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 team completes eight-hour charity motorcycle event

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has continued its commitment to charitable events with its participation in the Mallory 100 Plop Enduro 2019.

350 riders took part, with teams of four taking turns to ride a Honda C90 during the eight-hour endurance race. Such is the popularity of the Plop Enduro that it attracts some of the UK’s top riders, with the likes of regular competitor and British Superbike (BSB) race winner Richard Cooper and World Supersport and BSB rider Kyle Eyde taking part this year.

PTSG’s Mark Brackenbury, Group SHE Advisor, cut short his holiday in order to take part in the race on Saturday 27th April, which began in heavy rain. Without suitable tyres for such conditions and being one rider down (who failed to turn up), things weren’t looking good. To add to the team’s troubles, the exhaust studs on the Honda C90 sheared at around 11am. Just before lunch, the front wheel bearings had collapsed. However, the front wheel was swapped, the chain tightened and, following a one-hour lunch, Mark’s team got back onto the track in 71st place.

The afternoon went much better and the team completed the race in 39th position in the C90 class and 58th position overall, completing 183 laps with a best lap time of 1:44.19 racing for 7:22.33. (This was after the second bike retired due to a gearbox failure)

The event enjoyed another excellent turnout. PTSG is yet to find out how much the race generated for charity but is delighted to have made a contribution.

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