Parliament revamp signals new direction in fire safety

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has observed, with great interest, the approach to fire safety taken in the restoration of parliament and the construction of the new parts of its surrounding estate.

The chair of the sponsor board has stated that construction firms will be expected to do “everything humanly possible” to minimise fire risks. Plans unveiled this week include proposals for a redeveloped Richmond House building, which will host the House of Commons for between five and eight years while restoration work takes place.

The approach echoed a warning from House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom that “the fire at Notre-Dame showed the potential danger of an old building in the state that our Palace of Westminster is in.”

The Notre Dame fire occurred two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London. Although the two events were different in cause and effect, both highlight the need for the most stringent standards in fire prevention and suppression in buildings.

Grenfell Tower triggered a renewed call for a higher minimum standard in building fire safety and several councils in London alone responded immediately by overhauling their high-rise accommodation. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. continues to experience a constant demand for its sprinklers and wet and dry riser systems (installations and maintenance). Other services provided across the Group, include: Fire Detection & Life Safety Systems, Fire Detection & Alarm Systems, Public Address/Voice Alarms (PA/VA), Emergency Voice Communication Systems (EVCS), Fire Suppression, Kitchen Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarm and Door Entry Systems.

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PTSG welcomes government investment of £200m in safer cladding

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG), which undertakes a significant amount of work in the field of fire solutions in public and private high-rise buildings, has welcomed today’s announcement by the government for a major investment in safer cladding in 150 private high-rise blocks in England.

The catalyst for the major £200m investment was, of course, the Grenfell fire of 2017 in which 72 people lost their lives. In one of the UK’s worst modern disasters, it took just minutes for the fire to spread upwards and around all four sides of the building, engulfing it in flames.

PTSG’s rope access and fire solutions teams have worked on a number of private and public sector building removing and replacing cladding over the last 12 months. The team consists of some of the industry’s leading building access specialists.

Commenting on the disaster at the time, Paul Atkins of PTSG’s fire solutions southeast team, told BBC London: “If they’d had a sprinkler system the fire would have been deluged before it got to the cladding. People would’ve had plenty of time to leave the building. To date no-one has ever died in a fire with a sprinkler system in the household.”

All PTSG’s sprinkler systems for commercial and residential buildings are installed in accordance with the BS9251 standard and wet risers are installed to the current BS9990 2015 standard. PTSG’s specialist Building Access and Fire Solutions teams offer a wide range of services to ensure the safety of building users in the event of a fire, including safe cladding installation, wet and dry-risers installation and maintenance, sprinklers and other extinguisher systems, fire alarms and emergency lighting installation and testing.

PTSG to install sprinklers in a variety of London addresses

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is forging ahead with its Fire Solutions division, with a number of new sprinkler installations contracts in London and the South East.

Fire safety systems, which both detect and suppress fires, are now a requirement in buildings of all kinds. Sprinklers are proven to deluge fires before they can spread out of control. To date, no one has ever died in a fire with a sprinkler system in the household.

PTSG has been contracted for the installation of sprinklers at the following:

o Friars Primary Foundation – a Hazard 1 installation to protect the entirety of the school’s buildings, with systems fed from a pump and a tank;
o London Trocadero – a contract to install sprinklers in the basement areas of the entertainment complex, which is located close to Piccadilly Circus.
o Contracts to install residential sprinklers at four different addresses including Woodstock Studios – a complex in the former BBC studios on Woodstock Grove, immortalised in the 1979 adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, starring Alec Guiness.

PTSG provides fire solutions for London MET

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is working with the London Metropolitan Police force to provide a number of crucial services from its Fire Solutions division.

Headquartered in Castleford, West Yorkshire, PTSG has 31 office locations; for this new contract, engineers from its Maidstone office will be renewing existing alarm valves and pipework for one of the MET Police’s many sites.

The Metropolitan Police Service, known informally as “The MET”, gave rise to the nickname of “bobbies” for its officers, as it was founded by Sir Robert Peel in 1829. It enforces the law in the 32 London boroughs, as well as having other, unique responsibilities including co-ordinating and leading UK anti-terrorism matters and protecting the Royal Family.

PTSG is becoming a trusted and popular name in providing of all kinds of fire solutions, both within the capital and throughout the UK. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. complements its three other business divisions; as a Group, PTSG often delivers the complete special services package for customers in many different sectors.

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PTSG goes underground for Fire Solutions contract

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is currently working on a hydrant testing contract for London Underground.

Hydrant testing is one of the growing number of services offered by PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. PTSG offers the full range of hydrant testing services including visual inspection, wet pressure testing, static pressure testing and flow testing, ensuring hydrants operate at optimal efficiency.

London Underground is one of a number of big-name clients for the London office of PTSG’s Fire Solutions division. Its engineers have recently won contracts to install sprinkler systems at the London Trocadero and Woodstock Studios – the former BBC studios which produced the classic adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy in 1979.

London Underground is, of course, one of the world’s most iconic transport systems. There are 270 stations within the system, the deepest of which (Hampstead on the Northern Line) is nearly 200 feet below street level. The Elizabeth Line (also known as Crossrail) is the latest addition to the system, running from Reading through to Shenfield. It is scheduled to be open in autumn 2019.

PTSG is proud to be making a small but vital contribution to the safe upkeep of London Underground.

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PTSG makes major Wembley development site fire-safe

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) been involved in a significant number of dry riser installations as part of the capital’s Wembley re-development.

Wembley is one of the largest regeneration projects in the country and, according to the Mayor of London, can accommodate around 11,500 new homes and 10,000 jobs through the development of sites along Wembley High Road and the land around Wembley Stadium. Wembley Park is the new 85-acre neighbourhood emerging around Wembley Stadium, which includes a civic centre, student accommodation, 525 affordable homes and refurbishment of the 1934 Wembley Arena (now the SSE Arena).

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. is the fastest-growing of the Group’s four business divisions. Following the recent acquisition of Trinity Fire & Security Systems, there are now 13 office locations UK-wide, delivering the full complement of fire prevention and suppression systems including: Fire Detection & Life Safety Systems, Fire Detection & Alarm Systems, Public Address/Voice Alarms (PA/VA), Emergency Voice Communication Systems (EVCS), Fire Suppression, Kitchen Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarm and Door Entry Systems.

PTSG to deliver further projects for Galliford Try

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been appointed by Galliford Try to deliver the fire suppression package at Oaklands House West London regeneration scheme.

The project has a value of £155m overall and is set to become the largest UK regeneration scheme since work began to transform East London following the 2012 Olympics. A total of 605 new homes will be delivered, including 40% social and affordable homes. Engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. will install sprinklers to three residential blocks as well as wet/dry riser systems.

The project sees a continuation of PTSG’s partnership to deliver large schemes with Galliford Try. In 2018, the two organisations collaborated on Great Eastern Quays, Ferry Lane and Brunel Street projects.

PTSG’s specialist Fire Solutions division provides a wide range of services to ensure the safety of building users in the event of a fire, including: Fire Detection & Life Safety Systems, Fire Detection & Alarm Systems, Public Address/Voice Alarms (PA/VA), Emergency Voice Communication Systems (EVCS), Fire Suppression, Kitchen Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarm and Door Entry Systems.

London Fire Brigade’s sprinklers concern

A new report issued today (11th February 2019) by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has revealed that some housing developers are ignoring advice on fitting sprinklers. As detailed on the LFB website, an audit of purpose-built flats, built or refurbished since 2016, found that only two of the 15 blocks spot-checked had sprinklers fitted. The report can be downloaded here.

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is one of the UK’s leaders in the design and feasibility, source, supply, installation, testing, replacement, maintenance and certification of a wide range of fire prevention and suppressions systems – including sprinklers.

The fire service’s call comes as the government consults on building regulations in approved document B that include a crucial section on sprinklers and other fire suppression systems. LFB is calling for sprinklers to be fitted in:

  • all purpose-built blocks of flats (or all blocks over six storeys at the very least);
  • all homes where vulnerable people live; and
  • all buildings housing vulnerable residents such as a care homes or sheltered accommodation.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. is the fastest-growing of the Group’s four divisions. It continues to experience a great demand for its services as more developers and building managers look for ways to safeguard their buildings and residents from the threat of fire. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. is complemented by its Access & Safety, Electrical Services and Building Access Specialist divisions. Together, they are often able to meet the complete specialist services needs of organisations across many different industry sectors.

PTSG to install fire solutions at exclusive Manchester address

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been contracted to deliver fire solutions at the new Excelsior Works development in Manchester.

Engineers from the Group’s Fire Solutions division will be installing residential sprinklers and dry risers to the exclusive new apartment block. Excelsior Works is currently under development and upon completion will boast 108 high-quality apartments next to the city’s Bridgewater Canal.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. is the newest and fastest-growing of the Group’s four business divisions. With five business acquisitions made within the last three years, the most recent being Trinity Fire and Security Systems in January 2019, it has 14 office locations throughout the UK (31 Group-wide). The recent acquisition Trinity Fire and Security Systems, now means that PTSG can offer more services including: Fire Detection & Life Safety Systems, Fire Detection & Alarm Systems, Public Address/Voice Alarms (PA/VA), Emergency Voice Communication Systems (EVCS), Fire Suppression, Kitchen Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarm and Door Entry Systems.

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PTSG makes Preston’s first independent living scheme fire-safe

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG)’s fire services engineers are to install sprinkler systems at an exciting new residential scheme in Preston, Lancashire.

Work began on Preston’s first independent living scheme on Dovedale Avenue, Ingol, early in 2018. The scheme consists of 60 fully wheelchair-accessible one-and two-bedroomed apartments, all with private outdoor space. There is also a bistro, hairdresser, treatment/consultation and activity rooms.

Engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. continue to experience an extremely high demand for their specialist services. As well as designing, installing, testing and maintaining fire prevention and suppression systems including sprinklers and dry risers, PTSG also increases the safety of buildings for users with emergency lighting and fire alarms. The recent acquisition of leading fire solutions business, Trinity Fire and Security Systems, now means that PTSG can offer more services including: Fire Detection & Life Safety Systems, Fire Detection & Alarm Systems, Public Address/Voice Alarms (PA/VA), Emergency Voice Communication Systems (EVCS), Fire Suppression, Kitchen Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarm and Door Entry Systems.