PTSG to take part in off-road charity cycle ride

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to continue its record of gruelling sporting events in 2019 with participation in the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride.

A team of five electrical estimators from the Group’s southern lightning protection office will take to their mountain bikes on 21st September for the exhilarating 75-mile track over varied terrain. It’s a challenging route, which begins in Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames and finishes at Hove Lawns, Brighton, with the final straight offering fabulous sea views.

PTSG entered the same course last year, when inclement weather and a lack of training made for a tough ride. Better preparation will hopefully pave the way for a smoother ride in 2019. All money raised will go to the British Heart Foundation.

Anther of PTSG’s keen cyclists completed the ultra-endurance Mallorca 312 earlier this month. This stunning but daunting event took Richard Castle-Smith – Head of Fire Suppression at Trinity Fire & Security Systems – around the island of Mallorca in a sunrise-to-sunset event, raising over £4,500 in the process.

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Champions League – PTSG completes fire solutions for Tottenham Hotspur

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has recently completed the installation of a new dry riser at Tottenham Hotspur’s training facility.

The new architecturally designed Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre has been built on 77 acres and is located on Hotspur Way, Enfield. It is the home of the Club’s First Team and Academy and is recognised as one of the best in Europe. Engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. installed 40 metres of high-level feed to serve one outlet valve.

Fire Solutions is one of the Group’s four discrete but complementary business divisions, each delivering specialist services for the construction and FM sectors. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. is the fastest-growing area of business for PTSG, with services and equipment in constant demand by customers up and down the country, within both the public and private sectors.

PTSG’s teams offer a wide range of services to ensure the safety of building users in the event of a fire, including safe cladding installation, wet and dry-risers installation and maintenance, sprinklers and other extinguisher systems, fire alarms and emergency lighting installation and testing.

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PTSG busy with lightning protection contracts in the south

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) Electrical Services division has enjoyed a busy period of work recently with a number of new contracts and ongoing work for some well-known and highly prestigious buildings.

The Group’s lightning protection office in Witham, Essex, is pleased to announce new contracts for the installation of new lightning protection systems for clients including Acclaim, Ardmore, Briggs Living, Countryside and Dornan. Its engineers are also currently engaged in contracts to install lightning protection systems for the following buildings and clients:

Luton Dart (Crownhouse)
Battersea Power Station Phase 2 (Mace)
Peninsular Hotel (Sir Robert McAlpine)
Felnex Site (Barratts)
Nestle Avenue (Barratts)
60 London Wall (Skanska)
80 Fenchurch Street (Skanska)

PTSG is the UK market leader and member of the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS). In addition to lightning protection systems, PTSG also provides earthing and surge protection. Buildings often survive lightning strikes but suffer considerable damage from electrical surges caused by the lightning.

PTSG provides a better way for Toyota

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has won a five-year contract to provide specialist services at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Derbyshire.

Engineers from the company’ Electrical Services team will deliver a bespoke fixed wire inspection and testing programme of works around particular requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. This contract is unique as it draws on the capabilities of TraQ-it®, the interactive website developed by Guardian – PTSG‘s electrical compliance specialist, which was acquired in October 2018.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. was established in December 1989 and by 2016, the plant produced 180,425 cars. 2007 saw the production of the Toyota Auris. This was followed in 2010 by the Auris Hybrid, the first mass-produced hybrid in Europe, and in 2013 by the Auris Touring Sport.

PTSG has provided specialist electrical services for some of the world’s leading motoring brands including Jaguar Land Rover. Over the last few years, the Group has delivered fixed wire inspection and testing, as well as the design and installation of lightning protection and earthing systems at the automotive giant’s design and engineering centre.

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PTSG provides specialist services at prestigious London address

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to provide specialist electrical services at Berkeley House, one of the most prominent buildings in Berkeley Square in London’s Mayfair district.

A team from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd. is currently on site to service and upgrade the existing lightning protection system.

Berkeley Square House is one of London’s finest and most internationally recognised addresses. Originally laid out in the mid-eighteenth century by architect William Kent, the 352,000-square-foot building now provides a prestigious, pre-eminent head office for some of the West End’s most dynamic occupiers.

In performing their work, PTSG’s engineers are able to access areas of the building that are off limits to the general public, taking a little time to appreciate the architecture and history of this fine building – which they are helping to preserve for generations to come.

PTSG works on a great many buildings of historical buildings, delivering lightning protection as well as a number of other specialist services including high-level reparation and cleaning, dry riser installation and maintenance, helping to protect and preserve the buildings and all who use them.

PTSG to provide earthing solution for energy-from-waste facility

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to provide specialist earthing services at a new energy-from-waste project in Bedfordshire.

Rookery Pit South is a 90-hectare former brick clay extraction pit near Stewartby, which was granted a consent order in 2011 for a resource recovery facility. This will see waste used as an input material to create valuable products, thereby reducing the need for landfill space.

Hitachi Zosen, a major Japanese industrial and engineering corporation, is the ultimate client for the project. It produces waste treatment plants, industrial plants, precision machinery, industrial machinery, steel mill process equipment, steel structures, construction machinery, tunnelling machines, and power plants. PTSG Electrical Services Ltd. was appointed by main contractor Byrne Brothers to provide specialist earthing services at the site.

PTSG Electrical Services Ltd. is the UK market leader in the design, installation and testing of lightning protection and earthing systems, providing standard and bespoke systems. The company works not only in the UK but has expanded into international markets – completing work in Scandinavia and the Middle East.

PTSG looking to build on good work following Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019) is a national campaign that is growing in stature in the UK.

Given that mental health is still regarded by many as less important than physical health, it is perhaps astonishing that in the past week alone, one in six adults experienced a common mental health issue. In 2017-18 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK and around 300,000 people a year leave the workplace because of mental health problems.

Mental health is something PTSG takes extremely seriously. Group Director of Health and Safety, Terry Wilcock, featured in the April edition of PFM magazine to raise mental health as a subject of national importance and to talk about how his team goes about providing help and support for PTSG’s 1,200+ employees.

Terry said: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every person realises their own potential, it influences how we think and feel about others and ourselves. It has an effect on our capacity to learn, communicate and impacts on our ability to cope with change.

“We have a responsibility to look after our own well-being in addition to our mental health; an increase in the discussion of mental health will, in time, reduce the inequalities experienced by those people who have mental health issues.

“Mental health issues are commonplace within all walks of life; people who have these issues may be more likely to seek professional help if someone close to them suggests it.

“Talking about mental health is about doing the small things: ask someone how they are – this one small step lets someone know that you are thinking about them, which can make a big difference on how that person feels.

“Talk but listen non-judgementally; a person who feels they have been listened to is more likely to accept professional help and information.

“There are many types of support that can help people with mental health illness. Once a person has taken the first step and decided to seek help, they can choose from a number of sources, approaches and services – there is no ‘one stop shop’ approach for mental health.”

As a large employer, PTSG is very keen to share best practice, raising awareness of measures we can all take to help colleagues experiencing a mental health issue. While mental health is far from being a new topic, the approach to providing help is still very much developing, such is people’s reticence in talking about it.

Terry added: “Family and friends, including work colleagues, can be a source of support for a person who has a mental health issue, the same support they would have if the person had a physical illness.

“There are a variety of health professionals who can provide help; for many people who are developing a mental health-related problem, their GP will be the first person they turn to for help. You don’t have to be an expert.”

Emergency BMU incident highlights importance of safety measures

Oklahoma City Fire Department were recently forced to secure an out-of-control building maintenance unit (BMU) containing engineers working near the top of a 50-storey tower in the downtown area of the city.

The crane supporting the BMU became unstable, causing it to swing wildly back and forth in the high winds at the top of the tower, smashing a number of windows.

Authorities closed streets around the building to traffic and pedestrians for their safety. Emergency responders stabilised the crane, before lowering the BMU safely to the flat part of the tower’s roof. Engineers were tethered into the unit, as they should have been, which was vital for their safety.

This was an international news story, as reported by the BBC, which resonates with Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG), the UK’s leading provider of specialist services and products to the construction and FM sectors. Much of the Group’s work is undertaken at height and is therefore safety-critical.

While mechanical and human error can give rise to accidents, taking a systematic approach to safety in every project can vastly reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Working at height, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), remains the main cause of accidents in the workplace. In the case of a 50-storey building, such as the one in Oklahoma City – and some of the buildings PTSG’s engineers work on – accidents can easily translate into fatalities.

PTSG was the first organisation of its kind to employ a full-time, dedicated health, safety and environment team. Led by Terry Wilcock, Group Director for Health and Safety, the team has produced an excellent record in terms of AFR, IFR and RIDDORs. It’s a record which has produced a number of high-profile industry awards. This year, the Group was awarded its eighth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award in recognition of its practices and achievements and supporting the organisation’s engineers and operatives to arrive home safely, every day. PTSG is also in amongst a very small group within the FM and construction sectors that have been awarded a RoSPA Gold Medal.

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Parliament revamp signals new direction in fire safety

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has observed, with great interest, the approach to fire safety taken in the restoration of parliament and the construction of the new parts of its surrounding estate.

The chair of the sponsor board has stated that construction firms will be expected to do “everything humanly possible” to minimise fire risks. Plans unveiled this week include proposals for a redeveloped Richmond House building, which will host the House of Commons for between five and eight years while restoration work takes place.

The approach echoed a warning from House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom that “the fire at Notre-Dame showed the potential danger of an old building in the state that our Palace of Westminster is in.”

The Notre Dame fire occurred two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London. Although the two events were different in cause and effect, both highlight the need for the most stringent standards in fire prevention and suppression in buildings.

Grenfell Tower triggered a renewed call for a higher minimum standard in building fire safety and several councils in London alone responded immediately by overhauling their high-rise accommodation. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. continues to experience a constant demand for its sprinklers and wet and dry riser systems (installations and maintenance). Other services provided across the Group, include: Fire Detection & Life Safety Systems, Fire Detection & Alarm Systems, Public Address/Voice Alarms (PA/VA), Emergency Voice Communication Systems (EVCS), Fire Suppression, Kitchen Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarm and Door Entry Systems.

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PTSG to illuminate revamped city square in Birmingham

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) will be helping to light up Birmingham’s prestigious Centenary Square.

It’s part of a major multi-million-pound project to transform the popular public square into an attractive and vibrant space for residents and visitors to the city. The work includes water jets and new lighting columns. PTSG has been awarded the contract to earth 43 lighting columns. The Square was officially opened by Sir Richard Knowles on June 9, 1991. The transformed square is due to be completed by summer 2019.

PTSG Electrical Services Ltd. is the largest of the Group’s four divisions, undertaking a wide variety of specialist services across multiple industry sectors. Working out of 29 UK office locations, PTSG’s engineers can be mobilised quickly and easily.
Lighting up public spaces, such as Centenary Square in Birmingham, is a high-profile project that will be enjoyed by millions of people in the coming years. Much of PTSG’s specialist services work is performed to keep people, property and places safe and, while much lower-profile, is equally important.
Lightning, earthing and surge protection systems comprise a large portion of the division’s work, as do fixed wire and portable appliance testing.

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