Ilubirin introduces affordable luxury to Lagos, Nigeria

Ushering in a new era of affordable modern luxury in the heart of Lagos, early 2019 will see the launch of the Ilubirin waterfront community and its Premier Collection of luxury apartments—a place to work, live and play.

Developed by Ilubirin Foreshore Projects Limited, constructed by Arbico PLC and designed by SAOTA international architects and ECAD Design Architects Ltd, Ilubirin is set to become the beating heart of Lagos

Located on the northwest coast of Lagos Island, the development is centrally positioned between the mainland and the core districts of Lagos: Victoria Island; Isale-Eko; Obalende; and Ikoyi. With its proposed slip road, Ilubirin will provide direct access to the Lagos Ring Road—a new efficient and streamlined route to both the mainland and other hubs of Lagos.

Central to the launch is the introduction of the Premier Collection—the first phase of residential units. The Premier Collection will offer a total of 108 spacious apartments across five elegant blocks, consisting of 20 studio, 64 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom apartments carefully designed and detailed to provide some of the finest places to live in Lagos.

Ilubirin’s Premier Collection is where affordability meets luxury – a new quality of apartment living, a new and inclusive community for Lagos Island, and a place for families, for couples, and a home for individuals. Residents will be conveniently close to all the local amenities, as well as the area’s new school and medical centre.

The buildings themselves are surrounded by a host of trees and plantings, with apartment balconies from which to enjoy the spectacular waterfront views, and sophisticated interior specifications. A sense of arrival is provided by the spacious and refined entrance lobbies and the management service will ensure a clean and safe environment in which all can live with the benefit of 24/7 security and primary resident intercom system controlling access.

The development is set to change the face of Lagos Island and will go a long way towards making Lagos State a mega city.

The developers hope The Premier Collection will prove an attractive investment for Nigerians living overseas who wish to have a bolthole in Lagos and the international lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. They believe it will also appeal to young professionals based in Lagos and looking for a beautiful apartment in a safe and lively community they can call home.

The Premier Collection will undoubtedly cater for Lagos’s growing, upper middle class which has so far been under-served when it comes to affordable yet stylish housing.

More than just the first affordable luxury mixed-development in Lagos, Ilubirin will be a new district incorporating medical facilities, schools, shopping boulevards and public squares, offices, a hotel, performance and leisure spaces, a marina, and landscaped gardens in addition to the residential apartments.

Elevated beaches and boardwalks, waterside restaurants and cafes and sports facilities will line the lagoon. The broad tree-lined central boulevard will be the principal shopping street, leading to the busy and stylish main square, while the whole area will be enveloped in a public park and wetlands, teeming with birds and wildlife.

New sporting facilities, running routes and gym are planned to ensure those who work and live in Ilubirin can make the very most out of life.

Within Ilubirin’s central district will be an impressive variety of bright, light offices and workspace for organisations of every size. Contemporary architecture, high internal specification and an engaging sense of arrival will ensure appropriate homes and headquarters for ambitious local and international companies.

Top tier security is a priority throughout the project, with every entry point having its own physical security checkpoints in place, manned around the clock by armed guards.

Ilubirin is unlike any other development in Lagos in that the developers are not simply building an estate, but they are creating a vibrant community and waterfront experience where people can live, work and play.

The Premier Collection is slated for completion by the second quarter of 2020 with the remaining phases due to begin shortly after. It is anticipated the entire Ilubirin project and associated infrastructure will be completed by 2023.

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Editor’s Notes


  • Ilubirin is a 29ha mixed-use development with a substantial residential leisure component linked to the lagoon edge and the new wetland area. The leisure activities include retail, sports and hospitality uses.
  • The Ilubirin site will incorporate residential apartments (242,350m2), medical facilities, schools (8,000m2), shopping (10,000m2) boulevards and public squares, offices (10,000m2), a hotel (8,500m2), performance and leisure spaces (10,000m2), landscaped gardens and new green wetlands.
  • The lagoon water’s edge is the area where the main concentration of leisure, retail, and hospitality facilities will be located. These areas accommodate restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and various other water related recreational activities. The public space allows for events and has an attractive pedestrian character, thus creating a vibrant public environment. By ensuring that there is also a mix with residential apartments, the development will be active and safe 24 hours a day.
  • The housing available specifically targets Lagos’s vast emerging middle class – an affordable solution for people who wish to be close to central Lagos without the burden of high-end gated communities.Developers ILUBIRIN FORESHORE PROJECTS LIMITED Ilubirin Foreshore Projects Limited is a joint venture with Lagos State and First Investment Development Company (FIDC) Founded in 2008, FIDC has emerged as one of the leading and rapidly expanding building construction and civil engineering management companies in Nigeria. Bringing over 40 years of combined local and international experience to the firm, the directors have poised FIDC to continue its impressive growth.  FIDC’s central business policy has been to source prime locations, build properties of premium quality and providing exceptional services for the prestigious clientele. This combination of local expertise, a central business policy along with global investor relations has formed the structure for FIDC as an industry benchmark brand.ConstructionARBICO– Main Contractor

    Established in 1958, ARBICO has been successfully delivering building and civil engineering contracts for 60 years, becoming one of the leading building constructions companies in Nigeria to date. ARBICO’s longevity has seen it taken on a multitude of clients, from governments, multinational companies, industrial groups to high-net-worth individuals.

    With each development, ARBICO continuously solidified its global reputation and track record for managing and delivering constructions projects on time with an operational strategy to maintain full professional services. The combination of efficiency, time and resource management and team experience, has guaranteed every project is successfully executed, on time and within budget.



    SAOTA is a leading international architectural practice driven by a philosophy of innovation and excellence paired with a passion for function, form and best value.

    SAOTA is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdalh, Greg Truen, Phillippe Fouche and Mark Bullivant who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their design. Paired with both an innovative and dedicated approach to the design and execution of projects globally, SAOTA has become an internationally sought-after brand. This success is driven by a design philosophy that connects function and form, and the pursuit of true architectural design to create appropriate solutions.


    ECAD Design Architects Ltd. founded in 1995, has grown into a multi-disciplinary architectural firm, with both local and international clients. The members of ECAD Design Architects have proven experience in the design of buildings of the highest aesthetic quality. Operations are fully computerized enabling the company to produce a higher standard of design and documentation in the shortest possible time. Over the last couple of years, ECAD Architects have gained experience in the execution of all types of buildings, including top of the range luxury apartments blocks, town houses, villas, commercial office space, corporate head offices, restaurants, specialist hospitals, as well as several institutional projects. These projects have been successfully rolled out in various locations all over Nigeria.

    Engineering & Environmental Consulting


    Experience, quality and integrity, these three core pillars have been the foundation, which have seen JG Afrika rated as Level 1 on the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard.  Established in 1922 as Jeffares & Green, and rebranded in 2016 to JG Afrika, the firm has continued to provide consulting services in all fields of civil and structural engineering, as well as environmental services. It is this significant coalition between core values, skilled individuals and a progressive outlook being paramount to JG Afrika continued success.

Ilubirin introduces affordable luxury to Lagos, Nigeria