PTSG makes castle even more protected

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is testing the lightning protection system at Glamis Castle in north-east Scotland.

Glamis Castle is situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus. It is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and is open to the public. The castle is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens

PTSG is no stranger to historic buildings and has previously delivered specialist services for a wide variety of buildings including (but not limited to):

Edinburgh, Dumbarton and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral – carrying out high-level cleaning and maintenance services;
Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh – carrying out emergency masonry repairs and painting and decorating; and
Scott’s Monument, Edinburgh – stonework to the 170-year-old tower’s complex Gothic design.

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PTSG delivers specialist electrical services at HMP Belmarsh

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is testing the lightning protection system in place at HMP Belmarsh in south-east London, for the Ministry of Justice.

HMP Belmarsh is a Category A men’s prison which became operational in 1991. Category A prisons are commonly described as ‘high security’ or ‘maximum security’ establishments reserved for inmates who are a threat to the public, the police or national security. The building is adjacent to and adjoins Woolwich Crown Court

PTSG is the UK’s largest supplier of lightning protection services, including design, installation, testing and maintenance. Constituent company JW Gray, representing one of the Group’s south-eastern electrical services offices, is believed to be the oldest trading company providing lightning protection services within the UK and possibly even Europe.

HMP Belmarsh is another addition to the Group’s portfolio of buildings for ministerial departments. As well as delivering specialist services at other prisons including a fall arrest system at HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow and safety testing work at HMP Edinburgh, the Group is also involved in works for the Ministry of Defence. In 2019, PTSG was awarded a contract to install lightning protection at MOD Lyneham – a Centre of Excellence for electrical and mechanical engineering.


PTSG employs ingenuity for Masternaut

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is delivering electrical services for Leeds-based company Masternaut.

Masternaut (, a Michelin Group Company, offers a combination of vehicle tracking devices, user-friendly software and consultancy services. The company operates from a base on the east side of Leeds, which is a unique combination of a contemporary and a historical building.

PTSG has been tasked with the challenge of installing a lightning protection system that blends sympathetically with the overall aesthetic. It’s a challenge the Group’s Electrical Services division is very adept in overcoming.

In a similar project for the National Trust, PTSG installed a lightning protection system at Falkland Palace in Scotland. When engineers installed the earthing connections to ground, an archaeologist was on stand-by in case any significant artefacts were unearthed. Rather than using shovels and pickaxes, PTSG’s engineers were advised to proceed using small trowels and paintbrushes and asked to very carefully remove the top layer of soil.

The Group tries to use the same engineers for projects involving historical buildings, who have an in-depth understanding of the unique and highly specialised nature of the work.

PTSG returns to Manchester Airport

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is in the process of delivering testing and repair works at Manchester Airport.

Manchester Airport is the UK’s busiest airport outside London. Working for main contractor ISS, engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd are working both land and airside.

PTSG has a successful track record of delivering specialist services at major international airports, and previously delivered multiple specialist services at Manchester Airport in June 2019, testing the lightning protection systems at four buildings within the airport complex and also inspecting cradles and dry riser systems.

In 2011, the Group’s Electrical Services engineers carried out inspections to the lightning protection systems at the construction site of Hamad International Airport (formerly known as Doha International Airport) in Qatar.

At Heathrow Airport, PTSG provided testing and inspection of fall arrest systems for Mitie over a three-year period. The Group’s Fire Solutions division is currently involved in a long-standing contract to maintain life safety systems across terminals 1, 2 and 3.


US fall figures reinforce the importance of safety measures

It was reported in The Guardian this week that in 2018 there were 5,250 fatal work injuries in the US alone, with falls a leading cause of death.

There are two different categories for fatal falls: falls on the same level, such as slips or trips, and falls to a lower level. Both increased in 2017, with the majority, 713 fatalities, a result of workers falling to a lower level. In 2018, the latest year data is available, fatal falls decreased to 791, though overall workplace fatalities increased from the prior year to 5,250.

While the US consistently outpaces other industrialised nations in workplace fatalities, the statistics are a stark reminder to other countries of the vital importance of safety measures, which should never be compromised.

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) delivers a full complement of specialist services to its 20,000 customers, many of which are carried out at height. Since starting out in 2007, the Group has always taken a strict approach to safety. It was one of the first organisations of its kind to instigate a full-time Health, Safety and Environment department.

Director of Health and Safety Terry Wilcock said: “A fall at work, even from a low height, can pose a risk of severe injury and shouldn’t be underestimated. The philosophy of PTSG is that accident situations do exist and constitute a real or potential loss in terms of human suffering and financial impact to the individual, his or her family and the company.

“That’s why all our engineers and operatives receive rigorous training in health and safety measures and never compromise the safety of anyone on site.”

PTSG delivers specialist services at RAF Croughton

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is currently at work on a project at RAF Croughton, delivering vital specialist services in a contract with Amey.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd are testing the lightning protection system in place at the Royal Air Force base in Northamptonshire, which is home to the 422nd Air Base Group and operates one of Europe’s largest military switchboards, processing around a third of all U.S. military communications in Europe.

PTSG Electrical Services Ltd is the UK market leader in the installation, testing and maintenance of lightning protection systems and member of the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS). Its work protects the buildings and users for hundreds of clients from a wide cross section of industry sectors.

PTSG also installs, tests and maintains surge protection systems. A surge, also known as a transient overvoltage, occurs when there is a spike in voltage on power or signal lines. While buildings often withstand a lightning strike, they may suffer huge damage to electrical equipment from the surge afterwards – which can cost tens of thousands of pounds to rectify. PTSG has been protecting against this for many years.


PTSG secures new lightning protection contracts in South-East

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has announced new contracts to provide specialist electrical services at a number of sites in London and the South-East.

Project Hollywood will be London’s biggest Hollywood-style film studios, with Pacific Ventures the preferred bidder. The project is set to transform Dagenham and Barking, which were once famed for making Ford cars. PTSG is providing lightning protection services at the data centre at the complex, in a contract with Phoenix Mechanical and Electrical.

In Sheerness, Kent, PTSG’s electrical engineers will install an isolated system at the upcoming Sheppey Energy anaerobic digestion plant in a contract with River Rouge Consulting. Anaerobic digestion is a natural process in which plant and animal materials are broken down by micro-organisms in an air-tight tank, or digester. This releases a biogas that can be used to generate renewable heat, power or transport fuel.

Developer and contractor Durkan has contracted PTSG to deliver electrical services at Southmere Village Phase 1b in Thamesmead, one of the largest projects of its kind in London. Phase 1a has seen the design and construction of 130 new homes, an energy centre with associated district heat network, commercial space and parking, as well as a range of formal and informal public spaces.

PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will also be working for Durkan at Lisgar Terrace in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. This is an inter-war development that Southern Housing Group built in 1928 to provide homes for those who needed it the most. Last refurbished in 1970, the scheme has suffered from a long-term lack of investment with building conditions deteriorating and not meeting current building regulations.

PTSG in the pink with Big Yellow contract

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is in the process of renewing its contract to provide services throughout 2020 with long-established client Big Yellow (and Armadillo).

The Group’s Fire Solutions division has held a contract with Big Yellow since 2011, providing vital maintenance services for the dry risers installed at its stores.

Big Yellow is the UK’s brand leader in self-storage. The company operates from a platform of 84 stores, including 14 stores branded as Armadillo Self Storage, in which Big Yellow has a 20% interest. The company states that its intention is to take the hassle away from moving house, setting up a business or a DIY project – which are often deemed some of the most stressful things in life.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd is an area of huge growth for the Group. In dry risers maintenance, PTSG’s engineers handle between 250 and 400 jobs per week from its north-west office alone. With 14 offices around the UK dedicated to providing fire solutions (part of the Group’s total of 29 nationwide offices), PTSG’s engineers can be mobilised to attend practically any job, anywhere involving: fire detection and suppression equipment and services, 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.


PTSG works at legendary London address

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is nearing completion on a large and challenging project at 80 Charlotte Street, London – a brand-new mixed-use development scheme in the capital’s Fitzrovia district.

The new building will deliver 320,000 square feet of workspace, 55 new apartments, a café, restaurant and the new Poets Park on Chitty Street. Engineers from PTSG are installing abseil track systems, fitted both within the building and externally, offering access for building and window maintenance.

80 Charlotte Street was the home of Saatchi & Saatchi for over 40 years. The company produced some of the most famous advertisements of all time in the UK.

The development at 80 Charlotte is scheduled for completion later this year. PTSG has worked on many of London’s most iconic new buildings, delivering unique access solutions at The Scalpel (52 Lime Street), The Cheesegrater (Leadenhall Building) and The Vase (One Blackfriars) to name just a few.


PTSG completes full year of specialist services at Dickens Yard

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has recently completed a project at Dickens Yard in Ealing, involving several specialist services from its Building Access Specialists division.

The project is part of a contract which sees the Group’s engineers attend the site in West London four times a year to perform high-level window cleaning as well as the testing of ManSafe systems and anchor points.

Developed by St George, Dickens Yard is a vibrant new quarter in Ealing consisting of nine different residential buildings. Residents enjoy a spa and fitness suite, 24-hour concierge, a selection of bars, restaurants and boutiques as well as a Crossrail connection.

PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd often works in conjunction with the Group’s other business divisions, particularly PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. Its specialists are trained in a variety of access techniques, including abseiling. This enables them to service every part of a building, whatever the specification or the challenge of the brief.