First class opportunity for PTSG at Network Rail’s new London office

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to carry out lightning protection works at One Puddle Dock in London, as part of a large-scale, £20 million refurbishment of the site.

The site, located near Blackfriars Station, will create a new workspace for almost 600 Network Rail staff, when the company moves in to the completed building in early 2017. It will feature a brand-new plaza, with unrivalled views of St. Paul’s Cathedral across the River Thames.

The six-storey building is currently undergoing major refurbishment works, and is being completely stripped and refitted. Once complete, One Puddle Dock will provide 100,000 sq ft of office space for Network Rail, with new M&E installations, lift installations, windows and external doors. The development project also aims to make better use of the ground floor space of this prime location, with several new shops moving into the space.

PTSG is one of the leading suppliers of lightning protection services in the UK. The Group provides a full nationwide design, supply, installation, inspection, test and maintenance service from its six strategically-located regional offices in Edinburgh, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Dereham, Bristol and Witham.

PTSG secures contract at new site on London’s Oxford Street

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to install lightning protection for a new development at 73-89 Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors.

The project will transform the existing time-expired buildings at the site, creating over 88,000 sq ft of new, high quality retail and office space across 16 units. Oxford Street is London’s most famous shopping street with over 300 shops, and from 2017, this development will be home to the 31,800 sq ft flagship store of British fashion retailer New Look.

The development was designed in such a way to respect the character of buildings in the neighbouring Soho conservation area. PTSG has vast experience working on sites which require contractors to be sympathetic to the building’s aesthetics, and the Group’s lightning protection engineers have the necessary expertise to install systems that are subtle enough to go unnoticed, without compromising on safety or quality.

PTSG installs lightning protection to Amazon’s future home

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been awarded a contract to install lightning protection to the future home of Fortune 100 online retailer, Amazon.

The Group’s expert lightning protection engineers are currently on site at Principal Place, near Liverpool Street Station in London. The 16-storey mixed-use building is part of a larger development on the edge of London’s financial centre, which will include a 50-storey residential tower, and brand new public piazza.

The site is historically significant, and during excavation works for the building’s two-level basement, archaeological experts were on site to expose the extensive remains of the Curtain Road Gasworks, which opened in 1813, and closed nearly 60 years later.

The new Principal Place development will create over 600,000 sq ft of new office space, two thirds of which will be occupied by Amazon’s 5,000 London-based employees in 2017. It will also be home to a large roof terrace on levels 10 and 16, offering views across London, as well as a full height internal atrium.

PTSG has carried out a range of specialist works at new and impressive developments across the capital, including buildings such as ‘the Scalpel’, which are sure to become icons of the London skyline in the future. The innovative architecture of these new buildings, such as Principal Place, pose numerous challenges for the Group’s engineers, but their extensive knowledge and experience allows them to carry out these works to their usual high standards.

PTSG continues work with Statutory Support Services

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to deliver testing and inspection of lightning protection at an increased number of sites for specialist building service provider, Statutory Support Services.

The Statutory Support Services Group provides a range of specialist maintenance services across the UK, and aims to help its customers achieve statutory compliance in a number of areas, including mechanical services, building hygiene and security.

As PTSG is well known for safe and compliant working, Statutory Support Services is an ideal business partner, and the two companies’ aligned goals have allowed PTSG’s engineers to easily and swiftly undertake these inspections to their usual high standards. The team will now carry out testing and inspection services at 17 additional sites, resulting in comprehensive reports and safety recommendations for each individual building.

The Group has had great success in securing business growth through the successful delivery of existing contracts, and in 2016 its renewal rate was an impressive 88 per cent. Its longstanding partnerships with companies like Statutory Support Services recently led to the Group winning two PFM Partnership awards, a ceremony which celebrates positive and fruitful partnerships in the facilities management industry.

PTSG holds ‘the quay’ to success at Britannia Village

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has won a contract to test and inspect the lightning protection systems at 19 buildings for two of Britannia Village’s residents management companies (RMCs).

Britannia Village is a residential development in East London’s Royal Docks, and includes 201 houses, 650 flats and 140 Peabody Trust units. The area has a rich shipping history which is reflected in its public areas, including the dock front with its false quay and eight preserved dockyard cranes.

The Group’s lightning protection engineers will attend 19 sites across the area, testing and inspecting lightning protection to the British Standards to ensure that the buildings and their residents and visitors are adequately protected in lightning storms.

PTSG has a vast experience carrying out work at residential developments, and recently announced an increase to its testing and inspection contract with the UK housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, as well as a contract with affordable housing provider Paragon Housing. The Group is known for its dedication to health and safety, and prides itself on creating the safest possible environment for residents, with the minimum amount of disruption.

PTSG provides health check for Good Hope Hospital’s lightning protection systems

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has carried out extensive tests to the lightning protection systems at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham, building on its expertise in carrying out work on healthcare facilities.

Good Hope Hospital is located in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, and serves a catchment area of almost half a million people. It is also home to a Partnership Learning Centre which is part-funded by the University of Birmingham’s medical school.

The Group’s engineers carried out a full test to the site’s lightning protection system, and produced a detailed report listing various upgrades and improvements to the entire hospital site. Each task is categorised according to its urgency under either immediate works or recommended works, which allows the hospital to manage its budget responsibly without compromising the quality of the lightning protection system or the safety of site users.

This is just one of the many hospitals for which PTSG has carried out work, having previously installed lightning protection at Darlington Memorial Hospital, and provided electrical testing at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. The Group has twice been shortlisted in the PFM awards’ Partners in Healthcare category, recognising its commitment to carefully plan and implement all works so as not to disrupt the critical activities carried out at these sites every day.

PTSG’s rope access teams enjoy the view from One Tower Bridge

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) High Level Cleaning division has recently carried out a specialist clean to the One Tower Bridge luxury development on the bank of the River Thames.

The mixed-use development houses a total of 396 residential units, as well as a number of commercial and cultural spaces. Many of the development’s residential units have an unimpeded view of Tower Bridge, which is undoubtedly one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. It features a host of state-of-the-art facilities, and even includes a virtual ‘urban golf course’ in the basement.

The Group’s rope access teams were assigned the task of removing adhesive graphics from the building’s external elevations, allowing the client to avoid having to resort to the use of scaffolding, which is unsightly and expensive. PTSG also carried out a full clean to the building’s façade and stonework ledges, ensuring that it was completely ready for the first residents to move in.

PTSG’s rope access teams work on a wide range of projects across the globe, providing access solutions for a variety of clients. These range from installing communication dishes in Iraq and painting tall steel chimneys in Barbados, to installing LED lighting systems to British landmarks such as the Scott Monument in Edinburgh.


PTSG moves in next door to Her Majesty the Queen

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been awarded a contract to carry out a range of testing works at the No.1 Palace Street redevelopment project in St. James’s Park.

The development project will see improvements to a Grade II listed building opposite Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Gallery. The site will include 72 apartments, of which 14 will have a view directly overlooking the Palace’s garden.

The entire building, with the exception of the historical façade, will be completely rebuilt, and PTSG has been brought in to ensure that the building’s front wall remains protected throughout the project. A large steel frame is supporting the original facade while the development is underway, and the Group’s engineers will carry out vital testing works to this frame over the next 18 months to ensure it remains secure throughout.

PTSG has carried out a range of projects for a number of listed buildings, including recent lightning protection works for the Clifton Observatory in Bristol. The Group has built a strong reputation for carrying out work across all of its divisions with the care and attention to detail which these jobs require.

PTSG carries out further lightning protection work for Paragon

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to deliver lightning protection testing and inspection services at 17 new sites for Paragon Community Housing, building on its existing contract.

Paragon is an award-winning provider of affordable housing and services in the South East and West London. It owns and manages 9,000 homes across several boroughs, with plans to build another 500 houses before 2019. The expertise of the Group’s dedicated electrical engineers will ensure that these buildings are protected from potential structural damage in bad weather, as well as protecting Paragon’s many tenants from the potential of fire and electrocution caused by lightning strikes.

PTSG has carried out a range of services for several residential housing groups, including Wakefield District Housing, with which it won a four-year contract for lightning protection testing and maintenance earlier this year.

The Group is known throughout the FM industry for the quality of its work in lightning protection, which forms just one aspect of its ever-expanding electrical services provision and includes fire services, electrical testing and steeplejack services.

PTSG Clarity gets the industry talking

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) bespoke software system, Clarity, has been featured in two major FM publications this month, both focusing on the difference the programme is making to how PTSG serves its customers.

PTSG’s software development team has built the Clarity system to improve the business’s day-to-day operations, making its processes much quicker by allowing for more effective job scheduling, real-time engineer tracking across the UK, and more direct customer communication.

The system is made up of four key components: ClarityOFFICE, ClaritySALES, ClarityWORK and ClarityPORTAL. Each component is designed with the specific requirements of individual departments in mind, ensuring that everyone at PTSG, including the administrative team, business development managers and on-site engineers are all able to do their jobs more efficiently. and the October issue of PFM magazine both cover the programme’s implementation across the Group’s access maintenance division, following over a year of development and programme trials.

In this short time, PTSG is already operating more effectively, with more engineers out on location or travelling between sites at any one time, with no effect on organisation or safety. The Group’s customers are also able to enjoy the optimised channels of communication Clarity offers, with work being carried out at a quicker rate than ever before.

You can read more about Clarity in TWinFM’s article here, as well as in the October issue of PFM magazine here.