A Cambridgeshire-based construction company, owned by former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James, has begun work on a new petrol station in Soham.

James Construction and Developments Ltd was formed in 2015 and this is its first project, supported by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

The new petrol station and convenience store is located on a one-and-a-half-acre site just off the A142 on The Shade roundabout and will comprise of a 1900 sq. ft. retail space to include M&S Simply Food and a Wild Bean Café.

The BP-branded forecourt will have four pump islands, two jet washes and an automatic car wash. Once developed, ownership will transfer to another group company, James Graven and Sons Ltd, that has entered into a lease with BP. This will be the fifth petrol station owned by James Graven and Sons Ltd and its third to be leased to BP.

James Construction and Developments Ltd was able to kick-start the 15-week build schedule following funding from Lloyds Bank and the site will be open before Christmas.

Jonathan James said: “Soham has experienced significant growth over recent years and is now a hotspot for opportunities. The new petrol station will provide much needed facilities for local residents and motorists alike.

“We have enjoyed a continued relationship with Lloyds Bank and the team fully understand what we are trying to achieve and we look forward to working with them again on future projects as we continue to grow.”

Richard Todd, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “James Construction and Developments Ltd has responded to the growing need for a new petrol station and convenience store, underlining its commitment to the area.

“This project brings a brand new forecourt to the region as well as creating 25 new jobs and giving a boost to the local economy. We are committed to supporting mid-market sized businesses like James Construction and Developments Ltd and providing lending options to suit their needs.”