Abandoned Engineering: Series 1
The series explores how and why they were built, consider the financial and social costs of their failure and examine the environmental and ecological impacts. The series also explores how experts came up with plans to make something beautiful or useful from the ruins.
Part 1: Silent Cities
We explore the world’s strangest engineering projects that created empty silent cities. We ask why a ruined cold war air base has become a no-go area and how a tiny Japanese mining island become the most over-crowded place on the planet
Part 2: Mission Space
We aim for the stars and find out why unwanted battleship guns allow the United States to gain vital information about the borders of space. We ask how the shattered remains of a secret Nazi base became the first on the path to a new world, with the development of the ground-breaking V2 rocket
Part 3: Lost Bridges
We travel high into the mountains of the Colorado Desert to find out why a hidden engineering masterpiece could disappear at any time. We ask why a stretch of overgrown concrete in a Czech reservoir is known as ‘Hitler’s bridge’.
Part 4: Ghost Ships
Hear about some once-great triumphs of marine engineering, now left to rust. A ship graveyard in Maryland has been colonised by wildlife. And we go inside a Cold War sub.
Part 5: Quest for Power
Hear about some disused structures that were once at the forefront of power supply, including Kelenfold Power Station in Budapest and Wardenclyffe Tower in New York.
Part 6: Road to Nowhere
Hear how a crumbling hill in the Peak District and dunes in California caused the closure of two roads. Learn why a route used by the French Resistance shut in 2003.