PTSG recharges Stornoway’s batteries

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has delivered a rope access team to Battery Point Power Station in Stornoway to carry out high-level work at three of the station’s chimneys.

Battery Point Power Station is the principal source of electrical power for Lewis and Harris. Its chimneys are currently being extended and upgraded as part of a significant refurbishment project to ensure that residents in these remote locations have a steady and reliable power supply at all times.

The project involves the removal and replacement of the chimneys’ internal steel liners, and is being carried out in phases to ensure that the power station remains operational at all times.

PTSG’s highly skilled rope access team has extensive experience carrying out refurbishment and repair work to chimneys on challenging sites such as this one, including Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire and Lynemouth Power Station in Northumberland. The team has also travelled much further afield to carry out challenging painting work on chimneys for the Barbados Light and Power Company in Bridgetown.

PTSG puts the finishing touches on Parnell House

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) Electrical Services division has completed work to install lightning protection as part of a large regeneration project in Victoria, London.

The improvement works at Parnell House have created a large office space on the first six floors, as well as an additional three floors in which 14 luxury flats will be created. The building’s façade was also refurbished, improving the site’s overall appearance by bringing it into line with the nearby Grade-II listed Apollo Theatre and Neathouse Place.

PTSG’s skilled engineers have carried out a range of lightning protection works on site, including installing new systems to the brand-new elements of the building, and adapting existing systems on refurbished areas to ensure they give adequate protection.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division regularly undertakes projects at high-profile developments in the capital such as this one, including recent lightning protection installations at 255 Ealing Road in Brent and repairs at the luxury County Hall Apartments in Lambeth.

PTSG secures contract at Westminster Abbey

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to reconfigure Westminster Abbey’s lightning protection systems as it undergoes a series of roof repairs to its triforium and cloisters.

The famous Gothic abbey is one of London’s most popular attractions. It was founded over 1,000 years ago and has been the site of coronations and royal weddings since 1066.

As a result of the abbey’s age, it is continuously undergoing remedial works to maintain its structural stability and iconic appearance. Most recently, lead work has been carried out to the roofs of the abbey’s south triforium and cloisters.

As a trusted electrical services provider to the abbey for several years, PTSG has been called in to adapt the lightning protection system on these areas to ensure it still provides adequate protection to both the building and the thousands of visitors it receives every year.

The work will be carried out by PTSG group company JW Gray, which was acquired by PTSG in 2015. This team has carried out the annual maintenance and testing of the abbey’s lightning protection systems for the last 20 years. Although this may only be a fraction of the building’s long lifespan, the strong working relationship built over the last two decades is testament to the team’s efficient yet careful approach to work on this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

PTSG protects heritage sites at Manor Place Depot

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to install a number of lightning protection systems at a large residential development in Walworth in south east London.

The Manor Place Depot site is being developed by the housing association, Notting Hill Housing, in order to create 270 homes, as well as a mixed-use commercial space that aims to rejuvenate this area of the city.

The existing site contains several important heritage buildings, including the Grade-II listed Manor Place bath houses, which will be restored and preserved, and the commercial space will make use of the unused rail viaduct running through the site.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division will install new lightning protection systems to 13 buildings within the scheme. All work will be completed to the BSEN 62305 standard to ensure that the development’s future tenants will remain safe at all times, no matter the weather.

PTSG is a market leader in providing electrical services. In addition to lightning protection, the company also carries out electrical testing, fire services and steeplejack services for clients across the globe.

A blast from the past for PTSG at Flaxmill Maltings

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a contract to provide lightning protection at a historically significant building in Shrewsbury, known as the world’s first skyscraper.

Originally built in 1797, Flaxmill Maltings is a Grade I-listed mill located in Ditherington, Shrewsbury. It was the first iron-framed building in the world, leading to it being named the ‘grandfather of skyscrapers’, despite being only five storeys high.

The mill closed in 1934 and had a range of different occupants in the following years, but eventually became derelict. However, in 2010 plans to regenerate the site were approved, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund granted to restore the building, creating a visitor centre, café and office space.

Due to the site’s historical significance, PTSG’s lightning protection system had to be carefully planned and designed so as not to detract from the building’s appearance. This design then had to be approved by National Heritage to ensure that the system provided adequate protection whilst blending into the building’s façade.

PTSG has a great deal of experience in providing electrical services for sites that require a sensitive and meticulous approach. Recent work includes sites such as the Scott Monument in Edinburgh, St Andrews Castle and Cathedral and George’s Dock in Liverpool.

PTSG the most shortlisted business at PFM Awards 2017 for third year running

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been shortlisted in five categories for 2017’s PFM Awards, making it the most shortlisted company for the third year running.

In 2016, PTSG went on to win two of the top awards for its collaborative work with M&S and SES Engineering on the Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh.

This year, PTSG is a finalist in the Partners in Retail category as well as the Partners in Facilities Technology for the development of a unique and business changing proprietary software system called Clarity.

The Group has also been shortlisted in the Partners in Expert Services category and the for the Partners in Corporate award.

Finally, PTSG’s Andrew Dack has been shortlisted in the Account Director of the Year category, reflecting his great working relationship with some of the Group’s largest clients and his instrumental role in PTSG’s growth.

PTSG has been shortlisted for the PFM awards for six years running, which is testament to the strong collaborative relationships the Group has built and maintained through its unique approach to bundling expert services for the FM industry

PTSG to install lightning protection at island community scheme

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been commissioned to provide lightning protection services at St. Mary’s Island, part of the Chatham Maritime development project in Medway.

St. Mary’s Island is a 150-acre residential redevelopment by Countryside Maritime, a joint venture between the Homes and Communities Agency and Countryside that forms part of the 350-acre Chatham Maritime regeneration project.

St. Mary’s Island has the unique distinction of being Britain’s first and only strategically planned island community. It previously formed part of Chatham’s Royal Dockyard, and is divided from mainland Chatham by three basins. Once complete, the regeneration will provide over 20 acres of open space, providing room for a variety of outdoor activities.

As part of the development of Sector 11 on St Mary’s Island, engineers from PTSG’s Electrical Services division will install lightning protection, surge protection and earthing systems to a range of commercial and residential properties in the area, including townhouses, apartments and retail outlets.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division offers a range of specialist services, including a complete package of lightning protection works. The division’s highly-qualified engineers provide design, supply, installation, inspection, testing and maintenance services for lightning protection systems nationwide from a number of strategically-located regional branches.

PTSG saddles up at Hascombe Stud

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been commissioned to upgrade lightning protection systems at Hascombe Stud, a horse breeding farm in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Following a survey of the existing lightning protection systems, PTSG’s electrical services engineers concluded an upgrade was required as the existing systems, where fitted, were beyond their serviceable life, and to ensure the safety of the farm’s stables and buildings in the event of a lightning strike.

The new system will be installed in conjunction with several roof and chimney repairs taking place at the stables, and works will be phased accordingly. Systems will be installed in accordance with the international standard for Early Streamer Emission (ESE) Devices (NFC 17-102) compliance standards.

Hascombe Stud is a 290-acre stud farm owned by British diamond dealer and racehorse owner Anthony Oppenheimer. In 2012, the farm foaled Golden Horn, a talented racehorse who won the Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2015, while ridden by Italian jockey Frankie Dettori.

PTSG has a proud history of performing works in the horseracing industry. The Group’s Electrical Services division looks after the maintenance of numerous buildings for the Godolphin Stables company, and has performed electrical testing and lightning protection repairs at Doncaster Racecourse. A team from the Access and Safety division has also provided a fall protection system to assist a refurbishment project at the Grandstand of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

PTSG to install lightning protection system at historic Harvest House

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) will perform a lightning protection system installation at the magnificent Harvest House in Felixstowe, a building steeped in history.

Harvest House opened as the prestigious Felix Hotel in 1903. It was a hotel for nearly 50 years, the head office for British Multinational company Fisons for 30 years, and is now divided into retirement apartments.

There are 59 apartments in the five-storey building, available to retirees aged 55 years and over. Communal facilities include the Palm Court, dining room and sun lounge, kitchen, games room, chapel, laundry, gardens and a nine-hole putting green.

A lightning protection team from PTSG’s Electrical Services division is attending the site to install a new early stream emission (ESE) lightning protection system, replacing the existing system with a modern and more efficient solution.

To gain permission to complete the works, PTSG’s Electrical Services division had to consult both Felixstowe Town Council, and the Royal Navy Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), due to the building’s close proximity to the North Sea. Once installed PTSG will provide servicing and maintenance to the system for the foreseeable future.

PTSG invests in new all-Mercedes van fleet

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has upgraded its fleet of vans with a new range of Mercedes-Benz panel and crew vehicles.

Following this significant investment, PTSG’s engineering teams will now be seen across the UK driving brand new Mercedes-Benz Citan vans. They will operate alongside the company’s Mercedes Sprinters and Vitos which have been very visible at thousands of worksites across the UK in the last few years due to their very distinctive branding.

The Citan is an upmarket vehicle which is also economically and environmentally friendly, using innovative BlueEFFICIENCY technology to cut CO2 output and fuel consumption down as low as 67.3 mpg.

Paul Teasdale, Chief Executive at PTSG, said: “We have invested further in our van fleet to give our engineers the very best vehicles to work with, as part of our aim to continually improve efficiency and the quality of service we provide to our customers.

“The Citan is the only van in its class to be fitted with electronic stability control as standard, meaning it is one of the safest vans on the market, something which is extremely important to our business, as we seek to keep our people safe in all aspects of their work.

“The new fleet will offer a high-quality driving performance with emphasis on comfort and fuel-economy, which is important for our operatives – many of whom are on the road for long periods of the day.”

The new van fleet is now in operation across all divisions and can be seen on roads nationwide.

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