PTSG shortlisted twice in the CN Specialists Awards

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has continued its recent strong form in specialist industry awards with the announcement that it is a finalist in two categories of the 2020 Construction News Specialists Awards.

Now in their 16th year, the Specialists Awards are the only national awards recognising the outstanding achievements of specialist contractors. The maximum-integrity face-to-face judging process highlights the very best inspirational businesses and projects.

PTSG is a finalist in Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (sub-contract £2m-£5m) for its work at The Scalpel (52 Lime Street, London). This spectacular new skyscraper is 190 metres tall and offers over 500,000 square feet of commercial space and 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. PTSG Access & Safety Ltd (Surrey office) designed and installed two of the world’s largest building maintenance units (BMUs) at the building, as well as a series of intricate moving roofs to house the BMUs.

In the Equipment Specialist of the Year category, PTSG has been shortlisted for its work at One Blackfriars – another iconic London skyscraper, also known as The Vase. It stands 52 storeys high and contains 9,100 panes of glass in the inner and outer facades, 13 times more than in the Louvre Pyramid. PTSG installed three BMUs with interlinked opening doors on level 44. Their compact design allows them to be parked within a very small area behind glazed doors, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing solution.

In February 2020, PTSG will give a presentation to the judges revealing more about the specialist nature of their work on the two projects. All the winners will be announced at the Construction News Specialists Awards on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.

Guardian to provide tests for universities

Guardian Electrical Compliance Ltd (Guardian) continues to strengthen its education portfolio with new electrical services contracts at two of Yorkshire’s leading universities.

Guardian was acquired by Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) in October 2018 and has since increased the Group’s output in the field of electrical compliance considerably.

A major new contract with the University of Sheffield will see engineers from Guardian perform fixed wire inspection and testing each year for five years. Meanwhile, there has been a one-year addition to an existing contract with the University of Leeds – again to provide fixed wire inspection and testing.

Guardian performs a large amount of electrical inspection and testing contracts to help duty holders ensure they comply with the legal requirements – in particular the Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR) 1989.

The University of Sheffield is a public research university organised into five academic faculties and arranged predominantly over two campus areas. It is ranked 33rd in the Complete University Guide. The University of Leeds, ranked 14th in the same guide, is renowned worldwide for the quality of its teaching and research.

Updated building regulation: progress is encouraging but maintenance is crucial

The main article in the latest issue BFM (Building & Facilities Management) magazine reported on the updated 2019 edition of Building Regulations ADB (Approved Document B), which took place on 30th August. Considerable progress has been made on improving residential safety, particularly within high-rise buildings, since the Grenfell Tower fire.

Approved Document B addresses fire safety precautions which must be adhered to, to ensure the safety of occupants, firefighters and those close to a building in the event of a fire.

The building regulations already require residential buildings over three storeys high to be fitted with smoke control systems, which protect escape routes and keep them free from smoke. Therefore, any move to supplement this protection with other kinds of safety solutions must be welcomed.

What the report emphasises – and Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) backs wholeheartedly – is the fact that each fire safety system is only as good as its maintenance regime. The performance of even the best systems can be fatally compromised by lack of correct maintenance. That’s why PTSG places great importance on maintenance for its 20,000 customers, with many benefitting from annual contracts to ensure their assets are protected at all times.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd is the fastest-growing of the Group’s four business divisions. Half of its 29 UK centres of operation are dedicated to the design, installation, testing and maintenance of fire solutions. This not only includes dry and wet risers, sprinkler systems and hydrants but also security systems (CCTV, access control, intruder alarm and door entry systems), public address/voice alarm systems (PA/VA) and all-important service support and maintenance packages – including planned and preventative maintenance, compliance and asset management, fire risk assessment and fire training.

PTSG wins prestigious Dealmakers Award

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has won Deal of the Year (£25m and above) at the Insider Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2019.

The award was recognition of the £265 million deal made in June, which saw PTSG become part of the Macquarie Group. Bernard Bidco, a newly incorporated company established on behalf of Macquarie Principal Finance, and the independent directors of PTSG reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash offer for PTSG.

PTSG is the UK’s leading provider of specialist services to the construction and FM sectors. Its four business divisions offer services and products encompassing façade access and fall arrest services, lightning protection and electrical testing, specialist building access and fire solutions.

Chief Executive Paul Teasdale said: “It was a great honour to receive this award at last night’s ceremony.

“The deal was the biggest landmark in PTSG’s history and has put us in a stronger position than ever before. We have experienced year on year growth since we began trading in 2007. Between the financial year ended 31st December 2015 and the last financial year ended 31st December 2018, reported revenue and adjusted EBITDA have grown at an average annual rate of 39 per cent and 40 per cent respectively.

“This deal has unlocked almost limitless potential and in keeping with our unique business model, it has given us the opportunity to take PTSG to the next level. Against the backdrop of an increasingly competitive market for acquisitions, with a need to close deals quickly and fund them effectively, Macquarie’s deep access to funding gives PTSG the best possible position to continue with its acquisitive growth strategy.”

The Insider Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2019 were presented at a black-tie dinner last night (21st November) at New Dock Hall in Leeds. The compere for the evening was Martin Bayfield, actor, broadcaster and former rugby union player who played for Northampton Saintes, Bedford Blues and England.

Earlier this month, PTSG collected a prestigious PFM Partnership Awards. Adam Davies, from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd was named Account Director of the Year for his outstanding record of work in facilitating successful safety systems at Heathrow Airport.

Playing on the defensive to keep our people safe

Whether he’s facing a corky on the cricket pitch, or ensuring the safety of people working at height here at Premier Technical Services Group Ltd. (PTSG), Mark Davison never lets his guard down.

The keen cricketer is PTSG’s Director of Access Maintenance Division and he has just returned from the National Work at Height Conference and Exhibition at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford – home of Sale Sharks.

Mark is also the Chair of SAEMA (Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association) the national trade body responsible for gathering and sharing best practice in raising standards for the UK permanent and temporary access industry.

Falls from height are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injuries.

It’s an issue which really can’t be underestimated, with the conference and exhibition featuring a host of exceptional speakers coming together to shape the future of working at height – particularly when it comes to safety.

The event covered everything from the role of virtual reality through to the impact of mental health awareness and managing risks.

Mark said: “You can never be complacent when it comes to the safety of both our people and those working in our supply chain.

“The work we do can be dangerous and it’s important staff take these dangers seriously day-in, day-out.

“It has been really insightful representing the company at the National Work at Height Conference and Exhibition with a wide-range of topics and discussions; it has given me a lot to think about as we continue to look at way to put all our staff in the best possible situation to arrive home from work safely.

“Although the consequences of falling from height are far more severe than on the cricket field, similarly in both you can’t let your guard down. We should all play defensive when the consequences of not doing so put your life at risk.”

The visit to the conference comes a few months after Mark attended the Houses of Parliament for the latest All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height meeting aimed at enhancing the reporting of accidents and incidents to allow the industry to better target effort and resources to reduce the rate of fatalities and major injuries.

Since we began trading in 2007, working at height has been central to our multi-disciplinary services, from the installation and maintenance of cradles to lightning protection systems, high-level cleaning and reparations, fire solutions – and many other specialist services.

PTSG is a double RoSPA Gold Medal winner, having received no fewer than eight consecutive Gold Awards since 2011, and currently holds an international distinction through the British Safety Council for its ongoing work in health and safety.

For more information about the National Work at Height Conference and Exhibition, please click here.

PTSG delivers specialist services at new Tottenham development

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is providing specialist access and safety services at Hale Wharf, a new residential development at Tottenham Hale.

Hale Wharf is part of a wider regeneration programme. The first phase consists of 249 new homes, a new pedestrian bridge over the River Lee Navigation providing access to Tottenham Hale Underground station and canal-side public realm for the residents and wider community.

McLaren Construction is the main contractor for the first phase and has contracted PTSG to deliver ManSafe and abseil systems. Work on the first phase of the scheme will be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

On completion of Phase 2 in 2023, residents will also benefit from access to the Paddock Community Nature Park that will play a key role in the council’s new ‘Green Grid Strategy’, which seeks to improve the space for the local community.

PTSG accepted by the University of Cambridge

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured a new order to deliver a number of fire solutions in a new building at the University of Cambridge.

In a contract with Bouygues UK, engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd will install commercial sprinklers and dry risers to a new state-of-the-art physics laboratory on West Cambridge campus, off Madingley Road. The multi-million-pound project will strengthen the University of Cambridge’s position as a leading provider of research and learning in the field of physics.

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Cambridge alumni, faculty members and researchers have won 11 Fields Medals and seven Turing Awards. Perhaps the most famous of all its scientists is Sir Isaac Newton, who conducted many of his experiments in the grounds of Trinity College.

PTSG has a large education portfolio and has installed fire solutions, lightning protection systems and delivered a number of other specialist services for universities throughout the UK. It is hoped that this latest contract at the University of Cambridge will mark the start of a long and successful working relationship between PTSG and Bouygues UK.

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PTSG provides specialist services at new North London development

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is providing specialist services at an exciting new development scheme in North London.

Clarendon, London N8, is part of the Haringey Heartlands Regeneration and will deliver over 1,700 apartments, as well as business, retail and community space, a public square and landscaped courtyards. The property developer is St William.

Engineers from PTSG Access and Safety Ltd will install new ManSafe and abseil systems to ensure operatives remain safe when carrying out maintenance services at the buildings. All architects, specifiers and contractors must include fall arrest equipment as part of a new building to ensure it is legally compliant with regulations.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd is the original business division of the Group and boasts some of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable building access practitioners. At the heart of their work is safety; under the guidance of the Group’s Health Safety Director, PTSG has achieved eight RoSPA Golds and a Distinction from the British Safety Council.

PTSG to make new student village fire-safe

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been appointed to install a sprinkler system at a new residential development for the University of Leicester.

Plans for the new Freemen’s Common Student Village, which fronts Welford Road in Leicester, were approved by the City Council’s Planning Committee to create a welcoming new neighbourhood for students to live, study and socialise.

The scheme consists of seven residential student accommodation blocks for around 1,200 students, a 550-space multi-storey car park and other ancillary buildings. Engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd are due to start on site early in December, with the majority of works starting in the first quarter of 2020. The main contractor is Imtech.

PTSG installs sprinkler systems for both commercial and domestic buildings all over the UK. Sprinklers are one of the most popular and effective ways of combatting fires. To date, no one has died in a fire with a sprinkler installed in the household.

PTSG working on 22 Bishopsgate in London

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is currently providing specialist services at 22 Bishopsgate, a new commercial skyscraper under construction in London.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd are on level 62, at the top of the high-rise structure where they are installing a mansafe system.

22 Bishopsgate replaces an earlier plan for a 288-metre tower named The Pinnacle, which was suspended following the recession of the late 2000s/early 2010s. The structure was later subjected to a re-design, out of which it became known by its postal address, 22 Bishopsgate. It is estimated the tower will provide approximately 120,000 square metres (1,291,700 square feet) of office space and 4,000 square metres (43,100 square feet) for restaurants, retail outlets and viewing galleries.

PTSG Ltd specialises in delivering numerous services for skyscrapers, the definition of which is a tall, continuously habitable building of over 40 floors, mostly designed for office, commercial and residential usage. While its four business divisions cover a diverse array of services, from fire and security solutions to lightning protection, what often unites them is the need to work at height. That’s why the Group’s engineers are routinely contracted to work on tall buildings, and have played a part in helping to shape London’s world-famous skyline.

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