Quality sand from local sources
Sand is available from local pits, quarries and wharves. They are supplied by recognised producers and meet relevant Highways, Water Industry and British Standards Specifications.
Sand is composed of small grains of quartz rock known as silica, ranging from 0.06mm to 2.0mm in size. The distinctive colours of some sands is due to the presence of other minerals such as clay and iron.
Sand occurs naturally as drift deposits in marine or river locations. Some coarser sands a by-product of quarrying and rock-crushing.
Uniform sand comes in coarse (c), medium (m) or fine (f). Graded sand comes in a variety of grain sizes.
For general construction, there are two main categories of sand – building sand (soft sand) used for mortar and sharp sand used as a bedding material for paving.
Building sand (soft sand) is used to make mortar for brickwork and blockwork. Sharp sand is used as a bedding material for paving, block paving, slabs or screeding.
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Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. The composition of sand is highly variable, depending on the local rock sources and conditions, but the most common constituent of sand in inland settings and non-tropical coastal settings is silica (silicon dioxide, or SiO2), usually in the form of quartz.