PTSG hands over access solutions at luxury London residence

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has handed over beneficial use of many of the access systems at Southbank Place, a new world-class residential development in London.

The Group’s Sussex-based access installation engineers produced several bespoke access systems for the two main residences: Belvedere Gardens and Thirty Casson Square. Both are set in one of London’s most sought-after riverside locations, with Westminster and the London Eye just a stone’s throw away. The buildings at Belvedere Gardens offer 97 apartments, with one-bedroom residences starting at £1,050,000.

PTSG has delivered specialist services at some of the capitals most iconic high-rise buildings. Last year, it completed work at The Scalpel in the City of London, creating two of the largest BMUs in the world – as well as unique rooftop storage solutions. This led to a prestigious PFM award in the Partners in Corporate (Private Sector) category. Feedback from the judges underlined the high level of innovation and partnership working with Skanska, the main contractor, and Foster & Partners, the architectural design and engineering firm.

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PTSG attends parliamentary group reception on working at height

Two senior members of Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) recently attended the Houses of Parliament for the formal launch reception of the report on Working at Height from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

The APPG on Working at Height was established in October 2017 with the help of PASMA – the industry body for the safe use of mobile access towers. Its first inquiry report was published on 26thFebruary 2019 at the Palace of Westminster – the same date as the successful reception event. There has been enormous interest in the APPG on Working at Height from a diverse range of stakeholders, from big industry names and trade associations to SMEs and contractors. Falls from height still remain the single biggest cause of fatalities on site and in the workplace.

Mark Davison, Director of PTSG’s Access Maintenance Division, and Nick Hayes, former Managing Director of Access Testing for the Group’s Sheffield office, attended the event on behalf of PTSG and SAEMA – the national trade body for the permanent and temporary façade access equipment industry. They will stay involved in the APPG on Working at Height as the proposals are developed into actions.

Alison Thewliss MP, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height, said: “Our inquiry and report marks the beginning of the APPG’s work. Working with industry and government we hope to make recommendations that will create a safer environment for the millions of people who work at height every day.”

Since PTSG began trading in 2007, working at height has been central to its multi-disciplinary services, from the installation and maintenance of cradles to lightning protection systems, high-level cleaning and reparations – and many other specialist services. In 2018, the Group received a RoSPA Gold Medal for its achievement of seven consecutive Golds. This is testament to the uncompromising safety standards set by Terry Wilcock, HSQE Director, and implemented by engineers in each of the Group’s four divisions.

PTSG to help keep London skyscraper operating safely

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to deliver vital access and safety services at a major London skyscraper.

250 Bishopsgate is one of the most iconic buildings in the area of East London, close to Old Spitalfields Market. The 11-storey skyscraper was completed in 2000 and has been home to RBS since 2007.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. have been contracted to excavate and reinstate 73 plinths that were found to be defective on the ninth floor building maintenance unit.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. is the second-largest of the Group’s four divisions, providing a wide range of services and equipment including the safety testing of ManSafe systems and anchor devices, the installation of safety walkways, ladders and eyebolts, and the design, installation and maintenance of cradles.

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PTSG Access & Safety team moves into Premier Place

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to provide access maintenance services at a major redevelopment in the City of London.

The Premier Place project will see the complete refurbishment of a 1990s office block in Devonshire Square in the City of London. The redeveloped building will boast retail outlets on the ground floor, a double-height reception and a new secondary office entrance.

ISG as the main contractor has deferred to PTSG’s specialists to carry out ten-yearly examinations and overhauls to all the suspended access equipment on site whilst the site is undergoing the redevelopment.

The design, installation and maintenance of suspended access equipment is arguably PTSG’s area of greatest experience. PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. is the longest-established of the Group’s four divisions, the other three being PTSG Electrical Services Ltd, PTSG Building Access Specialists and PTSG Fire Solutions. PTSG often delivers multiple specialist services to its customers, saving them the time and expense of finding several providers.

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PTSG to work with Skanska at major London refurbishment project

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to renew its long-standing relationship with Skanska at 51 Moorgate, London, which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

The commercial building will provide eight floors of office space and ground-floor retail opportunities, with completion due later this year. Skanska, as the main contractor, is tasked with adding an extra floor and maximising the existing floor plates. They will also install floor-to-ceiling windows and deliver a reconfigured reception space. The high-profile location will be further enhanced when Crossrail opens at nearby Moorgate station.

PTSG’s access maintenance engineers will carry out ten-yearly examinations and overhauls to all the suspended access equipment on site during the refurbishment.

PTSG has worked with Skanska many times, providing a range of specialist building services at projects throughout the UK. In 2018, PTSG won the PFM Partners in Corporate (Private Sector) awards for its work with Skanska at The Scalpel, a major new skyscraper in London. PTSG’s engineers designed and installed two of the world’s largest building maintenance units, as well as innovative roof systems for their storage and concealment.

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‘Turned out nice’ for Formby thanks to PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has recently completed a contract with a leading Liverpool fitness centre, Sports Direct Fitness.

Most commonly known for its sports stores, Sports Direct Fitness Centre is situated in Formby, just north of Liverpool. Established in 1982, Sports Direct is the UK’s largest sports-goods retailer and operates roughly 670 stores worldwide. The retail group also owns a large number of branded gyms and fitness centres across the country.

The Group’s skilled engineers visited the site to inspect the building’s fixed ladder system. PTSG ensures that all fixed ladder systems work in accordance with the BS EN 14122:2004 standard. It is essential that this type of equipment is tested to reduce risks of accidents when working at height.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division employs some of the industry’s leading specialist in providing ideal solutions for identified fall-risks for employees working at height. Through a combination of strategic acquisitions and organic growth, the Group has grown rapidly to become the UK’s leading access and safety service provider.

PTSG wins Access & Safety contract at Newham Sixth Form College

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has won a one-year contract with Newham Sixth Form College to carry our cradles maintenance work.

Newham Sixth Form College (Newvic College) is London’s largest sixth form college, situated in East London, with over 2,500 full-time students. A comprehensive redevelopment is underway to create ‘beautiful functional spaces’ on the campus. Phase 1 provides 2,800m2 of new floor space and consist of a new library, student services facility and entrance block at the front of the campus.

Engineers from PTSG’s Cradles South division have entered into a maintenance contract, which runs from October 2018 to the end of September 2019. The Group’s Access & Safety division has a nationwide presence, with a huge portfolio of buildings in London and the south, where its operatives install, test and maintain permanently installed façade access equipment and fall arrest equipment.

PTSG to deliver ‘bostin’ contract at Birmingham University

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted by BAM to provide expert services at the Aston Student Villages in Birmingham.

The Aston Student Villages are a residences project providing 2,350 en-suite bedrooms on Aston University’s campus in Birmingham City Centre. PTSG’s engineers have the dual task of re-instating the excavated plinth and completing a thorough maintenance and testing of the suspended access equipment.

This project is indicative of how PTSG works seamlessly with large, first-tier organisations such as BAM, providing multiple niche specialist services to ensure buildings are safe, efficient and fully functional.

PTSG has a large and ever-expanding portfolio of buildings in the education sector. It has provided numerous schools and universities throughout the UK with a range of products and services from electrical testing to installing and testing Mansafe systems and, more recently, the installation and testing of sprinkler systems and other fire safety and suppression measures.

PTSG goes to work at Manchester office building

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is nearing the end of a cradles maintenance contract at a major office building in Manchester.

17 York Street is situated in the city centre, on the corner of York Street and Fountain Street. It is a prominent, purpose-built office building with units available over six floors. The 5th and 6th floors can be split to offer units from 4,000 square feet to 16,534 square feet.

Engineers from PTSG’s cradles maintenance division routinely provide maintenance, inspection, testing and repair services for all types of equipment at buildings like 17 York Street, including building maintenance units, gantry systems, cradle systems, monorail systems and lifting equipment.

Access & Safety was the first of PTSG’s four business divisions to be established and its engineers are some of the most experienced practitioners working in the industry today. With a contract renewal rate above 85%, PTSG develops lasting relationships with the vast majority of its clients, which is testament to the high quality of workmanship and customer service. The Group is also renowned for its uncompromising approach to safety and was proud to receive its seventh consecutive RoSPA Gold Medal in 2018.

PTSG secures another contract with M&S

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted by Marks & Spencer to undertake fall arrest work at one of the company’s leading London stores.

The Group’s engineers will provide planned preventative maintenance (PPM) of Mansafe equipment at the store at 10 Cardinal Place, a retail and office development near Victoria station and opposite Westminster Cathedral.

Marks & Spencer is an enduring retail brand, which began in 1894 in a small shop in Manchester, and now boasts more than 300 stores in the UK and 400 stores worldwide. It is one of Britain’s most reliable and trusted stores, famed for selling high quality food, clothing and lingerie and household goods.

PTSG has established an equally enduring partnership with the retail giant. The Group was originally commissioned by M&S to carry out fall arrest testing at a handful of its stores. Following continued successful delivery, PTSG now delivers a wide range of services, including cradle maintenance, fall arrest and lightning protection across many stores nationwide. Its engineers also provide cost-effective suggestions and solutions to M&S.