PTSG Access and Safety engineers receive Level 2 NVQs

Two of Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG’s) Access Maintenance engineers have achieved their NVQ Level 2 in Permanent Suspended Access Equipment.

Brothers Barry and Neil Hogg have worked incredibly hard over the last few months to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the use of permanent suspended access equipment.

Both engineers are the first to achieve this NVQ in the industry for a considerable amount of time. In fact, the qualification once risked being discontinued due to both a lack of engineers taking it and assessors accredited to award it.

PTSG has been instrumental in re-establishing this NVQ, collaborating with SAEMA to train PTSG’s health and safety consultant, Paul Campbell, to become a qualified assessor.

This has created more opportunities for operatives across the industry to achieve the accreditation through SAEMA, including other members of PTSG’s access maintenance and testing teams.

PTSG supports its teams in gaining qualifications and accreditations across a wide range of disciplines, and invests in regular training to ensure that its operatives always demonstrate the high standards of safety and workmanship the company is known for.

PTSG Clarity takes front-page spot in PFM Magazine

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) features on the front cover of August’s PFM magazine, with a double-page spread dedicated to the company’s innovative Clarity system.

The system is made up of four key components: ClarityOFFICE, ClarityPEOPLE, ClarityWORK and ClarityPORTAL. Each element of the system 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.

Clarity has been integrated into the business over the last year, and has already processed over two million audited transactions, generating over 30,000 documents. The article covers the benefits the bespoke programme has brought to the Group and its clients, greatly speeding up its processes and creating unbeatable efficiency, more intelligent scheduling and greater levels of safety for engineers.

This isn’t the first time PFM has covered PTSG’s innovative and value-adding Clarity system. In October 2016, the magazine took an in-depth look at the system, detailing the individual aspects of Clarity that make it so effective, giving PTSG’s engineers everything they need to do their job safely and efficiently.

To view the article in August’s PFM Magazine, click here.

PTSG keeps Historic Scotland’s castles in top condition  

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG’s) rope access teams have been travelling to historic tourist attractions across Scotland to keep them in top condition for the millions of tourists travelling across the world to admire them this summer.
 
The company has been contracted by Historic Environment Scotland to attend sites such as Stirling Castle, Dumbarton Castle and Edinburgh’s Old Tolbooth, among many others, to control and remove vegetation that grows on the structures’ stonework and masonry.
 
This vital work allows tourists to see these sites at their best, and PTSG’s engineers work tirelessly to turn each job around as quickly as possible, so as not to detract from visitors’ enjoyment.
 
PTSG has developed a strong relationship with Historic Scotland, stemming from a number of successful projects carried out in the past. In 2016, lightning protection engineers carried out annual inspections and testing of systems at 37 of the country’s best-known historic attractions.

PTSG protects art deco Hoover building

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has completed work to install a lightning protection system to a Grade-II listed art deco building in Perivale, London.
 
The Hoover building was built for the Hoover Company in 1933 and was used during the Second World War to manufacture aircraft parts. In more recent years, the front section of the building has been converted into 66 luxury flats, with the addition of a brand-new top floor to maximise residential space.
 
The site retains all of its original art deco features, and so the lightning protection system designed by PTSG’s Electrical Services engineers needed to be discreet enough to blend into the building’s façade, whilst assuring the safety of residents and the structural integrity of the iconic building.
 
The group’s lightning protection operatives are well practised in installing systems to listed buildings. The team recently carried out a project at the historic Harvest House in Felixstowe, which involved a two-year period of gathering the necessary approvals on the system’s design from heritage authorities, the local council, and – due to its prominent position on the coast – even the RNLI.

PTSG’s dry riser team assists the Guinness Partnership

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has successfully carried out a range of dry riser maintenance works for the Guinness Partnership, turning the work around with incredible speed.

The Guinness Partnership was founded in 1890 by the great grandson of the founder of the Guinness Brewery to help homeless people in London and Dublin. It has since grown to become one of the largest providers of affordable housing in England, delivering services for around 135,000 customers across 65,000 homes.

The group’s wet and dry riser maintenance company, UK Dry Risers Maintenance, won the contract to service eight of the organisation’s sites and has completed the work just two days later. While the company’s skilled testing engineers were finishing their final few tests, the client requested further testing at three additional sites. This work was successfully completed in just one day.

PTSG’s dry riser division is the leading installer of wet and dry risers in the UK, and its comprehensive maintenance and testing service helps to maintain the safety of thousands of people across the country. The group’s engineers have a strong reputation for delivering work quickly and effectively, often working to short timescales to ensure that the safety of its clients’ people is never compromised.

PTSG’s steeplejacks inspect Point of Ayr chimney  

A team of Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG’s) steeplejacks has carried out a safety-critical inspection of a 70m steel chimney at the Point of Ayr gas terminal in Wales.
 
The Point of Ayr gas terminal is located at the mouth of the Dee Estuary in Flintshire, North Wales, and exports gas from the offshore Liverpool Bay fields: Hamilton, Hamilton North, Hamilton East, Lennox and Douglas.
 
The steeplejack team carried out a full internal and external inspection of the terminal’s large steel chimney to make sure the structure was safe and compliant. Skilled operatives also carried out internal confined space refractory repairs to the chimney lining that had been determined in an earlier inspection.
 
Prior to undertaking the work, the team spent two years meticulously planning a rigorous safety regime in order to account for the fact that the chimney is always online. Despite the extra safety measures required not only for working at height, but on such a safety-critical site, the work was successfully carried out within the agreed timescale and budget.

PTSG continues lightning protection work with Toyota

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has carried out a lightning protection installation project for Toyota, following significant investment in the carmaker’s Derbyshire factory.
 
A £240 million redevelopment has completely upgraded the Burnaston plant, and marks the 25th anniversary of the first car rolling off the site’s production line. Today, a car can come off the Derbyshire factory’s production line every 60 seconds, and the factory even produced a limited edition Auris Hybrid car to celebrate this special milestone.
 
PTSG installed a static lightning protection system to the factory’s new paint mix room which will protect both the building and Toyota’s 3,800-strong team from lightning strikes and power surges in bad weather. 
 
The group’s Electrical Services division has carried out a series of lightning protection works at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in recent years. This is just one of many contracts the Group has renewed thanks to its high-quality provision of niche services, boasting an impressive contract renewal rate of 88 per cent.

PTSG handles the pressure for Curo housing association

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has completed a series of dry riser maintenance tests for Curo, a housing association based in Bath.
 
Curo is a house builder and housing association with over 13,000 homes across the West of England. The company is one of largest landlords in the South West, with a diverse portfolio of affordable and market rented homes.
 
PTSG’s dedicated wet and dry riser maintenance company, UK Dry Risers Maintenance, carried out fifteen dry riser pressure tests, working to an extremely tight timescale to ensure that residents’ safety was assured throughout.
 
The group has previously provided lightning protection inspection and maintenance services for Curo, proving itself to be able to provide high-quality and flexible specialist services, winning this further work thanks to its ability to provide a whole host of engineered products and services ‘under one roof’.
 
This unique approach to bundling services reduces costs within the supply chain and streamlines the procurement process, enabling works to be carried out more quickly and to a higher standard – as well as saving clients the time, effort and cost of procuring each service separately.
 

PTSG’s award-winning project to be officially opened by the Queen

The Firth of Forth’s brand-new crossing, the Queensferry Crossing, is set to be opened by Her Majesty the Queen in September, following years of work from several leading contractors including Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG).
 
PTSG carried out vital work on this project to install a bespoke enormous lightning protection and earthing system on the bridge, protecting the vital, 202m tall structure from lightning strikes. This work culminated in the largest single project of its type ever undertaken by the company.
 
The company’s impressive performance on this challenging contract led to it receiving the Partners in Expert Services (Single Site) award at the 2016 PFM Awards, recognising PTSG’s commitment to innovation and teamwork with the main contractor, SES Engineering Services.
 
The new Forth Replacement Crossing is Scotland’s largest transport infrastructure project in a generation, which involves delivering the new bridge and upgrading the connecting road network on both sides of the estuary. The Queen will officially open the crossing on 4th September 2017, exactly 53 years after opening the nearby Forth Road Bridge.

PTSG scales Drax’s 850-foot chimney  

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to carry out a series of challenging high-level works for Drax power station in North Yorkshire.
 
Drax is the largest power station in the country, responsible for meeting 7% of the UK’s electricity demand. When it was built, the reinforced concrete chimney was the largest industrial chimney in the world, and is still the tallest in the UK.
 
The amount of work involved in these contracts will see PTSG’s team of skilled steeplejacks fully occupied on shutdown projects from August to September. One such project requires a 10-man team to take possession of the site’s main boiler house chimney, which stands at 850 feet tall.
 
Early works have involved close inspection of caps to the chimney’s flue terminations by erecting specialist scaffolding. This has allowed the team to install specially designed support brackets to provide additional restraint to the titanium caps and lining.
 
The group was also successful in a rigorous and competitive tendering procedure that has resulted in being awarded the contract to carry out external concrete repairs to one of the 375-foot cooling towers on the site.
 
The specialist steeplejack division will use equipment that has been made bespoke for this contract to carry out reinforced concrete repairs to the external shell to the specification of the site engineers. 
 
PTSG has carried out similar repair work to Drax’s chimneys in the past, and secured these further works thanks to its team’s ability to work to extremely tight timescales without compromising quality or safety.