Works Begin...

…on Bessemer Park (previously Peel Logistics Park). The development has been re-named in homage to Sir Henry Bessemer, whose steel-making process would become the most important technique for making steel for near on a century, from 1856 to 1950. Bessemer was one of the most significant innovators of the Second Industrial Revolution and a key player in establishing the town of Sheffield as a major industrial centre.

Phase 1 is due for completion Q4 of 2019.

Southend YMCA

Michael Sparks Associates have been working with Landaid to provide ProBono architectural services to Southend YMCA and develop a brief for their building project. During the feasibility stages MSA prepared a number of design proposals to improve the existing facilities at Southend YMCA that will improve the efficiency in the operation of the organisation and deliver a better space for its users.

The work provided by MSA so far has saved Southend YMCA an estimated £9,000 and 10 days towards their property study.

Southend YMCA has given a 5-star rating for the service that both LandAid and MSA provided, and said “the meetings and workshops they facilitated helped us to form a brief and conjoin competing demands.. MSA had a very inclusive approach to architecture. This ensure the feasibility study…met the needs of homeless young people (for accommodation and ancillary space) and staff delivery needs”.

MSA will continue to offer support and services to Southend YMCA to assist them in achieving the building they need.

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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.




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.