Integral Cradles Ltd. balances on The Scalpel’s edge

PTSG Group company Integral Cradles Ltd. has successfully secured the contract to provide the access equipment on a striking skyscraper currently under construction in London.

The Group’s expert engineers were called upon to install the two pieces of building maintenance access equipment and a moving roof for The Scalpel at 52 Lime Street, which will enable the safe and easy storage of this access equipment.

The Scalpel, which is set to be completed in 2017, is located in the capital’s financial district, where PTSG has completed a large amount of successful work, utilising its working-at-height expertise to provide innovative solutions for some of the City of London’s most uniquely shaped buildings.

The Scalpel is in keeping with the City’s portfolio of iconic skyscrapers, and also follows the recent trend of nicknaming new buildings according to their shape, such as the nearby Leadenhall ‘Cheesegrater’, also competed with Integral Cradles’ equipment, with 52 Lime Street going so far as to adopt The Scalpel as its official name.

Integral Cradles adds to its City of London portfolio

Integral Cradles, part of Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG), has secured a further order in the City of London, building on a recent contract to install access equipment at One Blackfriars.

The Group company, which specialises in access and safety, have secured the order to install two pairs of large moving doors to the development’s Blackfriars Tower, which will be used to allow discete parking of the building’s access equipment. Integral Cradles Ltd’s skilled engineers are also due to install the access equipment on the site, and these doors will allow the equipment to be operated while maintaining the aesthetic curves of this iconic tower.

Blackfriars Tower stands at 170m at the heart of the London development, which will provide 274 homes, a boutique-style hotel over six floors, a number of shops and a new public piazza. The development is made up of three buildings, of which Blackfriars Tower will be the most impressive, and a fitting addition to London’s iconic skyline.

PTSG has provided high-level specialist services to several of the capital’s most recognisable skyscrapers, and is currently lending the expertise of its specialist teams to several large development projects like this one.

PTSG completes challenging work in the Scottish Islands

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has recently completed the re-testing of lightning protection systems at a number of sites in Scotland for Scottish Water, as part of its three-year contract with the water and sewerage provider.

The 99 sites the Group is required to visit as part of this contract include several extremely remote areas of Scotland’s islands, including the Shetland Islands and the Isle of Orkney. The logistical issues that come with accessing sites like these are numerous, and a considerable amount of planning was required to coordinate ferry travel, hotel bookings and site opening times.

The testing and inspection team faced another unique problem when completing this work, in the form of territorial seagulls! The threat of being dive-bombed by an aggressive seagull meant the team had to improvise, fashioning bird deterrents out of anything they could find on site.

Nevertheless, the PTSG team completed the work to its usual high standard, overcoming the islands’ novel obstacles, and furthering PTSG’s reputation as an industry leader in working at height.

PTSG is a proud BIFM Awards Gold Sponsor

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is delighted to announce its Gold sponsorship of this year’s prestigious BIFM awards, taking place on 10th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

This will be the company’s third year as a main sponsor for the BIFM awards, one of the FM industry’s most important annual events. PTSG will once again be supporting the FM Team of the Year category, an accolade currently held by Nationwide and Carillion. This award is always one of the event’s most competitive categories, with so many outstanding FM teams delivering innovation and value to their organisation and customers.

Paul Teasdale, PTSG’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be able to support BIFM through our sponsorship, as the organisation does so much work to support the FM sector, an industry that we are heavily involved in. The awards ceremony is always a wonderful night, and it’s great to be able to celebrate the industry’s great talent and achievements.”

For updates on the BIFM awards ceremony and each category’s finalists, visit: www.bifmawards.org or follow @BIFMAwards on Twitter.

UK first as PTSG supports five councils

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has landed a contract to supply a broad range of services to a large number of council properties across five different boroughs.

The five-year contract will see the Group caring for more than 1,700 council properties, predominantly providing fixed-wire and PAT testing services, but also extending to cover services such as lightning protection and the maintenance of fall arrest systems.

PTSG has been contracted, as part of a wider package of measures, to provide specialist services for South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Havant Borough Council, Hart District Council and Mendip District Council.

The councils’ decision to outsource facilities management in this way is a UK first, and is estimated to save £50m over the next nine years. PTSG’s bundled service offering enables such competitively-priced niche specialist services by streamlining the provision of work in the most efficient way possible, and this multi-disciplinary offering has also proved successful for PTSG, contributing to its impressive 88 per cent contract renewal rate.

PTSG installs fall arrest systems totalling over a kilometre in length

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has recently finished extensive works to install fall arrest systems at the newly built Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC), which converts waste into energy.

The Group’s access and safety division installed fall arrest systems as well as PVC walkways and steps along the building’s roof, totalling almost 1,400m in length.

PTSG carried out these installation works on behalf of Vinci, which has been contracted to construct the entire building, one of the largest building projects Cornwall has seen in recent years. Now in the final stage of construction, CERC will soon move into the testing phase in order to ready the building for full operation.

CERC is an important initiative in helping the country reach its targets for energy and the environment. The plant converts waste material into heat and power, and will generate around 20 megawatts of electricity whilst diverting 90 per cent of the county’s residual waste away from landfill.

PTSG delivers new BMU for No.1 Spinningfields

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has signed off another building maintenance unit (BMU) destined for the prestigious No.1 Spinningfields project in Manchester.

PTSG won a contract with BAM Construction to install two large telescopic machines on the building earlier this year, and will use a state-of-the-art BMU developed by the organisation’s industry leading team.

PTSG’s Access and Safety Director, Karl Greenfield, accompanied the BAM team to inspect the latest telescopic machine, which has a 20-metre-reach, this week and said: “This has been a truly collaborative project that will see one of the industry’s leading BMUs safely installed in Manchester, and after another successful inspection with colleagues from BAM, we look forward to incorporating it into the Spinningfields project next month.”

No.1 Spinningfields is a revamped 19-storey office building with a skyline restaurant, commanding unparalleled views of Manchester. This is a major undertaking, representing a significant investment from the ultimate client, Allied London.

This project extends the Group’s impressive record of successfully utilising a variety of access systems such as monorails, travelling gantries and BMUs, underlining its status as one of the industry leaders in façade access.

PTSG helps to power Barbados

A team of engineers from Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) electrical services division recently travelled to the Caribbean to complete work at a large power station.

The Group’s steeplejack team were contracted by the Barbados Light and Power Company, which is currently the country’s sole electricity provider, to paint a sizeable chimney stack at one of its power stations.

The Caribbean heat made this job particularly challenging, but PTSG’s electrical services division has completed a number of international contracts, including several in the Middle East, and so were able to complete the work in good time while enjoying a very pleasant change of scenery.

The international demand for PTSG’s electrical expertise is testament to the Group’s knowledge and experience, with a vast and varied steeplejack services provision, including inspection surveys, maintenance, demolition and dismantling, steel chimney design, rope access, and waterproofing.

PTSG illuminates Edinburgh landmark

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has recently completed a project to maintain one of Edinburgh’s most popular landmarks.

The Group’s electrical services division has fulfilled a contract to install lighting on Edinburgh’s famous Scott Monument, as well as carrying out stonework to the 170-year old tower’s complex Gothic design, which contains 64 smaller statues of prominent Scots around its four lower columns and main spire.

The Scott Monument was commissioned following the death of Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most famous novelists, whose works such as Ivanhoe and Waverley are still widely read today. Not only is Scott memorialised in the Scott Monument, which is the largest monument to a writer in the world, but he inspired the name of the nearby Edinburgh Waverley railway station, and even appears on Scottish banknotes.

At an impressive 200 feet tall, the monument was challenging to access, but the Group’s specialist engineers are well-practised in utilising a variety of access techniques in order to complete work at unique and unothodox sites, and so were able to complete the work to their usual high standards.

PTSG returns to Iraq

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has returned to Iraq to complete more specialist high-level work, completing a total of four trips to the country in the last six months.

The Group’s experienced steeplejack team, operating as part of the electrical services division, completed two trips to Iraq in just two months to set up communication links on behalf of Basrah Gas Company.

The Basrah Gas Company aims to improve the infrastructure Iraq’s oil producers currently use in order to allow the country to fulfil its potential as one of the world’s top gas producers. Iraq is currently the world’s fourth largest gas flaring country, and Basrah Gas Company was set up by South Gas Company, Shell and Mitsubishi in order to address this wastage, which will not only boost Iraq’s economy, but greatly reduce its CO2 emissions.

As countries in the Middle East continue to invest in huge developments like this one, PTSG finds itself sending teams to assist in such specialist works more and more often. This is the second contract of this kind completed by PTSG, and the Group’s electrical services division has previously travelled to Qatar to install lightning protection at Hamad International Airport in Doha.