Brains and Hammers Builds ‘A City Out of No Where’ on 10th Anniversary


Bennett Oghifo

A frontline real estate development firm, Brains and Hammers has rendered an iconic residential development, consisting 3,400 units of different house types, known as ‘A City Out of No Where’.

The new city is Brains and Hammers’ biggest private residential estate in the country since it was established 10 years ago.

The Brains and Hammers City excites residents of Abuja, because it is built on 107 hectares of land in the Life Camp Extension area of Abuja, an area once known for its difficult topography of dense forest and rocks.

This astonishing transformation on the landscape has inspired many to call the estate, ‘A City Out of No Where.’ Arguably, the increasing positive contributions of Brains and Hammers to the construction and infrastructure development of Nigeria is being executed in a well-planned and phased strategy with the entire African continent in view.

Previously, the major landmark in that neighbourhood was Stella Maris College, but with the completion of Phase 1 27 hectares featuring 1300 units, with 700 fully complete and delivered, the Brains and Hammers City has become the reference milestone.

Coming at the auspicious time of its 10th anniversary, the management of Brains and Hammers is very confident to announce that its new ‘City Out of No Where’ will follow its enduring maintenance culture. As a key factor of the company’s objective of creating attractive and environmentally friendly buildings that are safe and comfortable for occupants. The company’s Chairman, Mr. Adebola Sheidu, said, “Residents are guaranteed round-the-clock security and electricity, 24-hour help desk, 24 hour security and CCTV monitoring, dedicated transformers, 7.2 kilometres access road, fully independent water supply and water treatment facilities, recreational area, filling station, school and theme parks and shopping centres.We also opened up the district by constructing a dual carriage way of 7km with complete solar street lights and there roundabouts leading to the estate.”

He gave further details of added value to residents. “We have a dedicated unit for landscaping. The service charge is very minimal. We provided a gated community where your children can go out of their house, play with their neighbors, ride bicycles and engage in all kinds of fun games. There is a club house, swimming pool and tennis court. The 24-hour service line is dedicated to reach facility managers with complaints on routine electrical, carpentry and plumbing services. House owners at the different Brains and Hammers estates enjoy the benefit of skilled resident artisans who respond quickly to fix technical problems.”

Brains and Hammers has an enviable portfolio which consists of over 5,000 completed residential homes across Nigeria and ongoing work in over 10000 more. Its current development portfolio consists of residential projects within Lagos and Abuja. The sites include Life Camp, Galadima, Gwarimpa, Apo 1, Apo 11, Apo 111, Apo IV, Apo V, all in Abuja; Ijora and along the Lekki corridor in Lagos.

Development of the 3,400-unit Brains and Hammers City in LifeCamp, Abuja is its most ambitious project to date. The ‘City Out of No Where’ will cater to mid and high level residents at affordable prices. The house types include; Mulberry (1 bedroom), Coventry (2 bedroom), Tudor (3 bedroom), Windsor (4 bedroom terrace), Ascot (4 Bedroom semi-detached with boys quarter), Fourzton 93 bedroom), Broughton (2 Bedroom), Kensignton (6 Bedroom terrace) and Dorchester (6 bedroom detached).

Some of the infrastructural amenities that gives ‘City Out of No Where’ its unique character are 4.3 kilometre carriage access road, which consist of three roundabouts, security posts and street light, internal roads, sewage treatment plants, security watch towers, underground and overhead water tanks and fully equipped powerhouse station.

Recalling how the emergence of Brains and Hammers changed the real estate business in Abuja, Sheidu, said previously a detached house was sold at between N100 million and N120 million. “We brought the price down to between N60 million and N70 million. People who invest in our projects enjoy a massive return-on-investment of over 80 per cent within 18 months. There is hardly any business you can do that will guarantee that kind of return-on-investment. Now, a lot of people try to key into our projects early.”

In the last 10 years, Brains and Hammers has made an enviable name for itself working with a pool of young Nigerian professionals aged between 27 and 35 years. Proud of the ingenuity of his team, Shiedu said, “We catch them fresh from schools; so we can indoctrinate them with our own ideology. I will rather work with them than to hire consultants. We have 10 young persons who have supervised over 200 buildings from scratch to finish. At every point in time, we have between three and five staff in professional building schools around the world. We also pay serious attention to in-house training.”