Auchterarder firm brings sentries to attention at Balmoral Estate


Inclement weather is no longer a problem for the sentries on the Balmoral Estate, thanks to the construction of a high end new sentry box by Auchterarder-based firm JML Contracts.

Built using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to ensure a highly insulated, airtight and draft free construction, this is the second box that has been built by JML Contracts following very positive feedback from the sentries.

Produced in JML’s state-of-the-art factory in Auchterarder, Perthshire, the business was selected for its off-site manufacture, attention to detail and the high quality of its finished products. The box is constructed with SIPs walls and clad in timber, and painted in the estate green.

John Langley, director of JML Contracts commented: “This was a great commission for us, especially as a re-order, which is testament to how happy the sentries were with the first one that we produced. It demonstrates the flexibility of building in SIPs, allowing us to produce a bespoke construction for the Balmoral Estate. As a really cold part of Scotland in winter, it was also vital that it was as insulated and draft free as possible. We are delighted that it has been so well received.”

JML Contracts is a family business based in Perthshire, with a head office and processing factory employing 22 staff. Typically, the business builds houses and luxury garden rooms using the SIPs method.  The demand for SIPs is beginning to gain ground in the UK, as people begin to see the benefits that have been embraced wholeheartedly in northern Europe. These include highly insulated properties which dramatically decreases heating bills, and highly engineered products which provide a greater capacity for floor and roof space. JML has seen business growth of 30 per cent year-on-year since 2015, and is projected to continue at this pace each year until 2020.


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