PTSG helps ensure safety at Alton Towers

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is currently working on a specialist services contract at the popular amusement park Alton Towers.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd are back on site in Staffordshire, near the village of Alton, to upgrade the existing lightning protection systems and add further protection. Work will take place over the winter period.

In 2017, Alton Towers Resort was the second most visited theme park in the UK after Legoland Windsor. The park operates a total of ten roller coasters and offers a range of accommodation and lodging options alongside the theme park. Facilities include Alton Towers Waterpark, conference facilities, a crazy golf course, and a high ropes course. Whilst the theme park is closed during winter, many of its hotels and amenities are open all year round.

The number of lightning protection projects PTSG is contracted for continues to grow in breadth and depth. Sites vary from historic or protected buildings, such as Leeds’ Grade I-listed Leeming building and Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, to iconic buildings including Battersea Power stations, as well as a vast number of buildings in the higher education sector.

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PTSG makes a flying visit to the Falklands Islands

Two Electrical Specialists from Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) have just returned from a visit to the Falkland Islands. The company was invited to meet with the Ministry of Defence there.

Simon Greenwood, Director of Specialist Earthing and Surge, and Liam Riley, Estimating Director (Eastern), visited RAF Mount Pleasant, a Royal Air Force Station in the British Overseas Territory of the islands. It is the newest permanent airfield in the RAF and the station provides a base for air-defence and transport operations in the south Atlantic. It is home to No. 905 Expeditionary Air Wing, part of British Forces South Atlantic Islands. The wing comprises three RAF flights, which operate a range of aircraft.

PTSG has a successful record of delivering specialist services at air bases and airports both in the UK and overseas. In 2013, working with multiple stakeholders within the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, PTSG successfully delivered essential lightning protection systems upgrades within a secure operational Royal Air Force base in Norfolk.

Since then, the Group has delivered a full range of specialist services at Heathrow Airport, for which Adam Davies (PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd) recently won Account Director of the Year at the PFM Partnership Awards. The company has also delivered a number of niche specialist services on behalf of Manchester Airport Group and, further afield, the Group has delivered inspection and certifications for lightning protection systems at Hamad International Airport, Qatar.

Guardian to provide tests for universities

Guardian Electrical Compliance Ltd (Guardian) continues to strengthen its education portfolio with new electrical services contracts at two of Yorkshire’s leading universities.

Guardian was acquired by Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) in October 2018 and has since increased the Group’s output in the field of electrical compliance considerably.

A major new contract with the University of Sheffield will see engineers from Guardian perform fixed wire inspection and testing each year for five years. Meanwhile, there has been a one-year addition to an existing contract with the University of Leeds – again to provide fixed wire inspection and testing.

Guardian performs a large amount of electrical inspection and testing contracts to help duty holders ensure they comply with the legal requirements – in particular the Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR) 1989.

The University of Sheffield is a public research university organised into five academic faculties and arranged predominantly over two campus areas. It is ranked 33rd in the Complete University Guide. The University of Leeds, ranked 14th in the same guide, is renowned worldwide for the quality of its teaching and research.

PTSG toasts new lightning protection contract in Edinburgh

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to provide specialist services at the new Johnny Walker Experience building in Edinburgh.

Authority was granted by the City of Edinburgh Council Planning Committee in May 2019 for the multi-million-pound sensory whiskey experience. Located on the capital’s Princes Street, the building was previously occupied by House of Fraser. Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will install a lightning protection system at the building.

The experience centre will include room for a flexible events space for staging music, theatre and arts; a rooftop bar with views of Edinburgh Castle; and a street-level whisky store inspired by the new Johnnie Walker flagship shop in Madrid. It is part of Diageo’s £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism, which includes the upgrade of the company’s 12 distillery visitor centres across Scotland.


PTSG to work with BMW again

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has begun work providing specialist electrical services at the new press shop being constructed in Swindon for BMW.

The contract is between PTSG and King and Moffatt, mechanical and electrical contractors operating throughout the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd (West Midlands and South West branch) are installing lightning protection on the roof of the press shop, via tapes and air terminals; connections to steel columns throughout high level and around the perimeter at low level.

They are also installing a buried copper tape grid within the floor slab on the ground floor and basement levels which need to be coordinated with the ground workers and concrete pourers.

Plant Swindon produces over 300 different parts dressed for the BMW body shell. PTSG has completed a number of contracts for BMW over the past several years. Back in March 2019, the Group received an order to perform fixed wire testing, also at BMW’s Swindon base.

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PTSG to protect new Amazon distribution centre

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured a contract to install a lightning protection system at a new distribution centre in the North East.

In February 2019 it was announced that Amazon was set to build the new logistics centre near Durham. It is the retail giant’s second centre of its kind in the North East – the first is a massive 1.5-million-square-feet fulfilment and distribution centre near Darlington. The new centre near Durham is even bigger still.

The contract is between PTSG and ISG, a global construction services company specialising in fit out, technology, construction and development.

PTSG provides lightning protection services for a huge variety of structures, for clients in all industry sectors. As well as installing, testing, servicing and maintaining lightning protection systems, the Group also delivers surge protection and specialist earthing services.

Surge protection can often be a cost effective alternative for smaller organisations that don’t want to make the investment into a full lightning protection system.

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PTSG extends contract for the City of London

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to continue its works for the City of London Corporation with the provision of specialist services at more sites in the heart of the capital.

In August, the Group announced it had won a contract to deliver lightning protection services for a variety of sites across London including the Barbican Estate, home of the Barbican performing arts centre.

The next site to be included in the contract is adjacent to Tower Bridge, where PTSG’s engineers will ensure lightning protection systems are fully tested and in first class condition to protect both the building and its users.

PTSG is privileged to provide services for some of the nation’s most remarkable buildings – and not just in lightning protection. Its London-based access specialists, for example, have provided some of the world’s largest BMUs for some of the already iconic buildings that comprise London’s famous skyline. They include 52 Lime Street, 30 St Mary’s Axe and the Leadenhall Building – or to use their more common names, The Scalpel, The Gherkin and The Cheesegrater.

PTSG passes the test for Worldpay

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured a specialist services contract with Worldpay, taking place at its headquarters in London.

The contract covers the testing of all critical and non-critical circuits, beginning this month.

Worldpay provides payment services for mail order and Internet retailers, as well as point-of-sale transactions. Customers are a mix of multinational, multichannel retailers, with the majority being small business merchants. It also provides loans to small businesses.

PTSG Electrical Services Ltd is the largest of the Group’s four divisions and electrical testing contracts account for a significant proportion of all work undertaken. PTSG’s engineers are located throughout the UK, carrying out fixed wire testing and portable appliance testing (PAT) to ensure a wide range of organisations remain compliant with the latest industry regulations.

Compliance, while being a legal necessity, brings a number of benefits aside from ensuring all electrical systems remain in a first-class operational condition. By maximising the safety of building users, the knock-on benefit is that an organisation’s reputation is protected because the likelihood of electrical faults occurring is vastly reduced. Safe, efficient businesses operate more efficiently and make financial sense.

PTSG begins work on £1bn St John’s Project

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is providing specialist electrical services at St John’s, Manchester newest city centre neighbourhood.

St. John’s is a £1bn transformation of a six-hectare plot, developed by Manchester Quays Ltd (MQL). Upon completion, it will be a neighbourhood containing 320 hotel bedrooms, 560,000 square feet of workspace, 240,000 square feet of retail and 13 acres of public realm.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd recently began work at the site, where they are installing below-ground lightning protection and protective earthing systems for main contractor Adana Construction.

PTSG’s engineering teams work throughout the UK, delivering multiple specialist services for customers for a wide variety of industry sectors. It has worked on numerous projects in Manchester, which has undergone an unprecedented period of development over the last few years, with many more plans waiting for approval.

Another new Manchester neighbourhood which recently benefitted from PTSG’s services is Middlewood Lock, offering living and working spaces as well as a range of shops, restaurants, bars and public open spaces. The Group’s engineers installed lightning and earthing protection here too, ensuring the safety and peace of mind of residents and facilities users.

PTSG heads Uptown in Manchester

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is to start work at an exclusive new Manchester address that is under development.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd will install lightning and surge protection systems at Uptown in Manchester, working on three modular tower blocks. The main contractor for the project is Ideal Modular Homes.

Uptown is a new development of premium riverside apartments situated on the banks of Manchester’s River Irwell. This gives residents the convenience of city living and a waterfront location. The development comprises 156 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with premium interiors and large communal and private rooftop terraces.

This is the latest in a long line of premium residential developments for which PTSG has provided lightning protection and/or surge and earthing protection systems. The Group’s portfolio is expanding continuously, not just in Manchester but in other major cities throughout the UK including London, Sheffield and Edinburgh.