PTSG becomes BIFM’s newest Platinum Supporter

Having joined the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) in November last year, Premier Technical Service Group Ltd (PTSG) has now been named as a ‘Platinum’ Supporter. BIFM recognises ‘Platinum’ Supporters as those organisations which, through sponsorship and engagement activities, support the work of the Institute.

PTSG, a leading provider of façade access and fall arrest equipment services, electrical testing, high-level cleaning and specialist electrical and mechanical services was presented with a supporter’s plaque at the most recent BIFM Corporate Member event held at the end of May.

Paul Teasdale, Group CEO at PTSG, said “We are delighted to support BIFM. The organiation does some great work in support of the FM sector – an industry that we support in all facets of our work. This is very much a reciprocal relationship with both parties benefitting greatly through collaborative working and information sharing.”

PTSG is also pleased to be supporting BIFM’s Facilities Show on June 19 with Andrew Dack, Managing Director of PTSG’s electrical services division, talking about how PTSG award-winning and innovative approach to delivering great customer service.

As BIFM is a not-for-profit organisation, the support given by key organisations, such as PTSG, enables the organisation to offer more events and resources to the FM profession.

London auction house works spark flurry of business for PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has secured a series of major contracts after delivering urgent repairs at a London auction house.

PTSG’s South Suspended Access division completed vital out-of-hours repairs earlier this month to recover a chandelier that had become jammed in the ceiling void at Christie’s Auction House without which the house would have had to cancel a prestigious auction.

As a result of the team’s performance in the capital, it has now been contracted to deliver nine different projects.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “It is a fantastic testament to the team’s work and expertise that PTSG has been recognised as delivering exceptional performance on works of this type and we are delighted to have been contracted to carryout future works as a result.

“There were very tight time constraints in which to complete the repairs at Christie’s Auction House but the team delivered them on time and without any issues.

“Client referrals are always good to receive and hopefully we can secure more works in the future on the back of our upcoming projects.”

Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salesrooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Dubai.

Founded in 1766 by James Christie, the auction house offers more than 450 sales annually in more than 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles and wine.

PTSG to continue maintenance works at London office block

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has renewed a contract to deliver a series of maintenance works to a prominent office building in London.

PTSG’s South Suspended Access division has completed quarterly maintenance repairs to 55 Gracechurch Street, close to Monument tube station, since 2007.

The Grade A office complex is prominently located in the heart of the financial and insurance district of the city and features four thirteen-person passenger lifts, a goods lift serving all floors, a Fitness First gym and an outdoor terrace.

It houses companies such as Royal London Asset Management and HR services firm Penna.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “The maintenance works our team carries out on 55 Gracechurch Street are relatively straightforward. However, the façade access machine is very large and takes time to get around.

“We are delighted to have renewed the contract for a seventh year and look forward to working on the building in the coming months.”

PTSG secure Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital works for seventh year running

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is to carryout maintenance works at Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital for the seventh year running.

The contract includes quarterly attendances to carryout maintenance works on the internal gantry and cradle as well as works on the external gantry and hoist.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director of PTSG’s South Suspended Access division, said: “We have maintained an excellent relationship with the site and we are delighted to be now entering our seventh year of service.”

The hospital, commonly known as The Alex, is dedicated to providing the highest quality of medical and nursing care for children and young people.

The new building was opened in 2007, the same year PTSG secured the maintenance contract, by the hospital’s patron, her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.

The hospital has 100 beds in single rooms and spacious four-bed bays, all with en-suite bathrooms. This includes eight high dependency beds, three paediatric intensive care beds, a day care oncology ward and a day care ward for medicine and surgery.

Its paediatric facilities include three operating theatres, 15 outpatient consulting rooms, and an on-site x-ray department.

PTSG shortlisted in two categories for the national Private Business Awards 2014

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is in the running to claim two awards in the national Private Business Awards 2014.

PTSG and CEO Paul Teasdale have been shortlisted in the High Growth Business of the Year and the CEO of the Year categories respectively after beating off stiff competition from across Yorkshire in the regional rounds.

Paul Teasdale, CEO at PTSG, said: “It is a fantastic achievement by everyone at PTSG to have won the Yorkshire region heats and to now be shortlisted for the national Private Business Awards 2014.

“As a business, we have gone from strength to strength since we began trading in 2007. Our growth has gone above and beyond our own ambitious targets which is something we are very proud of. That is down to the sheer determination, hard work and commitment of everyone at PTSG.

“We are delighted to be in the running for two of the national awards and we are looking forward to attending the ceremony in London later this year.”

The awards, sponsored by pwc and in partnership with HSBC Private Bank and Ford Sinclair Events, are designed to recognise the achievements of privately owned businesses across the country.

A full list of categories is below.

  • Technology Innovation of the Year
  • Social Enterprise of the Year
  • High Growth Business of the Year
  • International Business of the Year
  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Private Business Woman of the Year
  • CEO of the Year
  • VC Backed Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Private Business of the Year

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London on Wednesday, September 10.

The news bolsters PTSG’s glowing record after it was named Business of the Year in the £10m to £50m turnover category at the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards last year as well as securing top prize in the Partners in Facilities Management (FM) category at the Premises and Facilities Management Awards 2013.

Scotland’s historic buildings safeguarded thanks to PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is helping safeguard the future of some of Scotland’s most iconic buildings.

PTSG has been contracted by Historic Scotland via Carilion to carry out annual inspections and testing of lightning protection systems at 37 properties across the country as well as any remedial works needed.

Historic Scotland is an agency within the Scottish Government and is directly responsible to Scottish Ministers for safeguarding the nation’s historic environment, and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.

All of the 37 locations are listed buildings, ranging from churches and cathedrals to castles and monuments. A full list of the sites is below.

  • Balvenie Castle – Dufftown, Moray
  • Castle Huntly Huntly – Aberdeenshire
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  • Corgarff Castle – Corgarff, Strathdon
  • Duff House – Banff, Banffshire
  • Kildrummy Castle – Kildrummy, Alford
  • Kinnaird Head Castle – Terrace, Fraserburgh
  • Tarves By Ellon – Aberdeenshire
  • Arbroath Abbey – Arbroath
  • Brechin Round Tower – Brechin
  • Broughty Barracks/Castle – Dundee, Angus
  • Restenneth Priory – Forfar
  • Argyll’s Lodging Castle – Wynd, Stirling
  • Castle Campbell – Dollar
  • Clackmannan Tower – High Street, Clackmannanshire
  • Doune Castle – Doune, Perthshire
  • Dunblane Cathedral – The Cross, Dunblane
  • Scotstarvit Tower – Ceres, Cupar, Fife
  • Stirling Castle – The Esplanade, Stirling
  • Elgin Cathedral – Bishops House, Elgin
  • Beauly Priory – Beauly, Inverness
  • Dallas Dhu Distillery – Mannchie Road, Forres
  • Fortrose Cathedral – Cathedral Square, Fortrose
  • Spynie Palace – Elgin, Moray
  • Suenos Stone – Findhorn Road, Forres
  • Urquhart Castle – Drumnadrochit
  • Dunfermline Abbey – Dunfermline
  • St Andrews Castle – St Andrews
  • St Andrews Cathedral – St Andrews
  • Dunkeld Cathedral – Cathedral Street, Dunkeld, Perthshire
  • Elcho Castle – Rhynd, Perth
  • Muthill Church & Tower – Station Road, The Wynd, Crieff, Perthshire
  • Stanley Mills – Mill Road, Stanley, Perthshire
  • The Round Tower – Main Street, Abernethy, Perth
  • Dundrennan Abbey – Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright
  • Glasgow Cathedral – Cathedral Square, Glasgow
  • Linlithgow Palace – Kirkgate, Linlithgow
  • Longmore House – Salisbury Place, Edinburgh

Craig Finney, operations manager at PTSG, said: “This is a fantastic contract to have been asked to deliver. All of the 37 buildings are iconic and are part of Scotland’s rich history.

“Safeguarding the future of these buildings is essential and something we are delighted to be able to help with by inspecting and testing their lightning protection systems.

“Obviously, if there is any remedial work that is required, we will need to ensure that we do not cause any damage to these listed buildings and ensure the aesthetic nature of the structures is maintained.”

Premier Technical Services Group Acquires Fall Arrest Services Ltd

Premier Technical Services Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of the total share capital and assets of Fall Arrest Services Ltd (FAS), a leading fall arrest company based in Middlesex.

We are pleased to welcome FAS as the latest addition to the PTSG group of companies. This acquisition enables us to extend our customer service offering within our Access and Safety Division and provides our existing and new client base with the ability to further utilise PTSG as their Niche Specialist Service Provider.

We are fully committed to the continuation of a successful strategy of achieving market leadership in the sectors we operate in and this purchase increases the exposure of our brand to existing and potential new clients.

This is PTSG’s 13th acquisition in six and a half years.

Commenting on this latest acquisition, PTSG Group CEO Mr Paul Teasdale, said:

“We are delighted to add FAS to our group of companies. This acquisition further strengthens our position in the access and safety industry and we look forward to integrating the business into the PTSG way over the coming weeks.”

PTSG completes protection works at Cheshire church following pigeon infestation

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has completed a series of pest deterrent works on a Grade 2 listed church in Cheshire.

Working with pest control experts Rentokil, PTSG carried out cleaning on Saint Michael & All Angels Church in Middlewich as well installing protective netting to prevent Feral Pigeons landing and nesting in crevasses.

Ray Perrotte, managing director at PTSG High Level Cleaning, said: “Working at high level on a church is tricky because of the structure and uneven surfaces. That is where my team’s expertise came in.

“Throughout the works we had to ensure that we did not adversely affect the aesthetics of the church, and all had to be done with the church’s architects.

“Pigeons have long been using various aspects of the building as vantage points and previously nesting and roosting in the bell tower. This has meant the birds have displaced onto the wooden slats therefore leading to fouling amounting on the areas directly below including public walk ways and entrances.

“The works were carried out over three days and completed on time and to the customer’s needs.”

The level of fouling present was unsightly and a potential slip hazard. Bird fouling also contains many bacteria and insects which are harmful to humans.

Following an inspection at the site, PTSG and Rentokil were contracted to treat all bulk bird fouling and related materials with biocide, to render it inert as well to install safeguards such as bird netting.

A full list of the works completed is below.

Bell Tower Louver slats

  • Installation of 50mm netting to the sand stone around the bell tower arches to prevent the birds from sitting on the louver slats

In order to fit the netting, steel fixings at every corner and at 500mm intervals in between were installed.

The corner fixings act as the straining points for the system whilst intermediate fixings in between guide the wires thus holding them as close to the perimeter as possible preventing gaps appearing which would allow birds access inside the net.

Wires were then run through the fixings and secured using wire tensioners. The net was then placed onto the wires and secured using steel rings at every point where the wire and net intersects – this holds the net to the wires and encloses the affected area.

Access points were also installed to allow for future maintenance if required.

Arch Windows, tracing and ledges

  • Installation of AviGo Bird Deterrent Gel to the window tracing and ledges on all elevations to prevent the current infestation.

AviGo is a non-toxic clear food grade gel. It works by moving birds on by causing a temporary irritation, making it uncomfortable for them to remain in the area that has been treated.

The gel can create a sensory reaction so intense that even the strong homing instincts of birds can be overcome, reducing the risks of them returning to established roosting areas.

It generally takes seven days for the gel to affect a resident population due to their current behaviour and attraction to the site. The gel was applied in rows along the affected area. The system was then checked for faults.

There has been a church on the site since the middle of the twelfth century, but the only remains of that building are the two easternmost pillars on each side of the nave, which show very clearly the transition from Norman to early English style.

The chancel and the nave were rebuilt in the early fourteenth century, so the church is mainly perpendicular in style. The fine carved capitals of the octagonal nave piers are considered particular worthy of note.

The tower, the nave clerestory, the two storey porch and the Lady Chapel at the east end of the south aisle were all added in the fifteenth century. While the Bostock (otherwise known as the Kinderton) Chapel was built by Baron Kinderton in the sixteenth century.

The timber roof of the chancel was originally built by Sir William Brereton in 1621 and then replaced by a new copy of the original design in 1951.

Wolverhampton flats kept pigeon free thanks to PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has been praised for its work to help install pigeon deterrent netting to a 10-storey building in Wolverhampton.

The High Level Cleaning division of PTSG worked with pest control experts Rentokil to provide rope access labour to fit the netting to the block of flats on the Boscobel Estate.

Ray Perrotte, managing director of PTSG High Level Cleaning, said: “The Boscobel Estate had suffered over the years with pigeon issues.

“The birds were fouling the sills and balconies over a period of years which as well as being unsightly was a health hazard to the residents.

“The solution was to fit netting to all of the individual balconies Wolverhampton-flats-worker200 in total and to five alcove areas to prevent the birds from roosting. Our job was to fit the netting to the alcove areas with one net being fitted to each block from top to bottom.”

The works took five days to complete and required PTSG’s IRATA trained rope access technicians to work from dead weight trollies on the roof as a means of anchorage, and then to abseil down.

In order to fit the bolts, wires and netting, the team had to complete five drops per block, while the Rentokil team worked on the balconies.

PTSG to carryout winch works at London Docklands

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has secured a contract to carry out a series of maintenance works on a building in London Docklands.

The works include the removal, transportation and reinstallation of winches at 2 Harbour Exchange.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “The winches are very heavy and getting them off the roof can be a struggle.

“Once the winches are down to the ground, we take them north to Sheffield where they can be overhauled by the manufacturer.

“The final part of the works is to return and refit the winches to the building. Once the overhaul is complete, the winches are certified for four years as long as they are maintained and load tested.”