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Balfour Beatty's Hinkley JV appoints MD

A Hinkley Point C mechanical, electrical and heating and ventilation (MEH) joint venture, formed at the request of EDF, has announced the appointment of Graham Donaldson as its managing director.

The JV, established in September, is a partnership between Hinkley Point C and all tier one MEH and support service contractors working on the new nuclear power station.

It is formed of Altrad, joint venture Balfour Beatty Bailey (Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey), Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock.

Mr Donaldson joins the JV from Urenco, where he was completion programme manager responsible for overseeing the integrated project management team on their £980m Tails Management Facility in Capenhurst, Cheshire.

He said: “The MEH Joint Venture represents a significant evolution in industry collaboration to deliver much needed mega infrastructure projects, such as Hinkley Point C.

“We have a great opportunity to show how the industry can come together to deliver a safe, high-quality and cost effective project.”

Hinkley Point C managing director Stuart Crooks said: “The MEH joint venture represents a new approach to a complex phase of construction. It puts the interests of the whole project above those of any individual contractor.

“Co-ordination and collaboration is good for contractors and pools skills and expertise across the contracting organisations, for everyone’s benefit.”

Hinkley Point C is one of the largest construction sites in Europe.

Earlier this month, the project’s delivery director Nigel Cann told Construction News that around 80 per cent of procurement on the project is complete, with 30 equipment contracts still to be signed and “most of them” at preferred bidder stage.

A major MEH contract remains, for some £2bn worth of work

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