Established in Gateshead in 1877 and still owned today by the Richardson family, James Burrell continues to provide a comprehensive concentration of experience and expertise in the supply of heavyside materials. As the North Easts leading independent merchant, covering a geographical trading area from the Scottish Borders down to South Yorkshire, our aim is to provide the very best service and products available.

Our eight strategically placed branches at Sunderland, Blyth, Newcastle, Gateshead, Bishop Auckland, Stockton, York and Ossett were selected to best serve local, regional and national based contractors along with house builders and their sub-contractors working in our region. We offer a full range of building & timber products and systems to our customers available on a next day delivery basis. These strategic locations allow our fleet of heavy goods vehicles to deliver over 350 tonnes of material, first drop each morning and over 1000 tonnes in total each day.

We provide our customers with the comfort of dealing with a Contract Merchant but with the added benefit of regional knowledge and strong levels of coverage and service giving the preferred route to market for many key manufacturers.


Builders Merchant

Civils Merchant                                   Insulation & Drylining Merchant

Timber Merchant                                Brick Merchant

Contract Merchant                            Self-Build Merchant

Product Managers                             Key Accounts Team