PTSG to visit University Hospital of Wales

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) will attend the University Hospital of Wales to provide maintenance and upgrades to the building’s access and fall protection equipment.

Specialist engineers from PTSG’s Access and Safety division will work to maintain and where necessary upgrade the hospital’s access equipment, including Latchways systems, end stops and eye bolts. The equipment is used to securely attach ropes and cables as part of fall arrest systems, ensuring safety when working at height.

The University Hospital of Wales is a teaching hospital of Cardiff University School of Medicine. It is the third largest University Hospital in the UK and the largest hospital in Wales, and was Europe’s first fully integrated hospital and medical school.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division has worked at the hospital previously, performing cradle maintenance services at this site since 2011. The group has a large and growing portfolio of healthcare sector clients, including Liverpool University Hospital, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, The Royal College of General Practitioners, Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, and is currently undertaking an electrical services contract at Darlington’s Memorial Hospital, installing lightning protection to the building’s new operating theatres.

PTSG top of the class at St George’s Hospital Medical School

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a contract to provide maintenance and remedial works at St George’s Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London.

The project will require engineers from PTSG’s Access and Safety division to attend the school’s Hunter Wing to provide services to the building’s access equipment, including wire brushing and painting of equipment and cradle tracks, and the installation of a storm clamp, which ensures the safety of cradles during winds or storms.

St George’s Hospital Medical School (commonly referred to as St George’s) is located in Tooting, South London. It was established in 1733 and is home to over 5,900 students. It shares a site with St George’s Hospital, a 1,300-bed major trauma centre.

The Group’s Access and Safety division previously attended St George’s to perform a series of maintenance works, including removal and replacement of track, carrying out much of the work during weekends. The division has also recently been awarded a contract to provide access equipment upgrades at the University Hospital of Wales, a teaching hospital located in Cardiff.

PTSG to work on top of the shops at Centrale Shopping Centre

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a contract to provide maintenance services to access equipment at Centrale Shopping Centre in Croydon.

Engineers from PTSG’s Access and Safety division will attend the centre to provide maintenance of the site’s mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) and jib systems which are used to gain access to perform works on the centre’s roof.

Centrale Shopping Centre opened in 2004 and is one of the largest covered retail developments in London. It contains large House of Fraser and Debenhams stores and around 50 smaller stores, including Next, H&M, Zara, Budwals and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division provides design and installation services for safety at height equipment, alongside maintenance, inspection and testing solutions. As well as Centrale, the Group has delivered niche specialist services at an impressive portfolio of UK shopping centres, including Meadowhall in Sheffield, Westquay in Southampton, Grafton in Cambridge, and Liverpool ONE.

PTSG gives L’Oreal’s headquarters a facelift

PTSG has been awarded a contract to provide repair and maintenance services to access equipment at the UK and Ireland headquarters of global cosmetics firm L’Oreal, in Hammersmith, London.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division will deploy engineers to provide repairs to cradle and track systems on the building’s roof, and also to supply and fit a new cradle trolley.

L’Oreal is the world’s largest cosmetics company, developing products for hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume and hair care. The company is active in dermatology, toxicology, tissue engineering, and biopharmaceutical research fields and is also the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.

PTSG has developed a strong partnership with L’Oreal and has carried out several servicing and maintenance projects at its headquarters in recent years. The Group takes great pride in its partnership working ethos, and enjoys working with several other major brands, including retail giants M&S and B&Q, providing a range of specialist services to hundreds of stores nationwide.

PTSG supports BIFM’s recommendations for procurement

BIFM’s Procurement Special Interest Group (SIG) has published a new guidance note to help facilities management companies understand statutory compliance across procurement projects. Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is actively supporting these guidelines by ensuring that the recommendations are fully integrated into the business, continuing its efforts to strive for best practice at all times.

The BIFM SIG supports the organisation’s members by producing such guidance notes and good practice guides, sharing knowledge and debating best practice in order to help drive the FM industry forward.

This compliance document highlights key information facilities managers need to understand in the procurement process, to ensure that all facilities and FM supply chain facilities remain statutorily compliant in areas such as legislation and resource management.

PTSG has always aimed to help make procurement for its FM clients simple and more reliable, and achieves this by offering a wide range of niche specialist 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.

As part of its operating model PTSG invests heavily in the training and development of its teams in all aspects of best practice, to make sure they are always inspired and equipped with the skills they need to provide the outstanding service the company name has become synonymous with.

In its short 10-year history, the Group has received more than 120 individual accreditations from a host of bodies, covering all matters of health and safety, staff engagement, employability and sustainability.

The company has also been recognised for its outstanding commitment to safety with the award of a Gold Medal at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017. The relentless pursuit of excellence in workplace health and safety has also seen it receive six consecutive International Safety Awards from the British Council.

Peter Brogan, BIFM Research and Information Manager said: “FM professionals can use this Guidance Note as a reference point for their work within procurement supply chain management and to ensure they are compliant with industry guidelines. What’s more, this publication can also help FM professionals achieve great results across their existing procurement process, by following industry advice about better investment and resource management.”

Fire chiefs call for sprinklers to be fitted in all schools

The BBC reports that the National Fire Chiefs Council has called for a change to building regulations to ensure that all new school buildings are fitted with sprinkler systems. Sprinklers are currently mandatory in new schools in Scotland and Wales, but not in England and Northern Ireland, and fire chiefs argue a huge opportunity to ensure pupils’ safety is being missed.

Less than a third of schools built since 2014 as part of the government’s Schools Building Programme have sprinklers fitted. The proportion of new schools built with sprinklers had dropped from about 70% a decade ago to a third last year, with just 5% of all schools in England and Wales fitted with sprinkler systems.

There have been no multiple fire deaths in the UK as a result of a fire in a building with a working sprinkler system. With around 700 school fires per year in England, sprinkler systems can play an important role in ensuring fire safety in any new school building.

Sprinkler systems have been recommended by the National Fire Chiefs Council because they are reliable, efficient and effective. In most cases, just one sprinkler is capable of extinguishing a fire as it starts, greatly reducing the risk of injury or fatality to those on site, as well as damage to the building itself.

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) helps public bodies and private companies across the UK keep their residents, pupils and customers safe, with a comprehensive fire solutions provision. The Group’s Fire Solutions division is comprised of the installation and maintenance of wet risers, dry risers and sprinkler systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguisher services, with skilled teams located across the UK ready to provide a range of installation, testing and maintenance work around the clock.

PTSG puts on a show at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been awarded a package of works to provide lightning and surge protection installation at the new Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.

The Haymarket Theatre is based in Haymarket Shopping Centre on Belgrave Gate in Leicester’s city centre. After closing in 2007, it is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to restore the building to its former glory.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division will deploy a team of specialist engineers to attend the theatre and provide surge protection to the site. The team will also work closely with the theatre’s developer to install a modern lightning protection system to the building’s roof, maintaining safety and structural integrity in the event of a lightning strike.

Originally opened in 1973, the Haymarket Theatre is undergoing an extensive refurbishment project, with 800 new seats and new sound and lighting systems to be installed. The updated site will house a café/bar as well as modernised foyer and entrance areas, with developers working to retain the look and feel of the original theatre.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division regularly undertakes projects at high-profile developments such as theatres and auditoriums, and has developed an impressive portfolio over the years. Earlier this year, the Group installed a new lighting protection system to the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, taking extra care to ensure the system’s appearance was sympathetic to the building’s historic architecture.

PTSG Fire Solutions wins Innovation & Excellence award

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been named as a winner in the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2017 thanks to its Fire Solutions division’s work with residential and commercial safety systems.

The awards recognise winners for their innovative ideas, global involvement, products, services and much more. The awards are sponsored by The International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), a global non-profit member network that serves a diverse group of more than 2,200 entrepreneurship centres. InBIA helps guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneurial programmes in every industry and demographic around the globe.

The Group was awarded the prize for Excellence in Commercial & Residential Safety Solutions, recognising its work to install, test and maintain a vast range of fire safety solutions, including wet and dry risers, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.

Earlier this year, PTSG announced its acquisition of UKS, a specialist in the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems. This, linked to its already extensive range of fire solutions, means that the company can now offer a turnkey fire services solution for building managers, construction companies and local authorities.

RIBA recommends sprinkler systems in all residential buildings

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has recommended that improved fire safety measures are taken in all residential buildings. This includes installing fire alarms in multi-occupancy buildings and sprinklers or fire suppression systems in all new and converted residential buildings.

The recommendation has been made in a submission to an independent review of building regulations and fire safety which was ordered by the government in June. The review, led by Dame Judith Hackett, is part of wide-ranging efforts to improve fire safety in residential buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Sprinkler systems are recommended by official bodies like RIBA because they are unbeatably reliable and effective. In fact, there have been no multiple fire deaths in the UK as a result of a fire in a dwelling with a working sprinkler system. In most cases, just one sprinkler is capable of extinguishing a fire, as when a fire reaches extremely high temperatures, the sprinkler closest to the fire activates, spraying water directly onto the flames beneath it.

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) helps clients across the UK meet the demand for dependable safety systems, with a comprehensive fire solutions provision comprised of the installation and maintenance of wet risers, dry risers and sprinkler systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguisher services. The Fire Solutions division supports building and FM companies and local authorities across the UK by offering the consultancy, design and installation support required to keep residents and building users as safe as possible.

PTSG in its element for Contract Chemicals

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) highly-skilled electrical services team division has successfully delivered high-quality static earthing and lightning protection to a large chemical plant in Merseyside.

Based in Prescot, Contract Chemicals is one of the UK’s leading independent manufacturers of fine and specialty chemicals. It partners with clients in a vast range of industries, and its products can be found in everything from antibiotics to photographic paper and salt and vinegar crisps.

PTSG’s Electrical Services engineers have installed specially designed static earthing and lightning protection systems to the site, meeting the demanding specifications of both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the client. The team’s thorough project management processes and excellent installation have seen them awarded with further works to ensure the site is safe and compliant, including providing surge protection.

Due to the use of chemicals at the plant, PTSG’s engineers worked very methodically, taking special precautions to keep worksites safe at all times. The company has a great deal of experience of working at challenging industrial sites, having carried out similar lightning protection work at PPG Industries’
plant in Stowmarket, as well as steeplejack works at BP’s Saltend
Chemicals Park and Drax Power Station to name but a few.