PTSG lends specialist expertise to the University of Bath

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has extended its growing education portfolio with a contract to provide specialist services for the University of Bath.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will install a lightning protection system on the new IAAPS (Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems) building. The University of Bath currently holds an impressive 13th place in the UK University Rankings. The IAAPS has provided the University of Bath with the opportunity to increase momentum in developing future generations of zero emission vehicles.

PTSG has a large and rapidly growing portfolio of buildings in the education sector. The Group also provides services for universities in Sheffield, Hull, London, Newcastle, East Anglia and Birmingham – to name just a few. As a provider of multiple specialist services, PTSG delivers a full solution for a number of clients including Sheffield Hallam University, where engineers are providing fall arrest and electrical testing, as well as testing and maintaining the lightning protection system.

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PTSG’s measures to ensure wellbeing at work

Wellbeing is gradually working its way up the agenda of organisations in the FM sector. There are many approaches to addressing wellbeing at work such as improving interior design and even air quality in the workplace. The mental health of workers is paramount to their overall health and wellbeing; however, it often comes a long way second to physical health.

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is one organisation that is being highly proactive in improving the help available to employees coping with a 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. Statistically, in the last year, 360 of PTSG’s 1,200 employees will have felt so stressed by their body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

People are often reluctant to seek help for mental health problems, which is why PTSG takes proactive measures such as distributing throughout the company’s rest areas and canteens of a series of one-page advice sheets on subjects such as panic attacks, relaxation and sleep. Most are taken away, read and taken on board.

A number of PTSG’s directors and managers have recently completed the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, which will enable them to deliver specialised mental health first-aider courses throughout the Group.

It makes sense that those organisations that look after the health and wellbeing of employees are more likely to retain them. It therefore makes a positive difference to their financial health. PFM magazine recently reported that the cost of an employee leaving a business is between one and two times their annual salary. Quite simply, those organisations that look after their employees will be better off.

PTSG enrolled for multiple specialist services at Sheffield University

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has won a three-year contract through CBRE to provide a variety of specialist services at Hallam University.

Engineers will be delivering services from across the Group’s divisions, including fall arrest and electrical testing. These works are in addition to a contract to test and maintain the lightning protection system in place at the campus with the opportunity to upgrade some of the systems on older Unite buildings currently under redevelopment.

It’s becoming an increasingly common scenario whereby PTSG is contracted to deliver a single specialist service and is subsequently called upon to provide different services, which often add up to a complete solution. It’s why PTSG is gaining a greater share of the different markets in which it operates.

PTSG and CBRE are long-standing partners, having worked successfully together on numerous projects over the last few years. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services provider and is currently ranked 146th on the Fortune 500.

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New call for inspections of fire doors

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GUI) has renewed its call for mandatory fire door inspections and maintenance as part of Building Regulations.

The demand for competency checks on those who specify fire doors and associated door hardware came in response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation on fire safety. The proposals in the consultation build on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI, said: “Any increased emphasis on competence in industry is most welcome. Our view is that there is a clear requirement for fire-related and other complex specifications to be undertaken by qualified ironmongers, and that installations and maintenance should also be undertaken by qualified personnel or companies.”

This is a view that resonates strongly with Premier Technical Services Group Ltd. (PTSG). PTSG operates four divisions encompassing a wide range of specialist services for the FM and construction sectors. Its Fire Solutions division is the fastest growing area of business, which now offers a turnkey service following the acquisition of Trinity Fire & Security Systems in January this year.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd operates out of 13 UK offices, with its many experienced industry specialists designing, installing, servicing and maintaining fire prevention and suppression systems and equipment. The safety of building users is the reason behind all work undertaken, which is why no compromise is ever taken with regard to workmanship. PTSG, as a Group, now holds over 130 industry accreditations and is a RoSPA Gold Medal holder (one of a small number in the UK).

PTSG achieves Cyber Essential Standard

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has achieved “Cyber Essentials” certification, demonstrating it operates to the government’s required cyber security standards.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that helps to protect organisations of all sizes from a range of the most common cyber-attacks. Attacks come in many forms but the majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. The government describes them as the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. It’s far better to prevent attacks than to deal with the consequences.

In addition to achieving the certification, PTSG has undertaken an independent security audit and penetration test to satisfy all cyber security requirements.

PTSG has almost doubled in size since this time last year and now operates out of 29 UK office locations. Teams across the Group have adopted Clarity, its unique, proprietary software, or are in the process of doing so. This is transforming efficiency within the business and as well as improving the speed and accuracy of its service to clients. The Cyber Essentials certification will be extra peace of mind for everyone involved with PTSG – ensuring that its online activities are secure.

PTSG to deliver specialist services for Barlinnie prison

Access & Safety engineers from Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) have been contracted to provide specialist services at HMP Prison Barlinnie in Glasgow.

HM Prison Barlinnie is the largest prison in Scotland, holding well over 1,000 prisoners. It is operated by the Scottish Prison Service and is located in the residential suburb of Riddrie, in the north east of Glasgow, Scotland. It is informally known locally as The Big Hoose and Bar-L.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd will install a new fall arrest system, consisting of walkway and handrail, to the roof area of the building. Such systems are essential to ensure building maintenance operatives remain safe when they carry out their work at height. PTSG’s engineers deliver the full range of fall arrest equipment; they work with other key elements in the supply chain to design access strategies for new build projects, refurbishments, retrofits and heritage buildings.

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Government height rule changes

It was reported on 5th September 2019 that the UK government plans to reduce the building height for when sprinklers are required to be fitted from above 10 floors to above six floors. A consultation has begun on the tighter fire protection regime which will reduce the building height where sprinklers need to be fitted from the current 30m and above to 18m.

A new protection Board is also being set-up, with the Home Office and National Fire Chiefs Council to make sure building owners do not flout fire safety rules, as well as ensuring risks in buildings are being addressed.

The Board will act to ensure building owners keep up with latest safety advice and keep residents updated. It will also ensure that interim safety measures are in place in all buildings with unsafe aluminium composite material cladding.

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) operates a Fire Solution division, with offices situated throughout the UK. The design, installation, service and maintenance of sprinkler systems is one important area of its business, with engineers working for clients across a broad range of industry sectors.

Following the tragic Grenfell fire in 2017, a great many building authorities demanded sprinkler systems be fitted as standard to maximise the safety of people in the event of a fire. Education is one sector, however, that needs to do more according to some industry commentators. In April this year, the BBC reported that just 15% of new schools are fitted with sprinklers.

PTSG believes that the new government height rule change is an important measure in improving fire safety. Sprinklers are proven to assist in the control of a fire in its early stages, limiting damage and giving occupants additional time to escape, as well as reducing the risks faced by firefighters attending the incident.

PTSG shortlisted for two Leadership Awards

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been informed by the judges of the Northern Leadership Awards that it is in the running for the following two awards:

• Company Leader (over 100 employees)
• Top 50 City Region Leader (Leeds)

There was an especially high volume and quality of entries this year, so PTSG is delighted to have been shortlisted. The awards ceremony will take place at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on 28th November.

PTSG has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years in a number of high-profile industry awards. At last year’s BIFM Awards (now IWFM) PTSG won the top prize in the Innovation in Professional Development category for its work to build and support a highly skilled workforce through significant investments in training and development. The Group is currently in the running for three PFM Partnership Awards, with the ceremony taking place on 6th November at The Brewery in London.

PTSG has grown in size considerably during the last 12 months due to two strategic acquisitions in the areas of electrical compliance and fire solutions. CEO Paul Teasdale recently brokered a deal for the acquisition of PTSG by private equity investment firm Macquarie, at an enterprise value of £300m. The Group can now look forward to taking the business to a new level with the support of the Macquarie Principal Finance team.

PTSG provides lightning protection solution at historic fire HQ

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to provide electrical services at a historic former fire station in south London.

Southwark Fire Station is a Grade II listed building whose red-brick design was so influential that it became the model for many of the stations built across London in the 1880s. The site on Southwark Bridge Road remained the headquarters for the London Fire Brigade until the 1930s when a new building opened on Albert Embankment.

Consent was given for the site to be redeveloped in 2018, including alterations and extensions to listed buildings for a mixed-use scheme to provide a new secondary school with sixth form, 205 residential units, 234 square metres of commercial or community use, plus parking. Planning is in place at adjoining Grotto Place for the provision of a new sports hall and external multi-use games facility.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will design and install a new lightning protection system at the site, protecting its structural integrity and all who make use of its many different facilities.

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PTSG premieres in Leicester Square for Radisson Hotel

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured a contract to provide specialist services at Radisson Hotel Group’s Central London building.

Radisson is an international hotel chain founded in America in 1909. Radisson Blu is the brand name for Radisson hotels located outside the United States. Radisson Blu in Leicester Square is a 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of the capital’s iconic film and theatre land.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd will be delivering a solution to maintain the classic redbrick façade of the building, employing specialist abseil techniques to carry out the work.

PTSG is highly experienced in using rope access techniques to work at height. This is generally considered to be the safest method known to the industry of reaching high and awkward places. PTSG’s engineering teams design and install unique systems to suit customers’ specific requirements and by using tried, tested and approved techniques they access buildings safely, quickly and cost-effectively.

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