PTSG in control once again at Heathrow Airport

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is to deliver a series of essential maintenance works at the UK’s busiest airport.

PTSG’s South Suspended Access division already has a strong association with Heathrow Airport after completing works at Terminal 3, Terminal 4 and the Heathrow World Cargo Centre but has now been asked to carry out further actions at its control tower.

Scott Hawtrey, divisional director at PTSG, said: “The latest works we have been contracted to deliver includes a completed winch overhaul on the access equipment at Heathrow Control Tower.

“We have previously installed two manual release handles at the control tower as well as delivering a host of other works on different buildings at the airport so I am delighted to be able to further strengthen our association with such a high-profile facility.

“Carrying out works at any airport presents logistical challenges due to the number of people on the site at all times of the day and night but the works, like all of our previous works at the airport, will be delivered in a way that does not affect day-to-day operations.”

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.

PTSG secures further Media City UK works

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has secured further works on four buildings at Media City UK, Salford.

The group’s Access & Safety division has been awarded the contract in in partnership with Cofely.

The works to the buildings – BBC Dock House, BBC Bridge House, Media City Blue Tower and Media City White Tower – will be delivered by the company’s North Suspended Access team.

Mark Davison, divisional director at PTSG, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the job, in partnership with Cofely, to deliver winch overhaul works to four major buildings at Media City.

All of the works are scheduled to be completed by Christmas with care being taken to ensure there is as little effect as possible on the day-to-day operations of Media City and the organisations that are based in all four of the buildings.”

The announcement comes after PTSG secured a three-year maintenance contract on all of the Media City buildings to maintain the suspended access equipment and fall arrest safety equipment.

The group originally installed most of the access equipment at the prestigious site and is looking forward to working closely with Cofely once again.

PTSG delivers essential safety works for Marks & Spencer

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has completed essential safety works at Marks & Spencer in Warrington following an emergency callout.

The group’s Access & Safety division was called to the company’s Gemini store in Warrington after reports of a broken safety cable lining the fire escape route on the roof.

However, upon inspection, the team advised Marks & Spencer that a new route should be fitted to improve safety.

Paul Evans, divisional director at PTSG, said: “The initial callout was regarding a snapped cable – a routine piece of work for our team. However, due to the condition of the existing walkway, we advised that a new fire escape route would improve the safety of people using it.

“Upon our advice, the client instructed us to deliver the works. We removed the existing walkway and edge protection, and installed a new route with steel handrails. All of the works were carried out in a day and within a week of the initial callout.”

PTSG Access and Safety tests and certifies fall arrest equipment and suspended access equipment for all Marks & Spencer sites that have equipment throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The division has maintained this contract for a number of years and it works closely with the facilities management team at Marks and Spencer, holding monthly update meetings.

It provides regular asset lists with test dates and is monitored monthly by the client to ensure the division maintains a 100 per cent record.

As with various clients, M&S’s requirement of the team is to operate the company’s own management system on line, which is undertaken by PTSG without problem.

This is the kind of service the group offers to clients who wish for its teams to upload directly into their systems, thus saving them time and money processing paperwork and records. All data for M&S is uploaded by PTSG’s team on their behalf.

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Senior Test Engineer leading the way after PTSG embarks on training drive

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is celebrating after one of its engineers achieved a training milestone.

Senior test engineer Barry Hunt has completed his NVQ Level 3 qualification, making him the first engineer in the group to achieve the standard.

The achievement comes after PTSG’s Electrical Services division embarked on a huge education and training programme earlier this year as the company sought to consolidate its position as the country’s leading lightning protection organisation.

Craig Finney, test and inspection division manager at PTSG, said: “I would like to congratulate Barry on his achievement. It is testament to his hard work and dedication that he has achieved this standard and I am sure more of our engineers will follow.

“This achievement is particularly gratifying for PTSG after our decision this year to invest more heavily in people development having undertaken a skills audit to identify any underused skills and to recognise what might be needed for the business now and in the future.

“Barry is the first engineer in the group to complete an NVQ Level 3 and hopefully won’t be the last as we know that well-trained staff with the skills and confidence to work to their full potential can and will help us to grow.”

PTSG is a member of the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS) – an organisation that has been representing the leading players in the lightning protection and steeplejack industry since 1946.

At the forefront of all industry developments, ATLAS is committed to improving working practices, technical excellence and the skills of the workforce to provide the highest quality service to the industry’s clients. With the support of ATLAS, PTSG intends to train all of the company’s engineers to NVQ Level 3 standard in both test and inspection and installations. In addition, PTSG will ensure that engineers are either SSSTS or SMSTS accredited as applicable.

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PTSG CEO praises 2014 PFM Award winners following glittering ceremony in London

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG), a main sponsor at this year’s coveted PFM awards, has formally congratulated all of the shortlisted following the winners ceremony at the Brewery in London on Wednesday evening (05 November 2014).

PTSG was the proud sponsor of the Partners in FM – Corporate award and Chairman, John Foley, was delighted to present the accolade to 14forty with Airbus Defence and Space on the night.

The glittering awards ceremony, which was hosted by TV presenter Eamonn Holmes at the Brewery in London, attracted more than 650 people and was attended by the industry’s leading businesses.

Paul Teasdale, CEO at PTSG, said: “I would like to congratulate all the award winners and thank PFM for another fantastic awards ceremony. The standard of entries in all categories was extremely high and we were proud to be part of the celebrations. Events like this are always a fantastic way to highlight the fantastic work that goes on within this industry and this year was no different.”

The partnership between Cofely and North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has won the Partners in Public Sector and the Overall Award at the 21st PFM Awards.

Among other Awards winners were Simon Cox, MD of ISS Facility Services, who walked away with the prestigious Peter Middup Lifetime Achievement in FM Award this year. The award recognises an individual who has given their working life to developing this business sector.

From a humble beginning Simon started with 300 staff on a single contract. Now 30 years on, ISS Healthcare has a position in the provision of soft facility services within the NHS with about 14,500 people in more than 300 NHS establishments, and it also delivers support services to more than 85 per cent of RAF Stations and many schools across the country.

Please see below for a full list of award winners.

PARTNERS IN SUSTAINABILITY
Morrison with NG Bailey

PARTNERS IN FM CORPORATE – INTERNATIONAL
Sodexo with Unilever

PARTNERS IN EXPERT SERVICES
Incentive FM with Liverpool FC

PARTNERS IN FM EDUCATION FACILITIES
Cofely with University of Sheffield

PARTNERS IN FM – HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
Serco with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust

FACILITIES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD
iSite with Nationwide Building Society

PARTNERS IN FM – RETAIL SERVICES
FES FM with Kingsgate Centre

PARTNERS IN FM – PUBLIC SECTOR
Cofely with North East Lincolnshire Council

PARTNERS IN FM – RETAIL FACILITIES
Bilfinger Europa with intu Properties

PARTNERS IN FM – CORPORATE
14forty with Airbus Defence and Space

PARTNERS IN FM – SME ORGANISATIONS
Thames Cleaning & Support Services with the Blackstone Group

PARTNERS IN EXPERT SERVICES
Cofely with Peel Media

YOUNG FACILITIES MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Alex Murphy, ISS

PFM AWARD FOR PARTNERING TEAM MEMBER
Nicola Foster, Mitie