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.