MMS Ltd provided the complete design, installation and commissioning of new piped Mechanical Services systems to the Officers Mess at MoD Gamecock Barracks.

The existing Officers Mess at Gamecock Barracks is a prestigious 2 storey characterful building constructed with many period internal features such as oak panelling and ornate plaster mouldings. The existing building had already been de-centralised from the sites district heating system via the addition of an external plantroom with modern gas fired condensing boilers, however the internal pipework was in a poor condition in places and the single pipe distribution system allowed energy to be wasted through heating areas that were only intermittently occupied. MMS were tasked by the client to provide a new building heating system that solved these efficiency and reliability problems, whilst remaining sympathetic to the building and its finishes.

MMS firstly carried out a detailed survey of the building to establish the locations, sizes and types of existing radiators to ensure that replacement radiators had minimal visual impact and were in keeping with existing period décor.

New pipe routes options were assessed carefully to keep as much of the new distribution pipework hidden as possible. MMS then discussed the operational and occupancy demands of the building with the client and the building users and proposed a new heating system with 7 independently time and temperature controlled Variable Temperature heating zones.

New radiators were selected that would maximise condensing operation of the new boilers, thereby realising a significant savings potential that was available from the new boiler plant. Pipework routes were carefully designed and installed to balance the load around the various circuits, thereby keeping pipe sizes to a minimum and reducing the visual impact as well as the cost. The new pipework circuits were concealed wherever possible, and in areas where pipes had no other option than to be exposed, particular attention was paid to maintaining a neat and tidy appearance.

The result of this attention to detail is that the client now enjoys a much more comfortable and controllable building, with lower operating costs and a greatly improved level of reliability that will serve its occupants for many years to come.


  • Detailed Site Survey
  • Building Load Calculations
  • Heating & Water Services Design
  • AutoCAD drawings
  • Removal of Existing Systems
  • LPHW Heating Installation
  • Hot & Cold Water Installation
  • Design & Installation of new Controls Interfaces
  • Testing & Commissioning
  • Servicing & Maintenance


Carillion Enterprise

MoD RPC Central



Project Value £250K

How we added value

MMS fully engaged with the client at the outset to understand their needs and concerns to ensure these were fully addressed by the design and installation. The design was optimised and value engineered to provide even heat distribution throughout whilst minimising installation cost and commissioning required. Works were carefully phased to minimise disruption during installation.