Construction Aggregates in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset
W H Berry & Son specialise in the supply and delivery of a full range of aggregate materials across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. Our extensive range of materials includes all types of sand, ballasts, top soils and shingles.
With more than 90 years' experience, our friendly team of experts will help you select the correct material and quantity for your project. Our helpful advice will include guidance on the often complex area of measurements and conversions.
Once the correct material and quantity has been established, we will provide any day delivery in one of our high quality tipper trucks. With a team of friendly and professional drivers, we guarantee to provide safe and prompt delivery of all materials to your location.
As part of our supply service we provide:
Free estimates and advice on materials
Help with calculations and measurements
High quality trucks with calibrated beds
Any day delivery service to any area
Collection service from our yard
Loose bulk delivery
Our extensive supply of materials includes:
Red self binding path gravel
Play pit sands
Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. A 0-2 mm screened building sand with a clay content of 10% is widely used for mixing with cement to make mortar for bricklaying. Most building sands are not washed but only screened. The colour and texture varies,depending on the region it is sourced from. We supply as many as thirty different sands. Application/uses: mortar.
Concreting sand is a course aggregate for the production of concrete of predictable high strength and durability with uniform appearance. Applications/uses: floor sands, block paving and horticultural purposes.
Washed Plast Sand
Washed sands are 99% silica lignite free and suitable for external rendering. Since the product is washed and classified it is free from clay and silts and will not crack in the frost.
Shingle consists of various angular and rounded stones that have been washed to remove fines and passed over various screens to produce the size required. Sizes range from 6mm, 10mm, 20mm, 40mm and 40mm plus. There are many colour variations depending on the area of extraction. Applications/uses: driveways, pathways, pipe bedding and hard landscaping.
Buff Cotswold chippings
Supplied in 10mm or 20mm, Cotswold chippings are a creamy buff coloured limestone angular in shape. Because it is a softer stone the edges tend to snap encouraging it to lock into itself, providing a tight bound finish unlike loose shingle. An alternative is Cotswold water park shingle that is naturally rounder and flatter. Applications/uses: driveways, paths, hard landscaping
Recycled aggregates are produced from demolition material, then crushed, screened and/or washed. Can provide cost saving over primary aggregates. Application/uses: road making, drainage, pipe bedding.
Recycled Crushed Concrete
Recycled crushed concrete is defined as recycled aggregate principally comprising crushed concrete derived from the demolition industry. Careful selection is necessary, so quality can vary markedly. Application/uses: road making, sub-bases.
100% natural, silvery fine, soft sand suitable for childrens play areas as a play surface or activity areas or sand pits. Also used for equestrian purposes. Since it is washed and a neutral colour it does not stain clothing.
This is a popular amenity pine woodbark that we collect from a saw mill.There is huge variety available including playground bark and ornamental.We also supply wood chips for garden paths.
Hoggin is an "as dug gravel" ie. dug and loaded straight onto a lorry without any screening or washing process. It often contains stones as large as 125mm and is a mixture of gravel, sand, silt and clay. Compacts to produce a hard wearing surface. It is ginger in colour but fades with weathering. Applications/uses: road-building, sub-bases.
Red Binding Path Gravel
A traditional 30mm clay bound gravel that is produced by screening hoggin. It has been produced in Hampshire for many years and provides an attractive well compacted finish. Applications/uses: pathways, drives.
Often confused with Type 1, scalpings are supplied in 40mm and 75mm sizes. It must be stressed that it is sold as a waste product and as a result quality can vary hugely. In contrast to Type 1, scalpings has a higher clay content that in adverse weather conditions can prove troublesome. However, it binds its stones better than Type 1 which is a benefit under loose shingles. Applications/uses: road building, parking areas, pot holes.
Often referred to as MoT Type 1, is a Department of Transport approved granular sub-base. Type 1 can be derived from other rocks such as Granite or Basalt. It is very stable and in wet weather conditions will let water drain through it. Application/uses: sub-base for Tarmac, block paving and general road building.
Consists of a mixture of sand and gravel to create a course aggregate, 20mm ballast is the standard aggregate for mixing concrete. Widely used in construction and domestic applications. For a finer finish a 10mm ballast can be used. Applications/uses: concrete floors, slabs, foundations.
HINTS AND TIPS FOR SPREADING YOUR MATERIALS
When spreading shingle on driveways or paths try to avoid the Brighton beach effect. If the spread is too deep then you may find yourself wading through the shingle.
When calculating the depth for 10m pea shingle, aim for 1 inch depth. For 20m shingle, aim for 1.5 inches depth.
If you are using a vibratory plate or roller on very damp or wet binding material, avoid over-vibration as this will draw up the fats to the surface and in effect push the large stones to the bottom, leaving a muddy jelly-like surface that can take months to settle.
When using any binding material in a period of very dry weather, one ideally needs a 15% moisture content. The best way to judge this is to grab a handful and form a cricket ball like shape in your hands. If you open your palms out flat and the ball like shape collapses you need to add more water. Further to that, add water to the heap before spreading so that the binding material and stones stay combined.
When levelling a binding material make sure you invert the rake to prevent all the stone being drawn to the surface, in effect causing a bony surface with few fines.
WHAT DOES A TONNE OF MATERIAL LOOK LIKE?
At W H Berry & Son, we are often asked what a tonne of material looks like. These comparisons may give you an idea of the volume of a tonne of material:
IN TERMS OF YOUR AVERAGE WHEELBARROW:
In terms of your average wheelbarrow:
1 wheelbarrow X 20 = 1 tonne
In broad builders shovels:
1 shovel X 100 = 1 tonne
Don't forget that most builders' merchant bulk bags do not contain as much as 1 tonne. often, most contain about 700kg.