Balfour Beatty and Mace look set to seal the deal on the construction project for both Euston (£1.5 billion) and Old Oak Common (£1.1 billion) railway stations in London on the proposed new HS2 project, in the absence of competing bids from other contractors. Building

The end is in sight for gas boilers and cooking hobs in new homes, with a planned ban on their installation in homes built after 2025 – just six years away. The ban on new connections to the gas supply network after that date is intended to help meet the government’s carbon emissions targets. Daily Mail

Expansion plans for the Port of Tilbury in Thurrock, Essex, have received planning consent. The Tilbury2 project is valued at £200 million and covers an area of some 152 acres. It is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020 when it will act as a satellite of the main port. Construction Index

Profits reported by the Dutch construction conglomerate BAM on its UK operations last year showed an increase of almost 80%. Civil engineering and property were leading performers – despite lingering uncertainties about the future of Brexit. Adjusted pre-tax profits in the UK in the previous 12 months are reported to be €58.9m (£51.4m). Building

A new independent trust, Homes in Community Hands, has been launched by the charity Power to Change. It will fund grant schemes for community-based housing action groups, such as housing cooperatives, co-housing groups and community land trusts involved in either new-build or refurbishment projects. From an initial fund of £4.2 million, grants of around £50,000 each may be awarded. Third Sector

British land has gone out to consultation for the development of 600,000 sq. ft of office and leisure space on the site of Paddington Central’s rooftop Pergola food court. Property Week

A new chief executive has been appointed to the helm of housebuilders Keepmoat Homes. The new boss fills the role of deputy chief executive for the past year and succeeds James Thomson who has stepped down from the top job but remains a non-executive director of the board. Construction Index

Information technology and digitisation across the construction industry may take a further step forward on the heels of a whitepaper released by UK Construction Online. The publishers rue the fact that construction – along with agriculture – has been one of the few major economic sectors to seize the opportunities and benefits likely to be achieved through digitisation. UK Construction

An experienced construction director is being sought to oversee management of the site programme for Grenfell Tower – scene of the tragic fire that occurred in June of 2017. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is offering a salary of £100,000 per annum. Building

A Brexit emergency plan has been developed by the construction sector to help prepare for the end of free movement from the EU. Building After Brexit: An Action Plan for Industry highlights the need for the construction industry to adopt a twin-track strategy: develop a home-grown workforce to reduce reliance on immigrant labour; and keep lobbying government for construction industry exemptions. Construction Index

A complex of 181 one, two and three-bedroom apartments is to be built by Weston Homes on the site of the Assembly Buildings, at the Old Vinyl Factory, in north London. The development site once housed EMI’s record factory – where recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and other major bands were once pressed. Bdaily News

A panel of real estate experts have exchanged views on likely scenarios for the British property industry for 2019, as it responds to the imminent departure of the country from the EU. While noting the uncertainty, the panel noted that 2018 had nevertheless seen a buoyant real estate market in terms of domestic and foreign investment and housebuilding. Property Week

By concentrating solely on its construction-related activities, the Morgan Sindall group has claimed a surge in pre-tax profits of some 24% to post profits of £80.6 million, compared to £64.9 million in 2017. The Construction and Infrastructure wing of the group achieved an industry record increase of 32% in operating profits. Construction Index.