PTSG takes to the skies to provide survey

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has employed drone technology to add another dimension to its roof survey service.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd, one of the Group’s four specialist divisions, used a drone to take video and photographic footage of the roof of Brunswick Shopping Centre in Westborough, Scarborough. This gave the client an extremely detailed picture of the roof, highlighting any remedial repairs that may be needed.

Brunswick Shopping Centre is in the Centre of Scarborough, on the coast of North Yorkshire. It was built on the site of a former Debenhams store, which is still an anchor tenant – along with over 30 other retailers including Argos and New Look. It has an annual footfall of over 7 million people.

Thierry Schoen, Sales Director of PTSG Building Access Specialists, commented: “Roof drone surveys are another ways in which we help our clients to plan ahead for maintenance work. Thanks to the great level of detail provided by the drone footage, clients can see the exact condition of their buildings and any work we can deliver that will ensure they remain in first-class condition.”

PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd provides a range of high-level services including window and cladding cleaning, gutter and fascia cleaning, roof and masonry repairs, installations and interior cleaning for clients in all sectors.

PTSG taken on board project at The Ark

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has delivered specialist services for a unique office building in west London.

The Ark is a striking office building located in Hammersmith, London. Designed by architect Ralph Erskine, the building is so-called due to its hull-like profile. The 10-storey copper and glass building was completed in 1992 but remained empty until recent years.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd were asked to conduct a façade inspection of all frames, gaskets and seals in conjunction with, and under the direction of, Cladtech. Access to those areas that were particularly challenging was gained via a mixture of PASMA towers (mobile access towers) and abseil techniques.

PTSG’s engineers are specialists in abseil or rope access and all individuals are IRATA trained. This is generally regarded as the safest and most effective method of gaining access to the façade of buildings. Engineers can reach virtually any area quickly and easily, cutting down on the cost of more expensive equipment such as scaffolding.


PTSG praised for reactiveness in Nottingham project

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has delivered multiple specialist services for a brand-new student accommodation development on Nottingham’s Talbot Street in the centre of the city.

NMCN was awarded the demolition, construction and delivery of the facility, which will comprise of 331 self-contained bedrooms along with communal areas and outdoor space. The project will enhance the local area alongside existing student housing on the city centre street and help to meet the growing demand for top quality, sociable student accommodation in the city.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd recently completing fire-proofing duties at the new accommodation. Following this, PTSG also completed remedial works to the building’s façade and also delivered a full clean of the windows to support the hand-over of the completed construction project.

PTSG’s engineers received thanks for their reactiveness, as this was a time-sensitive project.

PTSG has a large and ever-growing portfolio in the education sector. All four of the Group’s divisions are active in delivering access and safety, electrical services, building access and fire solutions for buildings at schools, colleges and universities – including a great many student accommodation buildings.

PTSG has completed recent projects at the University of Reading (test and inspection of the lightning protection system), the University of Aberdeen (remedial works to height systems) and the University of Sheffield Hallam (testing and inspection of systems across multiple areas).

PTSG delivers specialist services at Citygate Apartment building

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed a project to deliver specialist at-height services at a highly sought-after residential building in Ilford, East London.

Citygate House is a former office building which was converted into a luxury apartment building comprising of 64 homes. This popular residential address is located close to Gants Hill Station and Newbury Park Station (both on the central line), offering easy access to and from Central London.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd performed render repairs to the rear elevation of the building using a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP). Works were recorded and supplied to the client through a photographic report.

PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd delivers high-level repairs, cleaning, decorating and installation works for clients throughout the UK, with a strong portfolio in Central and Greater London. Its engineers use a variety of techniques to access all parts of a building’s façade, including MEWP, abseil (all engineers are IRATA-trained) and reach and wash.

PTSG reaches heights at Colindale Gardens

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed the final phase of a high-level cleaning project at a unique new development called Colindale Gardens in North West London.

PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd was instructed to maintain the façade of the building during the construction and upon completion of the different phases. This saw the Group’s engineers employ abseil and reach and wash techniques to clean the many windows.

Abseil, or rope access, is widely viewed as the safest and most effective way of accessing all areas of a building’s façade. PTSG’s rope access engineers are IRATA-trained and highly experienced in scaling the heights of all kinds of buildings in order to clean windows and cladding, transforming the appearance of buildings.

Colindale Gardens is a development of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and townhouses set in over nine acres of landscaped gardens. This new community will benefit from over 2,900 new homes, cafes, restaurants and retail facilities along with its very own residents only gym and concierge service.

PTSG’s steeplejacks complete project for Drax Power Ltd

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed a specialist services contract at Drax Power Station, England’s newest coal-fired power station which is converting to biomass to become ‘cleaner’ for the environment.

Drax has a 2.6 GW capacity for biomass and 1.29 GW capacity for coal. Situated on the River Ouse between Selby and Goole, it provides about 6% of the UK’s electricity supply. In February 2020 it was announced that Drax would stop burning coal by early 2021, in accordance with the government’s 2025 deadline to ban all coal-fired electricity in the United Kingdom.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd (Steeplejacks Division) were assigned to carry out an inspection of a 400-feet-high cooling tower at the power station, with subsequent repairs to its concrete shell. Access was gained via ladders and work cradles.

PTSG has carried out a large amount of work for clients in the energy sector, having recently worked with BP, Drax power station and Lynemouth power station. PTSG’s engineers are able to carry out various specialist high-level works without disrupting the live environment of these high-risk sites, allowing work to be carried out safely and efficiently.

PTSG completes steeplejack project in Ireland

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed a challenging contract in the Republic of Ireland to carry out vital maintenance to a chimney for Breedon Cement.

Breedon operates two cement plants with a total capacity in excess of 2 million tonnes. Its Hope cement plant in Derbyshire is recognised as the UK’s largest and has been in operation for more than 80 years. The plant at Kinnegad near Dublin commenced production in 2002 and is one of the most modern in Europe.

Steeplejack engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd were on site in Kinnegad for just over a month. The project was made more challenging both by the coronavirus restrictions (the job was finished on the day Ireland went into lockdown) and by the exposed nature of the site, meaning that weather was a significant factor.

It appears that this was the first time the chimney had been painted by professional steeplejacks in well over a decade. Works included a cleaning the chimney before applying the primer, undercoat and finally the durable main coat.

PTSG’s team had its own compound due to the restrictions – no member was allowed to mix with anyone else on site. Despite all this, the job was completed on time and to budget, meeting the client’s expectations.

PTSG to deliver multiple specialist services in Liverpool Parklands

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been chosen to deliver multiple specialist services at a regeneration project in Speke, Liverpool.

In a bundled services contract that is seeing the Group becoming known as a ‘complete specialist services provider’, engineers from two of its four business divisions will deliver high-level cleaning, lightning protection and electrical compliance services.

The Parklands project consists of a large Secondary Academy School and Neighbourhood Hub incorporating a library, post-office and several Local Authority Services offices. Parklands High School had to close in 2014 due to falling student numbers – just ten years after it opened. Liverpool Parklands is part of the controversial private finance initiative (PFI) which was created during John Major’s spell as Prime Minister in the 1990s.

PTSG’s bundled services contracts often satisfy all clients’ requirements in facilities management. The advantages for them include a single point of contact for all services, a far more focused approach to the servicing of their assets, plus the associated cost savings.

PTSG to perform specialist clean in Bournemouth

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to carry out a full restorative clean of a major office building in Bournemouth.

100 Holdenhurst Road is the address of a state-of-the-art office block situated around a mile from Bournemouth town centre and close to both the railway station and sea front. Offices are let to business tenants with manned reception, 24/7 access and security and elevator access.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd, all of whom are IRATA-trained, will employ specialist rope access techniques, aided by mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) to reach every part of the building. A full restorative clean will be applied to the cladding of the building, which can become discoloured over time due to weathering and air pollution. PTSG’s restorative clean will return it to its original clean condition.

Rope access offers many advantages over other access techniques. Not only is it the safest method of accessing all parts of a building, it enables engineers to set up on site very quickly, avoiding the use of scaffolding which can be time-consuming to erect and may restrict people from accessing the building as normal during certain times.


PTSG to give former Perfume Factory builder’s clean

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to perform a full builder’s clean at a series of brand new student accommodation buildings, situated on the site of the former Perfume Factory, for London’s Imperial College in North Acton.

IRATA-trained engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd will employ rope access techniques, also using mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), to enable them to reach all areas of the new buildings quickly and effectively.

A builder’s clean is a service provided specifically for the proceeding days after a construction or renovation project. Unlike a regular or periodic clean, a builder’s clean provides a one-off, comprehensive clean of the entire building.

The re-development at the site of the former art deco Perfume Factory in North Acton marks a significant milestone in Imperial College’s investment into Ealing. The site, which is located at 140 Wales Farm Road in North Acton, London, has seen the existing buildings demolished and five new buildings arranged over 5 to 31-storeys constructed. This has created state-of-the-art halls of residence as well as residential suites for the rental market and mixed-use commercial areas.