PTSG called out to ITV’s London Television Centre

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has completed a series of repair works at ITV’s London Television Centre.

The group’s South Suspended Access division was called out to bring a piece of essential access equipment back to working order.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “The traverse motor housing for the cables has four bolts on it. Three of these bolts were completely out, leaving the metal box arching on the cables, causing them to trip.

“The engineers rectified the problem quickly and the equipment was brought back into full working order.”

ITV purchased the headquarters and studios on London’s South Bank for £56m in 2013.

The TV company has had an association with London Television Centre – formerly known as London Studios – for more than 40 years. The 22-storey tower and studio complex, overlooking the Thames, was purpose built for ITV company London Weekend Television in the early 1970s.

ITV’s corporate HQ and network commissioning operation was for many years based in offices on Gray’s Inn Road north of the Thames, with the South Bank site mainly a production centre.

The broadcaster’s commissioning teams under director of programmes Peter Fincham relocated to London Television Centre from Gray’s Inn Road in early 2009, with chief executive Adam Crozier setting up shop there when he joined ITV the following year.

Programmes currently produced at the London Television Centre include Daybreak, This Morning, Loose Women, The Jonathan Ross Show, All Star Family Fortunes, The Graham Norton Show, QI and Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

PTSG wins back L’Oreal contract after change in management

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has won back a contract with French cosmetics and beauty company The L’Oreal Group.

The group lost the contract to carryout servicing and load testing of façade access equipment in 2010 after a change in facilities management at L’Oreal’s UK & Ireland headquarters in Hammersmith Road, London.

Now, PTSG has been commissioned by facilities management firm Europa to carryout out the works once again.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “We are very pleased to have won back the contract with L’Oreal following a change in building management. The reason we lost it in the first instance was for the exact same reason.

“Buildings often change facilities management and we generally find buildings coming back to us via facilities management companies that use us in other areas or sites.

“L’Oreal is a fantastic global brand and we are delighted to be associated with them once again.”

With global headquarters in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, L’Oreal is the largest cosmetics company in the world, specialising in hair care, skin care, sun protection and make-up.

PTSG to deliver works at London-based MediaCom

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has secured a new contract to carryout maintenance works at one of the world’s leading media agencies.

The group’s South Suspended Access division has been commissioned to complete a winch overhaul as well as replacing the cradle cover on access equipment at MediaCom’s London base in Theobalds Road.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract to complete the necessary works at MediaCom’s London offices. These are works the team is vastly experienced in delivering so we are looking forward to getting on site and satisfying the contract.”

MediaCom plans and buys media for some of the UK’s smartest advertisers, working across all traditional, new and emerging media.

More than 800 people work for MediaCom, making it the largest organisation of its kind in the UK. It also has offices in Dublin and Ireland.

PTSG completes vital works on key facility at London’s Science Museum

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has carried out essential repair works at London’s Science Museum.

PTSG, which was commissioned to deliver works at the museum for the sixth year running earlier this year, has completed the repairs to equipment used to access the museum’s ‘The Blue Wall’, which hosts specialist exhibitions.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “As part of our ongoing work with the Science Museum, we were asked to manufacture a new roller after the original roller went missing. This is a vital piece of equipment for accessing ‘The Blue Wall’ at the attraction.”

PTSG took over the maintenance and testing of the internal façade access equipment at the Science Museum in 2008 and has delivered upkeep works ever since.

The works that PTSG carry out are crucial to ensuring the museum, based in Exhibition Road, South Kensington, remains open to the public.

Scott said: “The Science Museum is one of the busiest attractions in London. We are contracted for the maintenance and testing of the internal facade access equipment and these latest works to replace the roller will ensure the exhibitions remain open and fully functioning.”

The museum was founded in 1857 and attracts around 2.7million visitors annually.

It holds a collection of more than 300,000 items, including the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA and some of the earliest remaining steam engines.

It also houses an IMAX 3D cinema showing science and nature documentaries.

PTSG to complete vital works on nuclear power station in Suffolk

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has secured a contract to install a state-of-the-art lightning protection system at a nuclear power station in Suffolk.

The group’s Electrical Services division will install the system to a new dry store facility at Sizewell B, which is one of two nuclear power stations on the site close to the village of Sizewell.

Sizewell B is the UK’s newest nuclear power station.

Colin Sanders, UK Installations Operations Director at PTSG, said: “This project is one of the most highly specified projects PTSG has worked on.

“The team has shown an extremely high level of competence to secure the contract, once again demonstrating its vast amount of experience and knowledge in lightning protection and earthing sector.

“This system, when completed, will be one of the highest specified (BSEN 62305) lightning protection systems in the UK.”

Sizewell B is the UK’s only commercial pressurised water reactor (PWR) power station, with a single reactor. It was built and commissioned between 1987 and 1995 and is now operated by EDF Energy.

Work began to build the dry store, which will house spent nuclear fuel, in January. The existing spent fuel pool, which stores spent fuel under water, is expected to reach full capacity in 2015.

The new store will provide sufficient additional capacity for the lifetime of Sizewell B.

PTSG to play hand in £22m renovation of Norwich’s County Hall

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) will help deliver a £22m renovation programme at Norwich County Hall.

The group’s Electrical Services division has been contracted by construction company R G Carter to review and service the building’s lightning protection system (LPS).

Colin Sanders, UK Installations Operations Director at PTSG, said: “We have been tasked with ensuring that the LPS, which is installed to BSEN 62305, continues to provide the level of protection needed to County Hall in Norwich whilst the works progress.

“Once the renovation works are complete, we will ensure the system meets with the LPS standard. The main tower section of the structure has been completely re-roofed and currently all windows are being replaced so a complete review and test is vital.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with R G Carter on this project as well as associated projects of this nature in the future.”

The renovation programme, which was revealed in 2012, is taking place over 25 years and includes office space refurbishment and major exterior works on the aging city building, which is home to Norfolk County Council.

The council’s property consultant recommended the 50-year-old building’s offices be made open-plan and its external concrete frame repaired.

It added the entire building’s heating and electrics should be upgraded, along with adding insulation to all walls, floors and ceilings and the removal of asbestos.

Improvements to external roadways and paths were also outlined.

A report to the council said the first £14m worth of repairs would be carried out before April 2015.

PTSG to install lightning protection at Doncaster shopping centre

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is urging businesses to reassess their needs for a lightning protection system.

The call comes after PTSG’s Electrical Services division was contracted to install a new system at a popular shopping centre in Doncaster.

PTSG is set to complete the works at the Frenchgate Centre in the coming weeks.

Paul Colley, operations director at PTSG, said: “Lightning protection systems are vital to ensuring the protection of a business’s buildings and contents but more importantly the safety of its staff.

“The Frenchgate Centre is a very popular shopping centre close to a very vibrant large town so the importance of protecting a building of its type is huge. However, the need for this type of protection applies to any business premises.

“I would urge any business to reassess their need for lightning protection if their building doesn’t currently feature one.”

The Frenchgate Centre, which opened in 1967 is owned and managed by the Arndale Group.

In the 1980s, following a £200m facelift, it became the first shopping centre in the country with integrated public transport and retail interchange.

PTSG to carryout essential safety repairs at Walsall shopping centre

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is to begin a series of refurbishment works at a popular shopping centre in Walsall.

The group’s Fall Arrest Testing division has been contracted to deliver the works at Saddlers Shopping Centre and is due to start on site at the end of August.

Paul Evans, divisional director at PTSG, said: “The works are largely refurbishments of existing facilities at Saddlers Shoppping Centre, including access ladders and edge protection on the roof.

“We have also been asked to reinstate the mansafe systems that provide safe access to the atrium areas.

“The shopping centre is a busy attraction and the works will be carried out in such a way as to limit the impact on both visitors and staff.”

Saddlers Shopping Centre, which takes its name from the town’s saddle manufacturing heritage, is spread over two floors with access to the top floor from Park Street, the town’s main shopping area, while the lower floor is accessible from Bridge Street, next to Bradford Place Bus Station.

The top floor of the complex is home to Walsall railway station. Also attached to the centre is a three-storey car park.

Almost 250,000 visit the centre each week.

PTSG completes next-day Mercure hotel works in south Wales

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has carried out a series of repair works at a popular hotel in south Wales.

The group’s South Suspended Access division once again showed its flexibility and efficiency by completing the works just two days after conducting an initial survey at Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa in South Glamorgan, Cardiff.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa is a new site for us and one we are delighted to have worked on.

“We were initially asked to conduct a survey of the works needed. The engineers then rang through the repairs needed while at the site and a quote was given back to the client, which was accepted.

“Work began the same day with the engineers staying in the area overnight and completing the repairs the following day once a further engineer had delivered the extra parts needed.

“This delivery once again shows our commitment to providing the best possible service to our clients, which is something we pride ourselves on.”

The works included supplying and fitting two new limit switches, meshing under the machine to prevent birds nesting and fouling the area and a new power cable as well as re-fixing the buffering to the cradle and carrying out a full service and load test on the equipment.

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa is a four-star hotel with 165 rooms, 17 meeting spaces for up to 645 guests and a luxury spa with heated swimming pool.

Holland House is a 60m high building set over 15 floors and is the seventh tallest building in Cardiff.

PTSG secures further works at London’s Heathrow Airport

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is to carryout works at two of Heathrow Airport’s five terminals.

PTSG’s South Suspended Access division has been contracted by outsourcing company MITIE to complete a series of repairs at Terminal 3 and Terminal 4.

The contracts follow PTSG’s works at the airport earlier this year to provide safe working systems for maintenance works on the Terminal 5 perimeter road.

This is the main road leading into the airport. Due to the height of the banking on the edge of the road, there was an urgent requirement for a system (or systems) to ensure the safety of maintenance workers, such as landscape gardeners.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “Securing further works to work on a facility like Heathrow Airport is great news for PTSG and the team. It is an iconic airport and one that we are proud to be associated with.

“At Terminal 3, we have been asked to paint and treat the trolley system and at Terminal 4, the works consists of replacing a series of nuts, bolts and fixings. The airport is extremely busy so it is vital our works do not disturb passengers or staff.”

Heathrow is a major international airport and is the third busiest in the world (from 2013-14), handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe.

The airport, which is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, sustains 76,600 jobs directly and around 116,000 indirectly.