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PTSG completes Ministry of Defence work using video links

Premier Technical Service Group (PTSG) has completed a programme of complex works at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in London.

The works, which took two days to complete, saw the PTSG team carry out intricate flue repairs using camera surveys to provide with narrative to the clients to act as a report on the current condition of the flues as well as to outline any further remedial works needed.

A flue is a duct, pipe, or opening in a chimney for conveying exhaust gases from a fireplace, furnace, water heater, boiler, or generator to the outdoors.

Over time, due to the heat that passes through a flue system, damage may occur to the flue structure and PTSG offers a complete repair service to keep the system in working order.

Paul Teasdale, CEO at PTSG, said: “The programme of work was carried out over two days (Thursday and Friday) and was a fairly complex project given the nature and significance of the building.

“Needless to say security was very tight to the point of it taking five hours before work could even start work on day one. Providing a live commentary of the works to the customer is a rare service but it is something we have delivered successfully in the past.

“Our teams have vast amounts of experience delivering flue repairs but this was certainly one of the more interesting jobs.

“The MOD building is one of very high importance so it is a pleasure to have been able to work there and provide a service to the Government. Hopefully this will lead to more opportunities to work on the site in the future.”

The MOD is the Government department responsible for implementing the defence policy set by Her Majesty’s Government, and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces.

Its principle objectives are to defend the Great Britain and Ireland and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability.

The MOD is one of the UK’s largest landowners, owning 240,000 hectares (2,400 square kilometres) in 2010, which was valued in 2009 at nearly £20 billion. It also has rights of access to a further 130,000 hectares.

The National Audit Office estimates annual expenditure on the defence estate at £2.9 billion.

Its headquarters in Whitehall are now known as Main Building, which was originally built between 1938 and 1959 to designs by Vincent Harris to house the Air Ministry and the Board of Trade.

Within it is the Victoria Cross and George Cross Memorial, and nearby are memorials to the Fleet Air Arm and RAF. A major refurbishment of the building was completed under a PFI contract by Skanska in 2004.

Henry VIII’s wine cellar at the Palace of Whitehall, built between 1514 and 1516 for Cardinal Wolsey, is in the basement of Main Building and is used for entertainment.

The entire vaulted brick structure of the cellar was encased in steel and concrete and relocated nine feet to the west and nearly 19 feet (5.8 m) deeper in 1949, when construction resumed at the site after World War II.

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