Argos shops with PTSG for multiple specialist equipment

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to inspect a range of fall arrest systems and equipment for Argos.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd will deliver inspections of CAT ladders and Mansafe systems in place across 240 branches UK-wide to ensure they are compliant and 100% fit for purpose. Its teams have the expertise and capacity to carry out repairs and installations of new equipment when required.

Argos, the catalogue retailer, has operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was established in November 1972 and is named after the Greek city of Argos. It was acquired by Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in 2016. The company trades both through physical shops and online, with over 883 retail shops, 29 million yearly shop customers, and nearly a billion online visitors per annum, making it one of the largest high street retailers in the United Kingdom.

PTSG has completed a number of contracts for Argos over the last several years, delivering specialist services from different divisions. Last year, engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd started work to test, inspection and maintenance of lightning protection systems in place at 245 stores in total. The work is due to be complete later this year.


PTSG’s long-standing relationship with M&S continues

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed specialist testing services for Marks and Spencer (M&S) at sites in Ireland as part of its agreement for December 2020.

M&S is of course a major British multi-national retailer that specialises in clothing, home products and food, mostly of its own label. Founded in 1884 in Leeds, M&S now has 959 stores across the UK.

PTSG’s work for M&S during December included the testing of fall arrest equipment in place at sites across Ireland, where the retailer has 17 stores.

PTSG began its relationship with M&S by providing fall arrest testing at a handful of its stores. This has grown to a much larger contract covering cradle maintenance, fall arrest and lightning protection across more than 400 stores.

As a result of the services PTSG delivers, M&S has considerably reduced maintenance costs and ensured the operational performance of its sites. PTSG and M&S have an aligned vision and values that mean that they are stronger together. They complement each other and are attuned to each other’s requirements and demands.

Nationwide continues to invest in PTSG

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is delighted to continue its strong and successful relationship with Nationwide Building Society, providing specialist Access & Safety services across the country.

The Nationwide is the largest building society in the world with over 15 million members. It is also a British mutual financial institution, headquartered in Swindon. The building society continues to invest in its branch network and bricks and mortar operation despite other banks closing high street locations.

The extended contract will see the Group’s specialists inspect, test, repair and replace a range of equipment including staircases, handrails, ladders and anchor points. Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of injury in the workplace and planned preventative maintenance of this kind is crucial in ensuring buildings remain safe for all users.

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PTSG puts MOJ to the test

The contract between Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) and the Ministry of Justice (via Engine) to provide specialist services has been extended.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd will test fall arrest systems in place at sites across the south of the UK. This includes Mansafe systems, handrails and ladders. This equipment provides safe and approved access to the roofs of buildings for operatives to enable them to carry out maintenance services.

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.

Earlier in 2020 PTSG Electrical Services Ltd entered into a contract to provide portable appliance testing (PAT) and electrical installation condition reporting (EICR) at 200 sites UK-wide for the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.


PTSG provides specialist services at HMP Wayland

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to deliver specialist Access & Safety services at a men’s prison in Norfolk.

HMP Wayland is a Category C prison located near the village of Griston, near Thetford. Opened in 1985, the facility has been enlarged on three occasions, adding a further 300 cells as well as new workshops and other facilities.

It now comprises 14 residential units and one segregation unit. The majority of the accommodation at the prison is single cell.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd will be repairing all Mansafe systems in place on the roof of the facility. Mansafe systems provide a safe, approved, test and inspected method for operatives to access the roofs of buildings, often close to the leading edge and the fall hazard.

Comprising stainless steel wire rope, posts and fixings, such fall arrest systems are used in conjunction with PPE to limit the distance and consequence of a fall.

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PTSG goes to university in Aberdeen

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has just been contracted to deliver extensive remedial works at the University of Aberdeen.

The University of Aberdeen is an ancient public research university, founded in 1495. It is Scotland’s third-oldest university, after St Andrew’s and Glasgow University, and the fifth-oldest in the English-speaking world. Notable alumni include George Wishart, father of the Scottish Reformation, Alastair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Iain Glen, actor who has recently appeared in Game of Thrones.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd will carry out remedial works to a wide variety of height systems in use across the campus, encompassing 15 buildings in total.

PTSG Access & Safety Ltd is one of four discrete business divisions, the others being PTSG Electrical Services Ltd, PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd and PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. While each division provides its own area of niche specialist services, they can also combine to provide a full-service solution for customers.

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PTSG’s specialist services – never knowingly undersold

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is currently working on a large project to deliver specialist services for the John Lewis Partnership (JLP).

The JLP is a British company which operates John Lewis & Partners department stores, Waitrose & Partners supermarkets, its banking and financial services, and other retail-related activities. By August 2016, Waitrose had 350 shops across the UK and it opened the UK’s first cashless shop at the headquarters of Sky, under the Little Waitrose brand.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd are engaged in works to test and maintain the height safety equipment across all of the Waitrose sites throughout the UK. Although this major project has tight timescales within which to complete the specialist work, PTSG is more than adequately equipped for the challenge.

The Group, which has grown year on year since it was founded in 2007, has 29 UK centres of operation and directly employees well over 1,300 industry specialists. This means it can be mobilised at a moment’s notice to meet the needs of clients in all industry sectors – whatever the location.

PTSG protects listed building in Covent Garden

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been selected to provide specialist electrical services at 22 Tower Street an exclusive development in the heart of Covent Garden.

This 140-year-old former school building, more recently used as the headquarters of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, is being redeveloped to create 22 luxurious apartments spread across six floors and 17,500 square feet and a separate house. This imposing Grade II-listed building has been extensively refurbished but also restored to retain its unique character.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will install a lightning protection system that will protect the structural integrity of this historic building and safeguard its users on the event of a lightning storm.

PTSG has provided lightning protection solutions for a large and growing portfolio of buildings in Central London. The London office of PTSG Electrical Services Ltd is the oldest supplier of lightning protection services in the UK and possibly even Europe, dating back to 1835.

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PTSG to deliver specialist services at historic hall

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to deliver a series of systems and equipment from its Access & Safety division at Ledston Hall – an historic building on the outskirts of Leeds that dates back almost 800 years to 1235.

Ledston Hall, situated in the village of Ledston just north of Castleford, is Grade I-listed. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I, placing Ledston Hall amongst the finest historic buildings in the country.

Plans were approved by Leeds City Council in 2020 to convert the hall into four houses, all of which would be set over three floors, and five apartments set over either one or two floors.

As the country house has such a rich history, the lecture hall, dining room and gallery space will still be available for public access, as will the educational use of the property, which was last used as a school in 1954.

There are also plans to erect an energy centre as part of the £9m redevelopment.

The project will generate ongoing revenue for the trust and it will solidify the future viability of the property, which is currently on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.

PTSG is contracted to deliver a series of systems and equipment from its Access & Safety division. Its engineers will be involved with the roof access system overhaul, installing new inclined ManSafe systems to the existing ladders, a new access ladder with integrated Inclined ManSafe systems, as well as various horizontal constant force post systems to existing flat roofs.

PTSG takes great pride in being involved in projects of this kind, which help to protect and preserve the heritage of England. Ledston Hall is part of the Heritage at Risk (HAR) Programme, updated annually by Historic England. PTSG has worked on a wide number of other historic buildings, including a number looked after by Historic Scotland and the National Trust.

University of Sheffield Hallam puts PTSG to the test

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has successfully retained its contract to provide multiple specialist services for the University of Hallam for a second year.

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a public research university in South Yorkshire and one of the UK’s largest and most diverse universities. It is based on two sites; the City Campus is located in the city centre near Sheffield railway station, while the Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away in the Broomhall Estate off Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

The university is the 11th largest in the UK (out of 169) with 30,715 students (of whom 4,400 are international students), 4,494 staff and 708 courses.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will test lightning protection systems and electrical fixed wiring (to meet Electricity at Work Regulations 1989). Meanwhile, the Group’s Access & Safety division will deliver the testing and inspection of fall arrest systems in place at roof level of the university’s buildings enabling operatives to safely carry out cleaning and maintenance tasks.