Bluefield Houseboats - Making Waves in Alternative Property

‘Bluefield Houseboats’ based in Lisburn Castlereagh City has been making waves both locally and internationally with their range of energy efficient luxury houseboats.  Offering a wide range of floating structures, the houseboat can be used alone, or in modular fashion to create new areas of public realm, housing and commercial spaces.

Joining forces with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Bluefield Houseboats launched their exciting and innovative property option at the UK’s largest property exhibition, MIPIM UK.

Speaking at the launch, Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, said: “Bluefield Houseboats has identified an emerging opportunity in the alternative property market.  It offers a custom built, high quality product that can be adapted for residential, retail and public space use.  It is fantastic to have this company operating in the Council area and what better place to showcase the company and their houseboats than at MIPIM UK.  We are keen to show investors the calibre of business that we have within our Council area and the level of support that the Council is able to offer them. On behalf of the Council I would like to commend Tony and his business partners on establishing Bluefield Houseboats and wish them every success in the alternative property market.”

Chairman of Bluefield Houseboats, Tony Reid, explains: “Bluefield Houseboats is the only houseboat manufacturer to comply with both Building Control and Maritime & Coastguard Agency regulations.  This offers an extra level of security to their product which is manufactured from high quality materials with a minimum 50 year design life. The bespoke houseboats abide by the classifications for both a land-based building and a water-based vessel. To minimize energy usage, the homes incorporate passive design principles to take advantage of natural heating, cooling, and ventilation. A SMART home automation system gives the owner control over energy usage, from appliances to light switches, using a smartphone or tablet.

“We are delighted to be part of the Council’s Right Combination stand at MIPIM UK, with so many property experts under the one roof.  The number of people opting for houseboats instead of traditional homes is on the rise and Bluefield Houseboats wants to play a major role in this culture shift.  The support of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has been fantastic in getting the news of our product into the marketplace.”

Bluefield Houseboats was keen to set up in the Lisburn Castlereagh City area due to the low rates, reduced operational costs including transportation, the skilled workforce and available investment support.  Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council can offer a bespoke tailored package of support to inward investors or those businesses who want to relocate to the area. 

If you are interested to hear more about the Lisburn Castlereagh City area and Bluefield Houseboats please visit Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council at stand E14, MIPIM UK or tweet to @invest_LCCC and follow #LCCC_RightCombination

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