Our Story

Chandler Material Supplies is a 3rd generation family owned builders merchant, operating out of a 3 acre site in Widford, Chelmsford.

The business was started by the current owners’ Grandfather in the 1950’s, who was a post-war builder in the local area. He acquired a plot to store his materials on and began to sell these to other builders as well as building houses. In the 1970’s his sons joined the business, and in the 1980’s and 90’s members of the 3rd generation joined, with the business’ size and appeal growing throughout. Today the business provides building, plumbing and bathroom supplies to the trade and general public, employing 35 staff with over 200 years’ experience between them.

Our Values

The business holds traditional family values at the heart of its culture, supporting and supplying 100’s of local builders with building materials through good times and bad. The business prides itself on stock reliability and customer service, regularly going the extra mile to help customers where required, supported by knowledgeable and approachable staff.

Chandler Materials is a family run, local and independent builder’s merchant, which has been serving the people of Essex since the 1950’s. With an extensive range of building materials from major manufacturers, advice and product information is always available. Trained telephone personnel are available to process your orders for immediate collection or via our reliable delivery service.

Our Site

Chandler Materials are renowned for stock reliability and service combining the range of prices of a major supplier with friendly service of a local merchant.

At Chandler Materials we have;

  • Ample car parking and easy access at a great location
  • A bathroom showroom
  • A new and improved landscape / patio display
  • A brick and tile library, and brick matching service.




With over 30 years’ experience at Chandlers, Rob Howes has a great understanding of how we help support today’s builders.

Spending his first 5 years working on site building houses, Rob has first hand experience of the challenges faced by today’s trades. Following this Rob spent 25 years’ driving our HGV crane lorries, delivering and talking to customers every day. This day to day contact with customers, seeing exactly what goes on on site, means he understands what is needed to keep our customers working, and has given him the drive and passion to help our local trades get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. At the end of the day, the sooner our customer can get one job finished and paid, the sooner they need materials for the next.


Contact Rob at [email protected] or call the sales office on 01245 352650 (opt1) to book a site visit.