PTSG completes reverse engineering works at Centenary Plaza

 Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has completed reverse engineering works at an iconic apartment complex in Birmingham, bringing its non-compliant safety systems up to date with required certification and technical information.

Centenary Plaza is one of the largest apartment buildings in Birmingham city centre and is a popular place to live, with its futuristic yet classically modern architecture, smart interior specifications and balconies to every apartment. The plaza also has a desirable city centre location adjacent to Birmingham’s most upmarket shopping destination, The Mailbox.

Engineers from PTSG’s Access and Safety division attended the plaza to perform measuring, detailing and structural engineering where necessary, to bring the site’s abseiling anchorages and rails up to date and in line with statutory Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) 9(2) compliance standards. LOLER regulations place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment, and in the case of anchor points, ensure they are suitable and fit for purpose.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division provides design and installation services for safety at height equipment, alongside maintenance, inspection and testing solutions. Engineers from the division also recently attended Heathrow Airport to complete similar reverse engineering works to upgrade safety systems at the site.


PTSG installs lightning protection at Faraday’s former place of work

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) Electrical Services division has carried out improvements to the lightning protection system at the Institute of Engineering and Technology where Michael Faraday lectured and worked.

Faraday developed the faraday cage, an enclosure used to block electromagnetic fields. The system was invented in 1836 and the technology is still used in lightning protection systems, meaning that PTSG’s skilled engineers were testing and repairing his theory at his former place of work.

PTSG is well known for its expertise in designing, installing, testing and repairing lightning protection systems. With more than two decades of experience, PTSG Electrical Services is the UK market leader and member of the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS).

PTSG sales director interviewed at Facilities Industry Boat Party

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) group sales director, Andrew Dack, was recently interviewed about the Group’s support of the FM industry through sponsorship.

The interview took place aboard the Dixie Queen, the location of This Week in FM’s Annual Summer River Boat Party. PTSG was the evening’s entertainment sponsor and even featured in tricks performed by a magician at the event.

PTSG is a familiar name in the facilities management industry and pledges its support to a number of organisations including the British Industry of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Stoddart Review. Sponsorship is a great way for the company to play a part in helping the industry grow, as well as facilitating events that reward the industry for its hard work and allow clients and suppliers to meet face to face.

You can watch the interview by clicking here.


PTSG announced as finalist in BIFM Awards 2018 category

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is delighted to have been named as a finalist at this year’s British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards.

As one of the FM industry’s leading awards, BIFM aims to showcase the standard bearers in award categories that include: People, Innovation and Impact. Entries come from a cross-section of organisations regardless of size, type and sector from across the world. This means that being a finalist, or a winner, is a true achievement and testament to the great work carried out by the individual, team, project, collaboration or organisation.

PTSG is a finalist in the Innovation in Professional Development category, where it was shortlisted for demonstrating how its investment in people has benefitted the business and the wider industry.

Paul Teasdale, PTSG’s CEO, said: “It is a great honour for PTSG to be named as a finalist in the 2018 BIFM Awards. Reaching this stage in the Innovation in Professional Development category is a fantastic achievement for our team and we look forward to attending the awards evening to celebrate the industry’s successes.”

The 2018 ceremony will take place on Monday 15th October at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.


PTSG secures contract at Trinity Leeds

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) Access & Safety division has secured an order to inspect equipment at Trinity Leeds.

Trinity Leeds is a large shopping centre in Leeds city centre, covering 93,000 mof retail space across 120 stores. The centre won the ‘Design and Development’ award at the 2015 global VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value & Achievement) Best-of-the-Best Awards, hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

This contract will see the Group’s Access & Safety team visiting the site to ensure that all a single disability hoist and evacuation chair are working safely and efficiently. The team will be able to carry out repairs and replacements whenever necessary to ensure that any users of the equipment can do so safely and easily.

PTSG is well known for its access and safety work, with expertise in fall arrest systems, cradles, building maintenance units and other access equipment. Its teams have carried out work at shopping centres across the UK, including Meadowhall in Sheffield, Westquay in Southampton and White River Place in Cornwall.



PTSG keeps Network Rail on track

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to service access equipment at Network Rail’s headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales. The organisation’s headquarters, the Quadrant, opened in July 2012 and accommodates 3,000 staff.

Skilled engineers from the Group’s Access and Safety division will visit the site every six months to ensure that its two mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPS) are operating as they should be and meet British safety standards.

PTSG has provided a range of niche specialist services to Network Rail in the past, including lightning protection works at the £895m redevelopment of Reading station and at the company’s new London offices, One Puddle Dock.

INSIGHT: MPs demand sprinklers in all high-rise buildings

An MP’s enquiry has called for sprinklers to be fitted in all high-rise residential buildings to avoid a repeat of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017.

The housing, communities and local government committee assessed building regulations to address calls for change in the construction industry and identify measures that can be taken immediately to improve levels of safety.

One such recommendation was for sprinklers to be fitted to existing council and housing association-owned high-rise residential blocks. The committee also called for the government to issue guidance for private sector building owners that would allow them follow suit.

Sprinkler systems have been recommended by several officials including London Fire Chief Dany Cotton and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recent months 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 protect buildings and keep residents and building users as safe as possible.

PTSG keeps safety in style for Burberry

Premier Technical Services Group PLC’s (PTSG) fall arrest testing division has carried out a range of testing works for one of the UK’s most well-known luxury fashion houses, Burberry.

Established in 1856, the label is now popular across the world, and is most famous for its iconic trench coats. Its headquarters are located in London’s Horseferry House and the company has two production facilities in Great Britain, one in Castleford and one in Keighley.

PTSG’s skilled engineers have tested and certified a wide range of fall arrest equipment at the London and Castleford sites, including abseil eyebolts, ladders and handrails.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division specialises in the planned preventative and statutory testing and maintenance of all types of fall protection systems and suspended access equipment. Through organic growth and a number of strategic acquisitions, the Group has grown rapidly to become the UK’s leading access and safety service provider.

PTSG’s Access & Safety team to visit Lancaster City Museum

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) will be sending a team of fall arrest engineers to Lancaster City Museum to recommission a ManSafe system.

PTSG carries out a great deal of work in the installation and maintenance of ManSafe systems within the Group’s Access & Safety division.

A ManSafe system is used to keep operatives safe by connecting them to the system using appropriate PPE. The system comprises cable, post and fixings that are tested to take the fall of the user. The contract at Lancaster City Museum involves the testing and certification of the rooftop system, providing reliable fall protection for roof users.

The City Museum is housed in Lancaster’s former town hall, a Georgian building constructed in 1781-3. The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum.

PTSG’s skills to go on display at the Barbican

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) will be sending a team of fall arrest engineers to test ManSafe systems at the Barbican Art Gallery.

The Barbican is recognised as a leading arts and learning centre, and the gallery has hosted exhibitions from world-class artists and designers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jean Paul Gaultier. PTSG’s work there will help continue to keep users of the ManSafe system safe. These systems generally comprise cable, post and fixings to connect operatives via appropriate PPE.

PTSG operates four separate but complementary divisions: Access & Safety, Electrical Services, Building Access and Fire Solutions. It has contracts in place with a large number of museums and art galleries to provide a range of niche building services – many of which are on a rolling basis.