Case Study

Chord Engineering played a pivotal role in upgrading the medical imaging capabilities of the Royal Free Hospital. The project involved installing state-of-the-art MRI scanners, gamma cameras, and x-ray machines, significantly improving diagnostic imaging quality and patient care.


  • To install advanced MRI scanners and gamma cameras, enhancing scanning and imaging capacity.
  • To integrate new x-ray machines that produce clearer images using less radiation.
  • To propose and implement a solution for reducing the hospital's energy usage.


  • The project was a race against time to restore full operational capacity to the hospital's suites.
  • Interruptions and delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the project timeline.
  • Adapting to new infection control requirements and managing supply chain delays.
  • The need to balance technological upgrades with energy efficiency and environmental considerations.

Actions Taken

  • Chord Engineering efficiently managed the installation of MRI scanners, gamma cameras, and x-ray machines.
  • The team demonstrated flexibility and adherence to strict infection control guidelines during the pandemic.
  • A proactive approach was taken to address energy efficiency at the hospital, leading to a significant proposal for energy savings.


  • The installation of advanced medical equipment led to an increase in scanning and imaging capacity, reduced waiting times, and improved diagnostic imaging quality.
  • The heart attack center of the hospital benefitted from the new x-ray machines, enhancing its capability to serve over one million people in North London.
  • A lighting control system was proposed and implemented, aiming to reduce the hospital’s energy usage by up to 50%.


Chord Engineering's work at the Royal Free Hospital demonstrates their expertise in managing complex healthcare projects, especially in challenging environments like the COVID-19 pandemic. Their ability to adapt, comply with new requirements, and persevere ensured the successful completion of the project. Moreover, their initiative to propose and implement energy-saving solutions highlights their commitment to sustainability and enhancing patient care.

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