PTSG completes another major access project in London for Multiplex

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has handed over a bespoke access solution at the London Development Project – a new-build multi-storey commercial building in Farringdon.

It represents another successful collaboration between PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. and Multiplex, the global construction company and main contractor on this major new project in the capital.

The two organisations have previously worked together on several significant projects in Central London. One Blackfriars Tower, known as The Vase due to its shape, is a mixed-use development in Bankside, London, which was completed in 2018.

PTSG installed three building maintenance units, which were fitted to integrate with the building’s moving doors – also designed and supplied by PTSG, to carry the intricate cladding panels and mask the garage area. This allows the BMUs to be concealed without any visual sign of the systems.

Multiplex is currently constructing Aykon London One – a £240 million residential development in Nine Elms on the South Bank, due for completion in December 2020. PTSG was contracted to apply its problem-solving skills in designing and installing a bespoke access solution.

Emergency BMU incident highlights importance of safety measures

Oklahoma City Fire Department were recently forced to secure an out-of-control building maintenance unit (BMU) containing engineers working near the top of a 50-storey tower in the downtown area of the city.

The crane supporting the BMU became unstable, causing it to swing wildly back and forth in the high winds at the top of the tower, smashing a number of windows.

Authorities closed streets around the building to traffic and pedestrians for their safety. Emergency responders stabilised the crane, before lowering the BMU safely to the flat part of the tower’s roof. Engineers were tethered into the unit, as they should have been, which was vital for their safety.

This was an international news story, as reported by the BBC, which resonates with Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG), the UK’s leading provider of specialist services and products to the construction and FM sectors. Much of the Group’s work is undertaken at height and is therefore safety-critical.

While mechanical and human error can give rise to accidents, taking a systematic approach to safety in every project can vastly reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Working at height, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), remains the main cause of accidents in the workplace. In the case of a 50-storey building, such as the one in Oklahoma City – and some of the buildings PTSG’s engineers work on – accidents can easily translate into fatalities.

PTSG was the first organisation of its kind to employ a full-time, dedicated health, safety and environment team. Led by Terry Wilcock, Group Director for Health and Safety, the team has produced an excellent record in terms of AFR, IFR and RIDDORs. It’s a record which has produced a number of high-profile industry awards. This year, the Group was awarded its eighth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award in recognition of its practices and achievements and supporting the organisation’s engineers and operatives to arrive home safely, every day. PTSG is also in amongst a very small group within the FM and construction sectors that have been awarded a RoSPA Gold Medal.

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‘More reasons’ to choose PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a significant contract to replace access and safety equipment for supermarket giant Morrisons.

Morrisons in Sittingbourne is an ambient warehouse covering 900,000 square feet, with seven kilometres of aisles. The 24/7 operation delivers to 86 stores in the Morrisons family. PTSG’s engineers will replace 32 Mansafe systems in total at the site.

PTSG has developed a strong relationship with Morrisons, having provided specialist services to the retailer for several years. 2017 saw the Group carry out one of its largest ever projects for the company’s Chingford supermarket, where operatives replaced and installed over 500m of handrail.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. is the original business division of PTSG which, since its formation in 2007, has grown year-on-year to become the UK’s leading supplier of specialist services to the construction and FM sectors. Its other three discrete but complementary divisions are PTSG Electrical Services Ltd, PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd. and PTSG Fire Services Ltd.

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Testing times with new Sodexo contract

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has signed a new contract with Sodexo, the French food services and facilities management company, for supplying testing services across multiple disciplines.

Sodexo is one of the world’s largest multi-national corporations, with 420,000 employees representing 130 nationalities. They have a presence on 34,000 sites in 80 countries. PTSG has been contracted by Sodexo on numerous occasions over the past few years, with a notable project taking place at Diageo’s London headquarters. In the new contract, PTSG has secured work at eight sites so far, with a great many more to come.

Engineers from across the Group’s Electrical Services and Access & Safety divisions will carry out the testing of lightning protection systems, fixed wire and portable appliance testing and the testing of fall arrest equipment.

PTSG’s contract with Sodexo is typical of the Group’s multi-disciplinary capabilities. In supplying a number of different services, clients can save a considerable amount of time, effort and expense in finding different service providers.

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PTSG hands over access solutions at luxury London residence

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has handed over beneficial use of many of the access systems at Southbank Place, a new world-class residential development in London.

The Group’s Sussex-based access installation engineers produced several bespoke access systems for the two main residences: Belvedere Gardens and Thirty Casson Square. Both are set in one of London’s most sought-after riverside locations, with Westminster and the London Eye just a stone’s throw away. The buildings at Belvedere Gardens offer 97 apartments, with one-bedroom residences starting at £1,050,000.

PTSG has delivered specialist services at some of the capitals most iconic high-rise buildings. Last year, it completed work at The Scalpel in the City of London, creating two of the largest BMUs in the world – as well as unique rooftop storage solutions. This led to a prestigious PFM award in the Partners in Corporate (Private Sector) category. Feedback from the judges underlined the high level of innovation and partnership working with Skanska, the main contractor, and Foster & Partners, the architectural design and engineering firm.

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PTSG attends parliamentary group reception on working at height

Two senior members of Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) recently attended the Houses of Parliament for the formal launch reception of the report on Working at Height from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

The APPG on Working at Height was established in October 2017 with the help of PASMA – the industry body for the safe use of mobile access towers. Its first inquiry report was published on 26thFebruary 2019 at the Palace of Westminster – the same date as the successful reception event. There has been enormous interest in the APPG on Working at Height from a diverse range of stakeholders, from big industry names and trade associations to SMEs and contractors. Falls from height still remain the single biggest cause of fatalities on site and in the workplace.

Mark Davison, Director of PTSG’s Access Maintenance Division, and Nick Hayes, former Managing Director of Access Testing for the Group’s Sheffield office, attended the event on behalf of PTSG and SAEMA – the national trade body for the permanent and temporary façade access equipment industry. They will stay involved in the APPG on Working at Height as the proposals are developed into actions.

Alison Thewliss MP, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height, said: “Our inquiry and report marks the beginning of the APPG’s work. Working with industry and government we hope to make recommendations that will create a safer environment for the millions of people who work at height every day.”

Since PTSG began trading in 2007, working at height has been central to its multi-disciplinary services, from the installation and maintenance of cradles to lightning protection systems, high-level cleaning and reparations – and many other specialist services. In 2018, the Group received a RoSPA Gold Medal for its achievement of seven consecutive Golds. This is testament to the uncompromising safety standards set by Terry Wilcock, HSQE Director, and implemented by engineers in each of the Group’s four divisions.

PTSG to help keep London skyscraper operating safely

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to deliver vital access and safety services at a major London skyscraper.

250 Bishopsgate is one of the most iconic buildings in the area of East London, close to Old Spitalfields Market. The 11-storey skyscraper was completed in 2000 and has been home to RBS since 2007.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. have been contracted to excavate and reinstate 73 plinths that were found to be defective on the ninth floor building maintenance unit.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. is the second-largest of the Group’s four divisions, providing a wide range of services and equipment including the safety testing of ManSafe systems and anchor devices, the installation of safety walkways, ladders and eyebolts, and the design, installation and maintenance of cradles.

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PTSG Access & Safety team moves into Premier Place

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to provide access maintenance services at a major redevelopment in the City of London.

The Premier Place project will see the complete refurbishment of a 1990s office block in Devonshire Square in the City of London. The redeveloped building will boast retail outlets on the ground floor, a double-height reception and a new secondary office entrance.

ISG as the main contractor has deferred to PTSG’s specialists to carry out ten-yearly examinations and overhauls to all the suspended access equipment on site whilst the site is undergoing the redevelopment.

The design, installation and maintenance of suspended access equipment is arguably PTSG’s area of greatest experience. PTSG Access & Safety Ltd. is the longest-established of the Group’s four divisions, the other three being PTSG Electrical Services Ltd, PTSG Building Access Specialists and PTSG Fire Solutions. PTSG often delivers multiple specialist services to its customers, saving them the time and expense of finding several providers.

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PTSG to work with Skanska at major London refurbishment project

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is to renew its long-standing relationship with Skanska at 51 Moorgate, London, which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

The commercial building will provide eight floors of office space and ground-floor retail opportunities, with completion due later this year. Skanska, as the main contractor, is tasked with adding an extra floor and maximising the existing floor plates. They will also install floor-to-ceiling windows and deliver a reconfigured reception space. The high-profile location will be further enhanced when Crossrail opens at nearby Moorgate station.

PTSG’s access maintenance engineers will carry out ten-yearly examinations and overhauls to all the suspended access equipment on site during the refurbishment.

PTSG has worked with Skanska many times, providing a range of specialist building services at projects throughout the UK. In 2018, PTSG won the PFM Partners in Corporate (Private Sector) awards for its work with Skanska at The Scalpel, a major new skyscraper in London. PTSG’s engineers designed and installed two of the world’s largest building maintenance units, as well as innovative roof systems for their storage and concealment.

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‘Turned out nice’ for Formby thanks to PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has recently completed a contract with a leading Liverpool fitness centre, Sports Direct Fitness.

Most commonly known for its sports stores, Sports Direct Fitness Centre is situated in Formby, just north of Liverpool. Established in 1982, Sports Direct is the UK’s largest sports-goods retailer and operates roughly 670 stores worldwide. The retail group also owns a large number of branded gyms and fitness centres across the country.

The Group’s skilled engineers visited the site to inspect the building’s fixed ladder system. PTSG ensures that all fixed ladder systems work in accordance with the BS EN 14122:2004 standard. It is essential that this type of equipment is tested to reduce risks of accidents when working at height.

PTSG’s Access and Safety division employs some of the industry’s leading specialist in providing ideal solutions for identified fall-risks for employees working at height. Through a combination of strategic acquisitions and organic growth, the Group has grown rapidly to become the UK’s leading access and safety service provider.