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Can you bulk buy aggregates online, and which types are available?

Did you know aggregates are the most mined materials in the world. Also, according to the most recent statistics, the south west has the second largest consumption of aggregates in England, equating to 19 per cent of the total sale of aggregates (Aggregate Minerals Survey for England and Wales 2014). 

In this article, we break down what aggregates are, the most popular aggregates AMS (Avon Materials Supplies) supply and what applications each of the aggregates are commonly used for. You will also find guidance on the easy ways to order the aggregate you need from AMS.

What are aggregates?

Aggregates are a granular material used in construction, groundworks and home renovations and are often grouped as either;

  • Primary 
  • Recycled 
  • Decorative

The most commonly used aggregates include sands, gravel, shingles and crushed rocks. Although many aggregates are used for filling and capping purposes, there are a number of them, such as topsoil, shingle and cobblestones that are used as an end (decorative finish) product.

Our aggregates are available to all. For example, during the lockdown, we saw an influx in individuals buying aggregates for various home projects such as patio alterations for hot tubs, bases for garden offices and decorative pathways.

To learn more about the type of home projects where you would need to bulk buy aggregates, read our article: What are the best recycled aggregates for your lockdown project.

What are the most popular aggregates AMS (Avon Materials Supplies) supply?

At AMS, we stock and supply a complete range of aggregates, which can either be collected from our site near Wimborne in Dorset or delivered to you using a grab or tipper truck.

For your convenience all of our aggregates can be supplied in loose loads or bulk bags. For more information, please call 01202 579579.

Read on to discover our most popular aggregates:

All in ballast

A premix of washed gravel and coarse sand, all in ballast is typically used in foundations, hard standings and building bases. The ballast comes in 10 & 20mm either as a loose load or in a bulk bag.

Buy all in ballast online >>

Building sand

Our high-quality building sand is ideal for many purposes including making concrete and mortar, pointing and bricklaying. Using our own fleet of tipper and grab trucks we can deliver between 1-20 tonnes of building sand in a single trip.

Buy building sand online >>

All our loose aggregates are sold by the tonne. If you are unsure about how much you will need, please contact a member of our team who will be able to assist you.

Top soil alternative

Our affordable topsoil alternative is used extensively by top landscapers for creating plant beds, repairing lawn damage, turfing and improving drainage. We can deliver our manufactured soil throughout Poole, Bournemouth and all BH postcodes. Deliveries are made between 7am and 5pm and if you are not at home our drivers can place the material in a convenient location on your property.

Buy topsoil alternative online >>

Sharp sand (grit)

Our sharp washed sand (grit), as with almost all of our most popular materials is a recycled product, it has various uses that include mixing with aggregate to produce concrete, laying block paving and garden aeration when mixed with compost. 

Buy sharp sand online >>

If you need to bulk buy any of our aggregates, they can be delivered in bulk bags that measure approximately 90cm x 90cm x 90cm and hold around 900Kg of material.

Type 1 limestone

Type 1 limestone is a primary aggregate that is most commonly used as a sub-base for highways, car parks, footpaths, driveways, hardstandings, patio areas and building bases. For inspiration and expert advice on garden renovations read our article here >>.

Buy type 1 limestone online >>

Washed shingle

Our 10, 20 & 40mm washed shingle can be used in many applications, which include; mixing with concrete sand and cement to make a strong fine-textured concrete (10 and 20mm only), drainage, driveways, pathways and general landscaping. Shingle can be delivered either by grab lorry or on one of our tipper trucks. 

Buy washed shingle online >>

If you’ve never used a tipper truck before, you may find yourself with questions that need answering. See our Tipper Truck FAQ’s for more information.

If you are unsure about the best aggregate for your next project or how much to purchase, please contact our team on 01202 579579 for further advice and samples of our aggregates. 

Our new online store is the most convenient way to order a range of bulk buy recycled and primary aggregates online.

Reasons to bulk buy aggregates

If you find that you’re in need of aggregate supplies, AMS bulk buy aggregates are a great way to get larger amounts of sand, gravel and other aggregates to your site or home. As well as convenience, here are some other reasons why bulk buy aggregates may be the perfect solution for you:

  • Aggregates are cheaper when purchased in bulk. See our prices today.
  • By ordering more you can reduce the number of deliveries you require and possibly compete the job quicker
  • The 900kg bulk bags we use are extremely strong and resistant to the weather so can be stored outside for a fairly long period of time. Also, if suitable machinery is available onsite, the bags can be easily moved around to be positioned where they are needed to avoid extra work and time delays. 

Delivery or collection of your bulk buy aggregates

Our grab lorries and tipper trucks can deliver between 1-20 tonnes in a single trip and we can even leave your aggregates in a designated place on-site (assuming we can safely reach the desired location) or at your home if you are not available to receive the delivery of the aggregates yourself. For more details about our delivery options, please call the team on 012020 579579 or send them an email at

Aggregates in bulk bags must be pre-ordered. This is essential because we only place aggregates in bags on the day of collection to ensure the material remains of the highest quality. Call 01202 579579 to order a bulk bag collection.

Orders and further help

To order any of our aggregates, please call 012020 579579 or visit our webshop. If you require any further help to be able to place an order, our friendly team is available Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm. They can be contacted over the phone, via online chat or by emailing

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  • BH2 – Bournemouth Centre, West Cliff
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