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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

PTSG answers emergency call from staff at BT Tower

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed an access and safety project at BT Tower, just hours after receiving the call.

Staff at BT Tower contacted PTSG as they were staging a charity abseil at the building the following day and needed to have their anchor points inspected to ensure they were safe and fit for purpose.

Specialists from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd were able to attend site within a few hours, test and tag the bolts and have the certification sent across without delay. The client was delighted with the work and the speed with which it was completed, giving them complete peace of mind.

BT Tower is an iconic communications structure situated in Fitzrovia, London, and owned by BT Group. The main structure is 177 metres (581 ft) high, with a further section of aerial rigging bringing the total height to 191 metres (627 ft).

With 29 UK office locations and over 1,300 specialist staff, PTSG has acquired a leading reputation for being able to mobilise its operatives to attend sites at short notice. In addition to access and safety work, the Group also delivers specialist electrical services, high-level cleaning and a wide range of fire solutions for 20,000 customers UK-wide.

PTSG shortlisted for two Business Masters Awards 2020

The shortlist for the 10th Yorkshire Business Masters Awards has been revealed, with a wide range of leading businesses across the region being recognised for their achievements.

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) is on the shortlist for two awards: Large Business (251+ employees) and Fast Growth Business.

The shortlist was selected by an independent panel comprising senior business leaders across the Yorkshire and Humber region, including Ben Ormsby – Yorkshire editor of TheBusinessDesk.com. Mr Ormsby said:

“We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of entries for this year’s awards. The judges had some very tough decisions to make over the shortlist, as the competition was extremely high.

“The achievements of all those shortlisted should not be underplayed as it takes a lot of time, hard work and entrepreneurial spirit – especially when we look at the economic backdrop of the last 12 months – to achieve what these businesses have.”

Winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at TheBusinessDesk.com’s black-tie awards dinner on Thursday March 26 at The Queens Hotel, Leeds.

PTSG has made a strong start to 2020 with regard to awards. The Group is also shortlisted in two categories of the Construction News Specialist Awards 2020, for its bespoke access solutions delivered at One Blackfriars and The Scalpel in London.

PTSG access solution is a Towering success

High-level specialists from Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) have completed work at 27 Commercial Road in East London – a new 21-storey apart hotel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The project features accommodation, a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge and a business centre. The contractor is Ardmore Construction Ltd.

PTSG’s height specialists worked predominantly on the installation of a rope access davit arm system at the building. Such systems are used for raising and lowering workers to areas below the unit. Davit arm systems are an essential part of a confined space access or retrieval plan.

PTSG’s work at 27 Commercial Road was particularly well received and the client is looking to place an order with the Group for its next project.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd is the original business division of the Group, boasting some of the industry’s most experienced and respected practitioners among its ranks. In addition to providing the installation and maintenance of access equipment, PTSG also offers a full range of fall arrest equipment and services.

PTSG extends contract for Lewis’s Home Retail

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) will extend the number of sites it currently services for Lewis’s Home Retail (formerly TJ Hughes), with the addition of several key stores in Scotland.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd has maintained the dry risers at buildings throughout the UK for the discount department store over a number of years. In June 2011 TJ Hughes officially entered administration. Later the same year, Lewis’s Home Retail (part of the Benross Group) bought six of the 57 TJ Hughes stores out of administration, retaining the brand name and identity.

Since administration, the locations of new or reopened TJ Hughes stores include: Clydebank, Dundee, East Kilbride, Birkenhead, Durham, Middlesborough, Oldham, Sheffield, Coventry and Stretford.

Dry risers are an integral component of fire suppression for buildings with multiple levels. PTSG has become a major provider of dry riser services – both installation and maintenance – over the last four years. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd is the fastest growing of the Group’s four divisions. In tandem with PTSG Access & Safety Ltd, PTSG Electrical Services Ltd and PTSG Building Access Specialists, PTSG is able to meet the full specialist services requirements for clients in the construction and FM sectors.

2019 was ‘most significant year yet’ for PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) reported on a number of stories throughout the year that made 2019 truly momentous from a business perspective.

Standing head and shoulders above everything else is the milestone agreement reached at the end of June, which saw PTSG’s acquisition by Macquarie Group Ltd.’s Principal Finance business (Macquarie) for more than £300 million. This has unlocked vast potential for PTSG, with the opportunity going forward to pursue a greater share of the markets in which it operates, benefiting from a relationship with one of the world’s largest investors.

What follows is a round-up of the main events in what CEO Paul Teasdale describes as the Group’s ‘most significant year yet’.

January. PTSG completed the acquisition of Trinity Fire & Security Systems, extending its Fire Solutions division considerably. The acquisition further increased PTSG’s UK presence, with a combined base of 20,000 corporate customers.

January marked the completion of a two-year project for Jaguar Land Rover with the design and installation of a lightning protection and earthing system at its Warwickshire design and engineering centre. Similar work also started at Oxygen Towers in Manchester and at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

PTSG was shortlisted twice in the 2019 Business Masters Awards – in the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Large Business’ categories.

February. PTSG began the month by being honoured at the International Safety Awards. The British Safety Council placed the Group in the ‘Distinction’ category, recognising its commitment to health, safety and wellbeing.

A number of major specialist services contracts were secured this month including the overhaul of all suspended access equipment on site at the Premier Place project in London; fire suppression works at the Oakland House West London regeneration scheme; test and inspection of the lightning protection system at North Manchester General Hospital; and carrying out works at Lubrizol Warwick Chemicals’ plant.

March. The Group revealed its final results for the year ending the 31st December 2018. With year-on-year growth since the company was formed, it was with great pride that yet again there were impressive increases:

  • Group revenue up 31% to £69.1m (2017: £52.9m).
  • Strong underlying organic revenue growth of 19%.
  • Gross profit up 29% to £35m (2017: £27.1m).

PTSG renewed its relationship with Skanska at 51 Moorgate, London, which underwent a major refurbishment; and with BMW, performing fixed-wire testing at its base in Swindon.

April. The sheer diversity of PTSG’s capabilities is seen from the contracts it wins. During April this included a significant contract to replace access and safety equipment for supermarket Morrisons in Sittingbourne through to being contracted by the National Trust to provide vital electrical services at its historic Staunton Harold Church in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

May. Among May’s highlights were the lighting up of Birmingham’s Centenary Square, with PTSG being awarded the contract to earth 43 lighting columns. English Heritage also called on PTSG Electrical Services Ltd to design, supply and install earthing/lightning protection for a stunning new footbridge on the North Cornwall coast.

A hydrant testing contract for the London Underground included visual inspection, wet pressure testing, static pressure testing and flow testing. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd also completed the installation of a new dry riser at Tottenham Hotspur’s training facility.

June. On the 20th June 2019, the board of Bidco and the independent directors of PTSG reached an agreement on the terms of the acquisition of PTSG by Bidco, a newly incorporated company established on behalf of Macquarie Principal Finance Pty Ltd. The subsequent deal for £323 million was the biggest in the sector this year.

This month it was also revealed that PTSG was a finalist in three categories of the PFM Partnership Awards – Partners in Expert Services, Partners in Renovation categories and Account Director of the Year.

July. This month saw PTSG achieve new health and safety management standard – the ISO 45001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

PTSG’s forward-thinking approach to its work was recognised with its electrical engineers attending the CBRE’s The Great Idea 2019, demonstrating the benefits of its unique online portal TraQ-it.

August. The Group secured a three-year contract with Kuehne + Nagel to provide a range of specialist services at 103 sites throughout the UK.

In London, PTSG Access & Safety Ltd assisted with the final clean of 52 Lime Street – nicknamed The Scalpel. This was the culmination of a contract which saw the Group’s engineers design and install two of the world’s largest BMUs, plus housing system.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd secured Phase 9 of the prestigious Berkeley Homes development known as Royal Arsenal residential.

September. This was an extremely busy month for all four divisions, with lightning protection particularly so, with installations, upgrades and servicing for a variety of industry sectors: MOD Lyneham, the Universities of Sheffield Hallam and Bath, the former Southwark Fire headquarters and several historic theatres in London’s West End – to name a few.

October. PTSG was devasted by the loss of Sally Bedford, one of the original employees of the Group and a much-loved colleague and friend. Among Sally’s roles and responsibilities were ensuring the 27 acquired companies experienced a smooth and successful integration into the Group.

This month PTSG won a trophy in the fire service category of the Team Heathrow Health and Safety Awards. The Group was also given a special mention in the CBRE Awards – having been a finalist in the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Investors in People’ categories.

November. Although Christmas was still weeks away, PTSG’s Access & Safety engineers were already hard at work in shopping centres throughout the UK, helping to ensure they are safe and prepared for the installation of the seasonal decorations.

The Group was also delighted to receive the Dealmakers Deal of the Year (£25m and above) Award in recognition of the £265m agreement brokered with the Macquarie Group in June.

During this month, PTSG Access & Safety Ltd started a large project for the Institute for Cancer Research at its site in Sutton, installing a variety of fall protection systems across the building.

December. Among the highlights this month is the return of two electrical specialists from a trip to the Falkland Islands, after being invited to meet with the Ministry of Defence.

Simon Greenwood, Director of Specialist Earthing and Surge, and Liam Riley, Estimating Director (Eastern), visited RAF Mount Pleasant, a Royal Air Force Station in the British Overseas Territory of the islands.

PTSG rounded off the year being named the 2020 winner of the Service Excellence Award – UK, in the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2020. This is the third year running that PTSG has won the award for service excellence.