odour detecting device to be in place by 2017

SUV passenger attacks pedestrian in city assault

Police Remembrance Day march to Brown's Park in North Ipswich on Thursday.

The assault is alleged to have occurred at about 10am in Ipswich

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

This week's community billboard

Learn woodworking and crafting with the Ipswich Woodcrafts Club.

A daily guide to what's on in Ipswich over the next seven days

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Things to do this week

Dragon play Ipswich Civic Centre on Friday October 28

What's on in Ipswich

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals