News

IAS AWARDS

2018

MSA’s scheme for Prologis in West London has won the Industrial Agents Society 2018 award for the Best Deal of the Year 75,000 to 250,000 sq ft. Prologis Park DC1 & DC2 were let to Virtus Data Centres.

We also congratulate our highly esteemed clients, Mountpark, for winning Best Developer of the Year. Well deserved! We are proud to have been involved in Southampton & Bardon.  

MSA 30 Years

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Michael Sparks Associates since establishing in 1988. It has been a great journey through the years, incorporating three recessions and a massive growth in industrial / warehousing, that has resulted in the successful practice that we are today.

Three decades of experience in the industrial and warehouse market has produced a substantial portfolio of work. Well over 700 buildings have been completed for many different occupiers and developers, ranging in size from 500 sqft to 2.4 million sqft (totalling upwards of 65 million sqft). In 2017 alone we completed 24 projects for occupiers and developers totalling 5.5 million sqft.

Our commitment to quality, value and service is reflected in our continually well-designed, practical solutions that not only look good, but are operationally excellent. Over the years, many of our designs have been shortlisted or won IAS awards in various categories, illustrating MSA's extensive involvement in the industry.

Our success in the development sector is of course down to the team and our highly experienced architects who continue to keep ahead of changing technologies, the increasing complexity and requirements of planning challenges, and the demands of our well established clients.

Thank you to clients and past and present members of the team that have made a part of MSA's history.

 

PEEL LOGISTICS

PARK, SHEFFIELD

MSA has successfully secured planning for a new logistics/industrial hub in Sheffield, creating up to 77,850sqm of high quality logistics premises (B8/B2/B1 use). Sheffield City Council’s Planning Committee voted 9-1 to approve the hybrid planning application on the former Outokumpu and previously British Steel site.

The hybrid application consists of Phase 1 (full application) Erection of 2 units - 16,615 sq m of B1c/B2/B8 floorspace and provision of associated access and landscaping; Phase 2 (Outline application) Details of access for up to 61,230 sq m of B1c/B2/B8 floorspace.

The proposals will deliver a design led urban logistics and industrial regeneration on one of the largest sites in Sheffield,  a flagship for industrial floorspace in the area. The project will create a wide range of job opportunities via the development of the new multi-let logistics park, and aims to contribute wide-ranging environmental improvements to the site and the wider area.

Phase 1 is programmed to start on site December 2018.

MSA retains The Planet Mark™

certification for 4th consecutive year 

 
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MSA has retained The Planet Mark™ Certification after cutting its total operational carbon footprint by 13% in 2016-17, compared to the previous year.

The Planet Mark™ Certificate recognises MSA's good practice in sustainability, including: 

  • measuring carbon emissions from electricity, fleet, water and travel
  • cutting its total carbon footprint by 13%
  • Reducing its electricity emissions by 18%
  • investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change 
  • storing 260 tCO2e by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth 
  • committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvements.

MSA has set a further 5% carbon reduction target for its next annual reporting period.

Presenting the award, founder of The Planet Mark™ Steve Malkin, said: “The team at MSA has been relentless in reducing its carbon emissions. MSA is a great example of how sustainability becomes a way of doing business and that ongoing carbon reduction is something we can all achieve.”

 

Planning Permission

Granted for exemplar scheme

The former Nestle site has recently received planning permission for a joint venture between Barratt London and SEGRO PLC to provide a mixed use development with 1,381 new homes and 22,700 sqm of employment space.

MSA has worked closely with the housing architects and the scheme includes new cladding systems, retention and restoration of the eastern Truscon elevation of the original Wallis Gilbert Factory, and extensive improvements to the Grand Union Canal.

The scheme has been described as exemplar by the Greater London Authority seeing the intensification of both housing and employment in close proximity, and we expect the employment buildings to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.