Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed specialist electrical tests at Broadmoor Hospital.

Broadmoor Hospital is a high-security psychiatric hospital in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England. It is the oldest of the three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England, the other two being Ashworth Hospital near Liverpool and Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

The hospital was first known as the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Completed in 1863, it was built to a design by Sir Joshua Jebb, an officer of the Corps of Royal Engineers, and covered 53 acres (21 hectares) within its secure perimeter.

Following long-standing reports that the old buildings were unfit for purpose (for therapy or safety), planning permission was granted in 2012 for a £242 million redevelopment, involving a new unit comprising 10 wards to adjoin the existing 6 wards of the modern Paddock Unit, resulting in total bed numbers of 234. Building company Kier reported in 2013 a sum of £115 million for the new unit of 162 beds, ready to accept patients by the start of 2017, and £43 million for a separate new medium secure unit for men nearby.

Engineers from PTSG Electrical Services Ltd have completed a test and inspection of the lightning protection system in place at Broadmoor. Such systems help to safeguard both structures and users in the event of a lightning strike and are mandatory to highlight any repairs that may be needed to ensure they stay fully operational. PTSG, as the UK’s leading provider of lightning protection services, is vastly experienced in carrying out testing, inspections and repairs to ensure systems remain compliant with BS EN 62305.

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