Lafarge Holcim has unveiled a self-contained studio-flat at its Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos office in a move that may meet the desire of the majority, especially the low and middle income earners.
This unveiling will serve as the bedrock upon which the firm’s planned delivery of a 500 unit of low cost housing in Gwagwalada, Abuja, is premised. The housing project is in partnership with the Federal Government, with equity contribution of five hectare land for the development.
The house types to be provided include two and three bedroom flats and studio types. Prices starts from N1.5million for studio model, while others are between N4million and N6million.
Its Head, Affordable Housing and Building, Mrs. Jumoke Adegunle, said the firm is taking affordable housing seriously. This, he said informed its decision to come up with the studio model that are within the reach of singles and newly married couple, who are desirous to own their home, with little financial requirement.
She said: “We are working on the possibility of delivering at least, 500 houses in Abuja in 2016. It is to be situated in Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in partnership with some developers.
“As a long term vision, Lafarge plans to come to the aid of individuals who would be home owners by assisting to help in building with this technology, which will not only be cost effective, but also save time and offer quality.”
The project contractor, who is also the chief executive officer of Tye-Wall Construction Ltd., Mr. Tunde Isiolaotan, said the building was developed using modern technology known as “aluminum shuttering.” He said the use of this technology saves between 20 and 25 per cent of what it would cost to build in conventional ways.
Isiolaotan described the house as ‘bulletproof’ as a result of prefabricated concrete blocks used in making the shell. Also, the electric cables, plumbing materials and other amenities are conduit except wash hand basins and toilet closets.