PTSG in the pink with Big Yellow contract

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is in the process of renewing its contract to provide services throughout 2020 with long-established client Big Yellow (and Armadillo).

The Group’s Fire Solutions division has held a contract with Big Yellow since 2011, providing vital maintenance services for the dry risers installed at its stores.

Big Yellow is the UK’s brand leader in self-storage. The company operates from a platform of 84 stores, including 14 stores branded as Armadillo Self Storage, in which Big Yellow has a 20% interest. The company states that its intention is to take the hassle away from moving house, setting up a business or a DIY project – which are often deemed some of the most stressful things in life.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd is an area of huge growth for the Group. In dry risers maintenance, PTSG’s engineers handle between 250 and 400 jobs per week from its north-west office alone. With 14 offices around the UK dedicated to providing fire solutions (part of the Group’s total of 29 nationwide offices), PTSG’s engineers can be mobilised to attend practically any job, anywhere involving: fire detection and suppression equipment and services, security systems (CCTV, access control, intruder alarm and door entry systems), public address/voice alarm systems (PA/VA) and all-important service support and maintenance packages.


PTSG extends contract for Lewis’s Home Retail

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) will extend the number of sites it currently services for Lewis’s Home Retail (formerly TJ Hughes), with the addition of several key stores in Scotland.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd has maintained the dry risers at buildings throughout the UK for the discount department store over a number of years. In June 2011 TJ Hughes officially entered administration. Later the same year, Lewis’s Home Retail (part of the Benross Group) bought six of the 57 TJ Hughes stores out of administration, retaining the brand name and identity.

Since administration, the locations of new or reopened TJ Hughes stores include: Clydebank, Dundee, East Kilbride, Birkenhead, Durham, Middlesborough, Oldham, Sheffield, Coventry and Stretford.

Dry risers are an integral component of fire suppression for buildings with multiple levels. PTSG has become a major provider of dry riser services – both installation and maintenance – over the last four years. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd is the fastest growing of the Group’s four divisions. In tandem with PTSG Access & Safety Ltd, PTSG Electrical Services Ltd and PTSG Building Access Specialists, PTSG is able to meet the full specialist services requirements for clients in the construction and FM sectors.

PTSG leaves no Stone unturned in fire safety

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured further sites within McCarthy & Stone’s national portfolio, where it will deliver specialist fire solutions.

McCarthy & Stone is a developer and manager of retirement communities in the UK. The company operates from four divisional offices and has a significant share of the UK retirement community market. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd have already delivered servicing and testing packages for dry risers, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers at a large number of sites throughout the UK. This will continue at further sites in different locations, underlining the retirement living provider as a major client.

PTSG is dedicated to making buildings safe and efficient for users via a wide number of specialist services. PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd – one of four discrete business divisions within the Group – undertakes a huge amount of work in the residential sector, delivering services which ultimately give people valuable peace of mind in their homes.

PTSG to make luxury Kew development fire-safe

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been contracted to provide specialist services at Kew Bridge Phase I.

Kew Bridge is a new luxury residential development in West London, situated on a picturesque stretch of the Thames opposite the world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens. Apartments benefit from 24-hour concierge, fitness suite and private car park. Prices range from £500,000 to £3 million.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd, working for contractor MEB Building Services, will deliver commercial and residential sprinklers throughout the building, with construction running until 2022.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd. delivers a comprehensive range of fire detection and suppression equipment and services, security systems (CCTV, access control, intruder alarm and door entry systems), public address/voice alarm systems (PA/VA) and all-important service support and maintenance packages – including planned and preventative maintenance, compliance and asset management, fire risk assessment and fire training.

Accreditation puts PTSG Fire Solutions at the forefront of compliance

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has achieved the ESOS Phase 2 certificate of compliance in energy efficiency via one of its constituent companies, Trinity Fire & Security Systems.

ESOS, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, was introduced by the Government to promote energy efficiency. Compliance is required by larger organisations with 250 or more employees to ensure they are regularly assessing their energy usage every four years and, most importantly, to highlight energy savings opportunities as a mandatory practice.

Trinity Fire & Security Systems (Trinity) was acquired by PTSG in January 2019. Not only did this give PTSG a fully comprehensive range of specialist fire solutions, it also confirmed PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd as the fastest-growing division of the Group. Trinity operates from ten regional offices, part of the Group’s total of 29 UK offices.

Certification puts PTSG in a leading position regarding compliance; the Group has well over 130 individual accreditations across its four business divisions. The ESOS Phase 2 certificate will see 90% of energy consumed by Trinity accounted for across all sites, including transport.

The ESOS Assessments were a major undertaking, reviewed and signed off by a board-level director and approved by a lead assessor before being reported to the Environment Agency.

PTSG to work at 2One2 Broad Street – until 2022!

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been nominated as the preferred supplier of fire solutions for what will be the largest residential tower in Birmingham 2One2 Broad Street.

Broad Street Tower, which is known as 2One2 Broad Street (actual address 212-223 Broad Street), is a 134-metre skyscraper under construction on one of Birmingham’s main thoroughfares, central banking and financial centres and popular nightspot locations. More than 15,000 people are employed in this sector, in this area of Birmingham alone.

For this project, PTSG’s scope will be to deliver commercial sprinklers, residential sprinklers and wet risers to 2One2 Broad Street. Construction work on the project is expected to run until 2022. When completed, it will be the second tallest building in Birmingham after the BT Tower and will be the tallest building on Broad Street.

PTSG offers a tailored service for a range of fire prevention and suppression systems in a variety of public and private buildings. From initial design and feasibility, through to installation, testing, replacement, maintenance and certification, the provides a complete fire protection solution to ensure that client facilities remain safe and compliant. PTSG has built a strong reputation for providing a thorough and high-quality service, which is vital when the stakes are so high.

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Updated building regulation: progress is encouraging but maintenance is crucial

The main article in the latest issue BFM (Building & Facilities Management) magazine reported on the updated 2019 edition of Building Regulations ADB (Approved Document B), which took place on 30th August. Considerable progress has been made on improving residential safety, particularly within high-rise buildings, since the Grenfell Tower fire.

Approved Document B addresses fire safety precautions which must be adhered to, to ensure the safety of occupants, firefighters and those close to a building in the event of a fire.

The building regulations already require residential buildings over three storeys high to be fitted with smoke control systems, which protect escape routes and keep them free from smoke. Therefore, any move to supplement this protection with other kinds of safety solutions must be welcomed.

What the report emphasises – and Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) backs wholeheartedly – is the fact that each fire safety system is only as good as its maintenance regime. The performance of even the best systems can be fatally compromised by lack of correct maintenance. That’s why PTSG places great importance on maintenance for its 20,000 customers, with many benefitting from annual contracts to ensure their assets are protected at all times.

PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd is the fastest-growing of the Group’s four business divisions. Half of its 29 UK centres of operation are dedicated to the design, installation, testing and maintenance of fire solutions. This not only includes dry and wet risers, sprinkler systems and hydrants but also security systems (CCTV, access control, intruder alarm and door entry systems), public address/voice alarm systems (PA/VA) and all-important service support and maintenance packages – including planned and preventative maintenance, compliance and asset management, fire risk assessment and fire training.

PTSG accepted by the University of Cambridge

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has secured a new order to deliver a number of fire solutions in a new building at the University of Cambridge.

In a contract with Bouygues UK, engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd will install commercial sprinklers and dry risers to a new state-of-the-art physics laboratory on West Cambridge campus, off Madingley Road. The multi-million-pound project will strengthen the University of Cambridge’s position as a leading provider of research and learning in the field of physics.

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Cambridge alumni, faculty members and researchers have won 11 Fields Medals and seven Turing Awards. Perhaps the most famous of all its scientists is Sir Isaac Newton, who conducted many of his experiments in the grounds of Trinity College.

PTSG has a large education portfolio and has installed fire solutions, lightning protection systems and delivered a number of other specialist services for universities throughout the UK. It is hoped that this latest contract at the University of Cambridge will mark the start of a long and successful working relationship between PTSG and Bouygues UK.

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PTSG to make new student village fire-safe

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has been appointed to install a sprinkler system at a new residential development for the University of Leicester.

Plans for the new Freemen’s Common Student Village, which fronts Welford Road in Leicester, were approved by the City Council’s Planning Committee to create a welcoming new neighbourhood for students to live, study and socialise.

The scheme consists of seven residential student accommodation blocks for around 1,200 students, a 550-space multi-storey car park and other ancillary buildings. Engineers from PTSG Fire Solutions Ltd are due to start on site early in December, with the majority of works starting in the first quarter of 2020. The main contractor is Imtech.

PTSG installs sprinkler systems for both commercial and domestic buildings all over the UK. Sprinklers are one of the most popular and effective ways of combatting fires. To date, no one has died in a fire with a sprinkler installed in the household.

Kitchen fire suppression expert boosts PTSG’s Fire Solutions division

Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) is delighted to welcome Stewart King to its Fire Solutions division as National Sales Manager – Kitchen Fire Suppression.

Stewart has 26 years of valuable fire industry experience. Before becoming a sales professional, he first worked as a firefighter, before subsequently working as a service engineer.

He has been involved with Ansul for 12 years. Ansul is the world’s leading kitchen fire suppression manufacturer operating within the Johnson Control Group of companies and is renowned for its excellent research and development and commitment to only retailing fully approved products. Stewart describes Ansul as the “Hoover” brand of kitchen fire suppression, as its global share of that market is around 80%.

In his work as a sales professional, Stewart has worked with a great many leading UK restaurant, pub and hotel chains, delivering maintenance contracts and major roll-out projects. He has also worked closely with many of the UK’s ventilation, extraction, kitchen design houses and food service equipment providers and has personally sought out and signed up some major UK institutions as Ansul brand-standard users.

One compelling fact is that 75% of all businesses that suffer a kitchen fire, without having the benefit of a kitchen fire suppression system, never re-open – or they close within 18 months.