Meet the contractor: MEH Alliance
The MEH Alliance is delivering the mechanical, electrical and heating and ventilation works, as we move into the next phase of Hinkley Point C’s construction. We spoke to some representatives from the MEH Alliance to find out which contractors are involved – and the opportunities available for young people.
Q. What is the MEH Alliance?
A. The MEH Alliance brings together EDF in partnership with a joint venture (JV) formed of four major UK industrial erection companies: Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock – plus we’re supported by a network of strategic suppliers. This innovative alliance model means that different contractors can work as a single entity to deliver the complex installation of cabling and pipework across the 4,000 rooms and 75 buildings of Hinkley Point C.
Joint ventures are very common on big infrastructure projects, like Hinkley Point C. They bring together different organisations and skillsets to enable more collaborative working, which brings time and cost benefits. Together, we also aim to create new industrial capacity and jobs by manufacturing key components in the UK.
Q. What type of works will you be delivering?
A. The MEH Alliance will be delivering the main Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC works (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) at Hinkley Point C. This includes the installation of all pipes, electrical kits and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
On top of this, the MEH Alliance is responsible for the transfer to commissioning of 91 mechanical systems, 143 electrical systems, and all permanent small power and lighting networks.
Q. Are you already working on site?
A. Yes – we started work on the project in 2019, but on a small scale. Over the project lifetime, we’ll have thousands of skilled people working on the MEH installation at Hinkley Point C.
Q. Will you be recruiting apprentices?
A. Yes, we plan to recruit a significant number of Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices for a wide range of MEH roles. The initial cohorts will be for project controls, welding and pipefitting. But there’ll be more trade and support roles as our presence on site ramps up.