TV star Richard Hammond highlights big work of Sheffield engineering firm on national television

The work of a Sheffield engineering company in designing and installing the world’s first dividing and retractable sports pitch at one of England’s largest football stadia is going ‘Big’ on national television.
SCX Project Director Danny Pickard. Photo by Mark HarveySCX Project Director Danny Pickard. Photo by Mark Harvey
SCX Project Director Danny Pickard. Photo by Mark Harvey

Television personality and former ‘Top Gear’ star Richard Hammond learns about the unique pitch engineering at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in this week’s episode of his Discovery Channel series. ‘Richard Hammond’s Big’.

He explores the pitch that splits and rolls away, designed by SCX, which is based at Wincobank, as well as taking a walk on the stadium roof.

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He also looks at the many aspects of the 62,000 seater stadium, including the pitch, the roof and the south stand.

He is also shown crawling under the retractable pitch and driving all three trays under the south stand, in preparation for the first ever NFL matches to be held at the stadium.

Richard said on the show: “It's the biggest thing I’ve ever driven. The series explores how engineers build, maintain and use superstructures. It is massively fun and exciting.”

Richard also meets the unsung heroes behind their development and delves into the science, research and expertise required.

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He met SCX Project Director Danny Pickard and the Special Projects team of Paul Bettison, Mark Hollis, Bryan Robinson and Sam Watts.

Danny told him it was one of the company’s biggest projects, and one of the quickest in terms of delivery timescales.

He added: “It has been a phenomenal success, and within a very tight timescale ​​​​.”

The episode will air on the Discovery Channel tomorrow, February 19, at 9pm.