Stories by  Yinka Kolawole

A United Kingdom based firm is set to collaborate with developers to introduce a new technology that will employ the use of containers to construct low cost houses in Nigeria.

The technology known as Container Space, is a new concept in affordable pre-fabricated buildings, suitable for all types of housing projects and utilizes insulated container panels in the construction of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Managing Director, Global Pathway Limited, Prince Ifeanyi Ndianaefo, said in Lagos that initiative which is based on collaboration with the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), in partnership with Container Space Nigeria Limited, is borne out of the desire to change the face of housing and real estate landscape in Nigeria. “The technology will give to many Nigerians access to live in a comfortable homes and close the housing gap between the rich and poor.

“In partnership with Container Space Nigeria Limited, our pioneer project of low cost housing will tremendously alleviate the chronic housing problem in Nigeria through the application of modern technology to provide affordable housing units for all. Global Pathway is intensifying efforts to embark on projects in areas of sports infrastructural development such as building of stadia, oil and gas, modern rail network development and container based low cost housing to help the impoverished people,” he said.

Ndianaefo said that his firm was almost concluding negotiations with the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on the building of a students’ hostel, comprising one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio flats within and outside the campus.

In his remarks, REDAN President, Chief Olabode Afolayan, said that the association is committed to providing quality housing for Nigerians without compromising standards. He said that this informed the association’s support for the container technology, which is capable of reducing the cost of construction by 40 per cent when compared to conventional houses.

“In our own little way of assisting the government we have invested so much money in research. Now we have a relationship with Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI).We have a kind of collaboration and investing money in research work to come up with alternative materials that will really crash the cost of housing delivery. At the same, we have decided to look outward, that is the reason we are bringing container space technology, which will be introduced into the market by Global Pathway Limited, a member of the association. The product is environment friendly and they have confirmed to us that with the technology, we can achieve 40 per cent reduction in construction cost,” he stated.

The Container Space concept was devised by architects Nicholas Lacey & Partners the system offers flexibility, speed of construction and value for money. By employing 100 percent recycled shipping containers it offers a sustainable alternative to conventional construction.

The containers are pre-fabricated off-site in factory conditions, eliminating many of the problems associated with traditional building methods. When delivered to site, the containers can be erected, and services connected, in a matter of days. Furthermore the system allows buildings to be dismantled and re-erected elsewhere if required.

The concept has been successfully employed to create low cost work spaces, educational buildings and offices, from single storey schemes up to five floors high, and other multi-storey applications including low-cost housing are at the planning stage. The containers can be configured in different ways to provide stylish, well-lit and flexible spaces to suit a wide variety of building needs.

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