Following in the wake of his Top Gear colleague James May; Richard Hammond is to star in a new engineering programme looking at the construction of some modern engineering marvels such as the Sydney Opera House, Millau Bridge and Wembley Stadium
Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections premiers on Monday September 7th at 9pm on the National Geographic channel
Each hour-long show sees Richard gain insight from engineers and experts as he investigates the incredible technologies involved in the construction of each structure. He’s also afforded unrivalled behind-the-scenes access, enabling him to walk across Wembley Stadium’s 7,000 tonne roof and climb down one of the 340 metre concrete pillars that support the magnificent Millau Bridge.
Wembley Stadium UK Premiere: Monday 7th September at 9pm
As famous for it’s striking 315 metre long arch as it is for the football that plays on the legendary turf, Wembley Stadium is an engineering masterpiece offering unobstructed views and amazing sound quality for 90,000 fans. Richard Hammond investigates how engineers had to keep enough echo to preserve the ‘Wembley Roar’ yet offer fantastic sound quality for world-famous music acts.
SydneyOpera House UK Premiere: Monday 14th September at 9pm
Richard Hammond stands atop one of the most recognisable buildings in the world which cost over AU$100 million. The build took 15 years and cost 1,400% over the original budget. Featuring archive footage from the 1960s, this second episode reveals how the architect’s sketch was reportedly plucked from the reject pile by one of the design competition jury and was transformed into concrete and glass through pioneering engineering techniques
HMS Illustrious UK Premiere: Monday 21st September at 9pm
Richard unpicks the engineering DNA of the British mighty aircraft carrier which cost over £2.4 billion. Part floating city, airport and battleship HMS Illustrious powers through the world’s seas at 30 knots using steam powered catapults to accelerate planes 1 to 240 km/h in three seconds.
Guggenheim Bilbao UK Premiere: Monday 28th September at 9pm
Legendary architect Frank Gehry designed the Guggenheim Bilbao which is one of the world’s most iconic buildings covering an astonishing 24,000m² made from 0.5mm thick titanium.
Millau Bridge UKPremiere: Monday 5th October at 9pm
Millau in southern France is home to the world’s tallest road bridge spanning a 2.5km valley at a maximum height of 343 metres – that’s taller than the Eiffel Tower, and certainly high enough to challenge Richard Hammond’s fear of heights. The bridge is an engineering masterpiece, allowing the metal to expand up to 1.2 metres in the summer heat.
Hong Kong International Airport UKPremiere: Monday 12th October at 9pm
Hong Kong’s busy airport hosts over 48 million passengers each year on reclaimed land forming a specially constructed island. Once completed the airport increased Hong Kong’s land mass by 1%. The design had to overcome potential threats relating to daily wind sheer and the occasional typhoon.