PTSG is privileged to work on some of the UK’s most outstanding and iconic buildings. From historic castles and monuments to cutting-edge skyscrapers, we are proud to play our part in ensuring they are safe and protected, clean and operationally efficient.
Tintern Abbey, the popular historical landmark in Monmouthshire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, is a national icon — a Gothic masterpiece which became a Romantic symbol of the sublime.
It was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, who were happy to make do with timber buildings at first. Abbot Henry, a reformed robber, was better known for his habit of crying at the altar than for his architectural ambitions.
A simple stone church and cloisters came later. But then, thanks to the patronage of wealthy Marcher lords, the white-robed monks began to think bigger.
In 1269 they began to build a new abbey church and didn’t stop until they’d created one of the masterpieces of British Gothic architecture. The great west front with its seven-lancet window and the soaring arches of the nave still take the breath away.
So grateful were the monks to their powerful patron Roger Bigod that they were still handing out alms on his behalf in 1535. But by then King Henry VIII’s English Reformation was well underway.
Only a year later Tintern surrendered in the first round of the dissolution of the monasteries — and the great abbey began slowly to turn into a majestic ruin.
Its remains have been celebrated in poetry and painting from the 18th century onwards. In 1984, Cadw took over responsibility for managing the site. Tintern Abbey is visited by approximately 70,000 people every year.
Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd are currently on site to install an access ladder to the visitor centre enabling maintenance operatives to gain safe access to the roof.Bottom of Form
PTSG is highly experienced in working on historical buildings and has completed specialist service projects in all five divisions on a wide variety of buildings including:
- Wallace Tower, a picturesque Gothic structure in Ayr, South-West Scotland, where PTSG’s steeplejacks have just completed a project to repair crumbling masonry;
- Berrington Hall, a National Trust property in Herefordshire, where PTSG’s Electrical Services engineers provided a discrete lightning protection system to blend in with the aesthetic of this beautiful building; and
- Glamis Castle in North-East Scotland, where PTSG’s completed a test and inspection of the lightning protection system to ensure it remains fully operational.