PTSG’s Innovations for Safer, Smarter Buildings

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted all business to think carefully about the safety of its staff and customers for the ‘new normal’. Social distancing and rigorous sanitation measures are things that everyone can observe. However, businesses that are seen to be going the extra mile to try and eliminate the spread of the virus are the ones that will go from strength to strength.

Trinity Fire & Security Systems – part of PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd – has put together no fewer than 16 innovations for use by organisations in different sectors to keep users of their facilities safe – both staff and customers. The innovations are divided into the following four areas:

Removing touch points

This includes devices to enable people to exit and move through buildings without using their hands and facial recognition devices at terminals. These devices remove the need for security passes and fobs and actually speed up the usual processes.

Fever Monitoring

A mixture of fixed and mobile devices allow organisations versatility, with innovations including handheld, portable and fixed thermal fever screening and thermal facial recognition devices – which allow access at terminals by a facial image generated by a person’s body heat.

Social Distance Management

Density control systems, audible alerts and CCTV analytics are all ways for organisations to achieve the required social distancing in buildings. These devices monitor particular areas, remind people when their distancing is not at the required level and even detect when face masks are not being worn.

Portable Sanitising and Signage

Devices for the rapid dispensation of sanitiser and signage solutions are further ways to enable different organisations to take steps for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Organisations of all kinds are welcome to contact PTSG for more information on these innovative devices to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities.

PTSG to test safety of properties in London Boroughs

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured a contract to deliver multiple specialist services across the London Boroughs portfolio, starting initially with Waltham Forest.

The contract covers approximately 160 properties operated by the Local Authority in Waltham Forest, and will extend to cover three additional London Boroughs in due course.

Working with Main contractor Amey, engineers from three of PTSG’s four business divisions will deliver the testing of fire solutions, electrical wiring and appliances and fall arrest equipment.

This contract demonstrates PTSG’s multi-disciplinary capability with the FM and construction sectors. An increasing number of organisations are contacting the Group for a complete specialist services solution. This may involve any or all of the four business divisions: PTSG Access & Safety Ltd, PTSG Electrical Services Ltd, PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd and PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd.

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PTSG granted continued certifications

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to be granted continued certification to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organisation:

a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements; and

b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organisation can use to enhance its environmental performance. ISO 45001:2018 is an international standard designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.

The official certification body, Intertek, ruled that PTSG’s management system was deemed to be performing effectively and the Group has demonstrated on numerous occasions their willingness to adapt quickly to changing situations within the workplace, business environment and to requirements demanded of them by higher authorities such as the government and Public Health England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PTSG now has well over 130 individual accreditations. This is testament not only to the quality of its work but also to the variety. Within the Group’s four divisions, a vast amount of safety critical work is carried out in the fields of access and safety, electrical services, high-level cleaning and remedial work and fire and security solutions.

PTSG delivers specialist services at new arena in Swansea

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to deliver lightning protection at the new Swansea Arena, currently under construction as part of a major £135m transformation scheme which includes new parkland, homes, commercial units and almost 1,000 parking spaces.

Work on the arena site by main contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd has continued during the recent period of restrictions, in line with Government and industry guidance which allows construction to continue. All parts of the scheme are due to open in the second half of next year.

All structures of a certain height should have a lightning protection system to provide invaluable protection from electrical storms. Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomenon—about 100 strike Earth’s surface every single second. Each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity.

PTSG installs, inspects, services and maintains lightning protection systems for customers in all industry sectors. Its engineers also specialise in surge protection systems, which protect electrical equipment and circuits from electrical surges, which can result in thousands of pounds of damage in unprotected buildings.

PTSG to deliver specialist electrical services at medical centres

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to install lightning protection at two medical centres in the south and west of England.

St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester, an independent registered charity, cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. Care is also provided for patients’ loved ones.

Maggie’s Southampton is a centre providing specialist cancer care in the city, working in partnership with the  University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. There are Maggie’s centres throughout the UK and also overseas in Barcelona, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Both facilities will benefit from new a lightning protection system installed by engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd. The division, one of four in the Group, combines the talent and experience of some of the UK’s leading practitioners in their field. In lightning protection, this includes JW Gray – dating back to 1835, it is believed to be the oldest trading service provider of its kind in the UK, possibly even in Europe. Further companies acquired in the south west, north west, midlands and Scotland give PTSG a national reach.

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PTSG lands multi-disciplinary contract at Fishergate Centre

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to provide a range of specialist services at Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston.

The shopping centre opened in the 1980s as part of a development to revive the western end of Preston’s main street, Fishergate. It is the second largest shopping centre in Preston city centre, the largest being St George’s Shopping Centre (formerly The Mall). It features a wide range of shops including men’s, women’s and children’s fashions, health and beauty, homeware, department stores, gift and tech outlets.

PTSG will be delivering maintenance services for the lightning protection system and fall arrest equipment installed at the centre. PTSG routinely provides multiple specialist services for customers who are looking for a complete solution at their project. This approach is more efficient, convenient and can also deliver cost savings.

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PTSG delivers lightning protection services at two hospitals

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to install lightning protection systems and related electrical works at two different hospital sites in England.

At New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, two new wards are being built in an effort to treat patients with the COVID-19 virus and to allow the hospital to increase its bed numbers.

In Bristol, the Nightingale Hospital was officially opened virtually by HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, on the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)’s Frenchay campus. The Earl of Wessex said at the opening:

“I am delighted that the Severn hospital network now has this extraordinary facility to help in the fight against COVID-19. Sincere congratulations must go to each and every one of you involved in constructing this hospital in just 24 days. A quite remarkable achievement and one you should be justly proud of. Particular thanks ought to go to the University of the West of England for allowing part of its Frenchay campus to be used.”

PTSG was contracted to install lightning protection and earthing upgrade works to assist with setting up the Bristol Nightingale Hospital.

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PTSG to provide specialist services in Petty France, London

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has added to its HM Government portfolio with a new contract at 70-78 Petty France in London.

Petty France is a largely residential area within the Cities of London and Westminster; 70-78 Petty France is part of the Ministry of Justice portfolio. Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) in this new contract.

PTSG has, for many years, delivered specialist services for Her Majesty’s Government – across many different disciplines, for a range of departments. It’s a sustainable relationship which has developed over the years so that PTSG is now viewed as a provider that is trusted to deliver in all areas of facilities management. PTSG is also delivering (PAT) and electrical installation condition reporting (EICR) at over 200 sites nationwide for the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

The Group’s other divisions, in particular PTSG Access & Safety, deliver a range of further multi-disciplinary services for other government departments including Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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PTSG celebrates Commonwealth Games win!

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has won a contract to install lightning protection at the site of the new Athletes’ Village in Perry Barr, where the Commonwealth Games will take place in 2022.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will install a new lightning protection system on Plot 7 of the development. Plot 7 – Station Plaza – is divided into two distinct areas: the housing block and the ‘marker’ building creating a public space fronting the development, and a courtyard between the housing blocks.

Birmingham City Council has authority to make acquisitions in the Perry Barr area to deliver a regeneration scheme for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, which includes the Athletes’ Village, significant transport and connectivity improvements, improvements to the environment and new commercial and residential developments.

PTSG is the UK’s leading provider of lightning protection services and electrical compliance services. One of the Group’s constituent companies, JW Gray, is believed to be the oldest trading lightning protection company in the UK, possibly even in Europe.

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As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close, PTSG’s drive continues

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week began on Monday 18th May and finished on Sunday 24th. The theme is kindness.

The official website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week provides a number of useful resources on this theme, including a ‘Kindness Matters Guide’, sharing stories, official research and public policy on why kindness matters, as well as a FAQ section. Ultimately, the aim is to get more individuals and organisations to get involved and help raise the profile of mental health so that more people can receive the help they need.

Supporting people with mental health and wellbeing concerns sits alongside other important corporate issues, such as safety, and is an ongoing priority for the leadership team at Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG). It is PTSG’s aim that mental and physical wellbeing are addressed as one. Around one in six people experience a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. For an organisation the size of PTSG, that could represent around 220 of its people. PTSG’s growing workforce is regarded its most important asset and as such has benefited from the Group’s structured and focused approach to health and well-being – being able to access professional and confidential help to address concerns before they become serious problems.

During the final week of February, Terry Wilcock (Director of Health and Safety) and Paul Campbell (Group Trainer and NVQ Assessor) presented the concept behind mental health first aid (MHFA) in a special training course for staff. As a result of the course, Paul Campbell achieved the qualification Mental Health First Aid Trainer through Mental Health First Aid England.