Acquisition announcement

Premier Technical Services Group Plc Acquires Access Contracting Ltd and Lightning Protection Testing Ltd.

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is delighted to announce the acquisition of Access Contracting Ltd and Lightning Protection Testing Ltd (LPT) – specialists in the maintenance, inspection and testing of permanent façade access equipment, fall arrest systems and lightning protection testing and repair. The businesses are based in Sheffield.

Paul Teasdale, Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Access Contracting and LPT as the latest additions to our Group. These acquisitions add to what are already market leading businesses and strengthen our engineering and operational base.
We are fully committed to the continuation of a successful strategy of achieving market leadership across the sectors in which we operate, and these acquisitions add to two well developed areas of the Group and expose our brand to new and existing clients.

“PTSG Access and Safety Ltd already operates successful market leading businesses in both fall arrest testing and installation of permanent façade maintenance, the acquisition of Access Contracting, which consists of a large amount of re occurring maintenance and testing revenue, fits very well with the PTSG model.

“Additionally, PTSG Electrical Services Ltd now has one of the UK’s largest lightning protection testing and maintenance businesses, the complementary acquisition of LPT will support the process of growing this business further.

“Both Access Contracting and LPT will retain their respective management teams who will continue to grow and expand the businesses as they are successfully integrated into PTSG’s Access and Safety and Electrical Services divisions. Nick Hayes, the joint vendor of both businesses, will remain with the Group and his vast experience and technical ability will make him very much a part of the highly skilled PTSG team.”

We wish Access Contracting and LPT a warm welcome into PTSG group of companies and look forward to working with them in the future.

Major London financier invests in PTSG’s expertise

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) Access and Safety team has been called upon to operate equipment in a project for major investment bank JP Morgan.

The contract arose when the incumbent contractor wasn’t able to operate the cradle equipment in the financier’s Bank Street building, situated in London’s Canary Wharf. PTSG’s access and safety team was called in at the eleventh hour to get the project back on course.

From initial observations, it became apparent the cradle hadn’t been maintained to a good standard. PTSG’s technicians make it their practice to carry spare equipment in their vehicles, and were able to complete the repairs on the spot, ensuring all equipment was fully operational.

Following a discussion with the client immediately afterwards, PTSG’s access and safety division has been awarded the maintenance contract on an ongoing basis.

Scott Hawtrey, Divisional Director of PTSG’s South Suspended Access team, said: “This project shows both the expertise of our team and our ability to produce high-quality work at a moment’s notice. I’m delighted that, on the back of our success in this project, we will be serving JP Morgan’s office building for the foreseeable future.”

JP Morgan is recognised as one of the premier financial institutions in the UK, with clients in asset management, financial banking, investment banking and treasury services. The new contract adds to PTSG’s growing access and safety portfolio of major London buildings, serving some of the world’s most respected brands.

PTSG wins Relay Building contract

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has completed the installation of a new ‘beneficial use’ machine for the Relay Building in London.

The machine, installed within the impressive office building in Aldgate, was intended to be used for a limited period only. Upon expiry of that period, PTSG’s access and safety cradles team was called in to assess its condition and identify any defects which had arisen.

The task is now in hand to return the machine to a fully operational standard, for hand-over to the principal building contractor.

The Relay Building, formerly known as One Commercial Street and situated next to Aldgate East tube station, has installed its own private tube train – as a waiting room. A huge sliding glass door was installed in the main entrance foyer, behind which sits an old sub-surface tube train for people to use when visiting the site.

It is perhaps the most unusual of all the major London buildings in PTSG’s access and safety portfolio, which has grown to encompass a significant section of the capital.

PTSG gives L’Oreal building maintenance unit a makeover

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has received the go-ahead from leading cosmetics firm L’Oreal to carry out vital maintenance work to the building maintenance unit in its UK and Ireland headquarters in Hammersmith, London.

When servicing technicians recommended that the four-yearly winch overhaul was due, the client quickly placed the order for the necessary equipment and the team commenced work.

The project will be approached several stages. First, the team will power up the cradle and remove the wire ropes. Next, the power will be disconnected and the winches un-wired from the cradle. The winches will then be removed from the cradle and taken to the manufacturer, where they will be stripped down, worn parts replaced and the bench tested. Once this process is complete, PTSG’s take the winches back and install them back onto the cradle, test it and put it back into service.

Scott Hawtrey, Divisional Director of PTSG’s South Suspended Access team, said: “This was a case of our team lending its experience and expertise to ensure the safe and smooth running of the BMU in L’Oreal’s headquarters building.

“This is an important client for us and one of a growing number in the capital for which we undertake a variety of access and safety work, with the vast majority of contracts renewed regularly. We are always pleased to have the opportunity to maintain their buildings to a high standard.”

Contract with tour operator takes PTSG team on UK excursion

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a contract with Thomas Cook to supply electrical services at 158 stores throughout the UK.

The main contractor is ISS, one of the world’s leading facility services providers. PTSG was sub-contracted for a range of electrical work based on its strong track record of work of a similar nature.

All work is required to be completed before Christmas, which will see five engineers from PTSG’s Electrical Services division working at full capacity over the next two weeks at UK-wide Thomas Cook branches.

Andrew Dack, Managing Director of PTSG Electrical Services Ltd, said: “This is a major project in terms of the geographical spread of work and the tight timescale.

“We were really pleased to get the contract with Thomas Cook, which is a household name in the travel sector – and through ISS, with whom we are proud to be associated.”

The contract rounds off an incredibly productive year for PTSG Group, which has seen its capacity for providing niche building services grow dramatically with the acquisition of a number of companies specialising in electrical services (including lightning protection), high level cleaning and working at height.

PTSG wins high-level cleaning contract at Dickens Yard, West London

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a significant contract with major developer St George to work on its Dickens Yard development.

Dickens Yard is a premium apartment complex in Ealing Town, West London. PTSG’s specialists will carry out full external cleaning of the development, to remove lime scale from all surfaces and to re-fix 220 fascia panels which have the wrong fittings.

The team of abseiling specialists was initially called out in response to an emergency to secure a window which had worked its way loose in recent high winds. The team worked in very difficult conditions, abseiling from level 18 (roof level) to level 15 to make a temporary fix.

It soon became clear that all the building’s fascia panels would need to be re-fixed in order to make them safe. The high level cleaning and repair work will take approximately a month to complete.

PTSG’s high level cleaning division has recently been busy in the south of England with a number of high-profile and challenging projects, from the design and installation of façade cleaning systems specialising in the use of rope access to the replacement of loose panels on high-level buildings.

PTSG’s high level cleaning division assists electricians at major London skyscraper

The high level cleaning division of Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted for the unusual task of helping its electrical specialists to replace light fittings in Heron Tower, one of London’s tallest buildings.

When a company was unable to be found for the task, PTSG was suggested as a trusted name. The group’s reputation as a complete niche services provider has grown rapidly this year due to the acquisition of a number of companies specialising in electrical services (including lightning protection), high level cleaning and working at height.

The project at Heron Tower involves the use of rope access specialists to facilitate the replacement of light fittings on all the staircases – using safety netting to ensure the 42-floor height poses no danger.

Work commenced at night, from level 42 down to 37, to avoid impacting the busy restaurant during the day. The team is continuing downwards, with the whole project likely to take around six weeks.

Heron Tower, owned by Heron International and located in Bishopsgate, stands 230 metres tall and has a number of high-profile business tenants including law firm McDermott Will & Emery and investment fund manager Securis Investment Partners.

PTSG awarded façade cleaning contract at Hendon Waterside

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been awarded a contract to install the façade cleaning system at Hendon Waterside, for Barratt West London.

Barratt is the UK’s largest housebuilder; Hendon Waterside is an impressive regeneration scheme set within 170 hectares of beautiful green surroundings overlooking the Welsh Harp reservoir. Once completed it will offer over 2,000 one, two and three-bedroom homes, most with a private balcony or terrace.

PTSG’s high level cleaning division has recently begun work on a number of high-level, challenging projects in the south of England, from the design and installation of façade cleaning systems specialising to the use of rope access to install lighting at one of London’s highest buildings.

PTSG to begin another term of work at London School of Economics

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has signed another contract with London School of Economics (LSE), for which work is due to commence in early December.

PTSG has successfully provided fall arrest testing for the world-renowned social science institution over the last four years, ensuring all installations are fully compliant with regulations. This contract renewal will see the team from PTSG liaise closely with staff at the school to make sure all works are performed efficiently and in a manner which is convenient to all users.

Paul Evans, Divisional Director of Fall Arrest Testing at PTSG, said: “We are really pleased to have renewed this contract with this prestigious seat of learning, where there are around 10,000 students.

“PTSG is a trusted name in the industry for fall arrest testing and has a growing portfolio within the higher education sector – where we provide fall arrest testing as well as other niche services. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with LSE, based on our high quality of workmanship.”

London Clinic to be offered wider portfolio of PTSG services

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has renewed its contract with the London Clinic.

Following a contract review meeting, PTSG is scheduled to commence fall arrest testing work in the new year. The group aims to increase its portfolio with the Clinic to include lightning protection testing and the provision of suspended access equipment.

Over the course of the year, PTSG has acquired a number of new companies, integrating three into the group within the last two months. This has significantly strengthened its range of services, with the capability of deploying specialist teams from different divisions at locations throughout the UK.

Paul Evans, Divisional Director of Fall Arrest Testing at PTSG, said: “These are exciting times at PTSG as with each contract renewal, there is the potential to offer further services within the FM sector.

“Fall arrest testing, while a core service of PTSG, is one of a wide number of services we now have great experience in providing.”

The London Clinic, established in 1932, is one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, with a number of premises across Harley Street and Devonshire Place. Over 1,000 staff work in specialist teams in clinical and non-clinical areas, with 300 consultant surgeons and physicians.