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This is the most interesting roof in London.

  • Publicado em 4 Set 2022
  • The @Royal Albert Hall is 150 years old; the roof is 600 tonnes of glass and steel. And it turns out that there's a terrifying technicians' trampoline, acoustic-dampening mushrooms, and a complete lack of connections.
    Thanks to everyone at the Royal Albert Hall: www.royalalberthall.com/
    Camera by Jamie MacLeod www.jamiemacleod.co.uk/
    Aerial operations by Phil Conrad and Freddie Conrad from Photodrones www.photodrones.com
    Edited by Taran van Hemert brclip.com/user/taranvh
    (The Royal Albert Hall is within the Hyde Park no-fly-zone. Drone operations were specially permitted and approved by the aviation authorities.)
    I'm at tomscott.com
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Comentários • 3 404

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  23 dias atrás +11756

    I wish I'd had a bit more time up on the mesh, to get used to it - but we had to be finished by the time rehearsals for the day started!

    • Corndog Requiem
      Corndog Requiem 2 dias atrás

      I can't do heights, even the balloon go-pro vid made my stomach churn

    • Daniel L
      Daniel L 3 dias atrás

      @Ben Garcia how safe are those? They look flimsy af but the technician was jumping on them just fine

    • عبد لله بن عبد لله
      عبد لله بن عبد لله 9 dias atrás

      ⚠️ God has said in the Quran:
      🔵 { O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous - ( 2:21 )
      🔴 [He] who made for you the earth a bed [spread out] and the sky a ceiling and sent down from the sky, rain and brought forth thereby fruits as provision for you. So do not attribute to Allah equals while you know [that there is nothing similar to Him]. ( 2:22 )
      🔵 And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful. ( 2:23 )
      🔴 But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.( 2:24 )
      🔵 And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, "This is what we were provided with before." And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally. ( 2:25 )
      ⚠️ Quran

    • José Encarnação
      José Encarnação 12 dias atrás

      Next video: Getting an expert to train you in order to remove your fear of heights forever, if there's someone like that.

    • Chronic Disease
      Chronic Disease 12 dias atrás

      Meshuggah just played there a few weeks ago

  • bigclivedotcom
    bigclivedotcom 20 dias atrás +2934

    Tension grids are great once you get used to the idea of walking on air. Actually really practical for gaining easy access to lights.

    • Drew
      Drew Dia atrás

      @sauercrowder tie it to your belt

    • EdgyShooter
      EdgyShooter 6 dias atrás

      Great to see you hear Big Clive!

    • PrebleStreetRecords
      PrebleStreetRecords 10 dias atrás +1

      @sauercrowder Everyone has their tools on lanyards for stage lighting. I used to use old curly phone cords.

    • Will Stephens
      Will Stephens 13 dias atrás +1

      We had them in my high school theater, we would focus parcans straight through them for wash lighting

    • Arthur Two Sheds Jackson
      Arthur Two Sheds Jackson 14 dias atrás +1

      @bigclivedotcom I climbed to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral back in August. Very high up and I’ve been up the Shard and Sky Gardens aka the Walkie Talkie, but I don’t think I’ll be walking out onto that.

  • Luisa Bannister
    Luisa Bannister 19 dias atrás +598

    I feel your "this completely illogical" statement Tom. I am a civil engineer. I know how over built bridges are. I still can't walk on anything like glass where I can see down.

    • Ravi Matharu
      Ravi Matharu 9 dias atrás

      @EngineeringVision its not the fall that kills you...

    • EarlOfEasycore
      EarlOfEasycore 10 dias atrás +3

      ... until you have an metallurgist/structural integrity engineer questioning the critical defect size and defect tolerance to fast fracture. I'd be up there thinking "wrought iron... nice... what's its transition temperature and how much corrosion has it suffered"
      It's before flying, I say to people, especially nervous fliers that all these rivets act as crack arrestors 🤣🤣

    • Genoob
      Genoob  13 dias atrás +3

      @Buddy Clem worded it like it was nothing but a mild annoyance lmao

    • IcemanFPV
      IcemanFPV 13 dias atrás +1

      Its not completely illogical if you consider MI5 blowdarting the Queen through the mesh roof haha.

    • Buddy Clem
      Buddy Clem 14 dias atrás +14

      @Davil Heating up several thousand degrees as you break the speed of sound must be decidedly unpleasant too.

  • SC
    SC 18 dias atrás +421

    So what you're saying, is that every director that has made a scene of London being destroyed by some natural disaster has missed a golden opportunity to show the roof of the Royal Albert Hall being lifted off and cartwheeling through the city? Or maybe they have and now I know to look for it.

  • Emma S
    Emma S 20 dias atrás +1077

    Hello Theatre Lighting Technician here,
    Wire tension grids are a god send! I always feel so much safer and more confident when rigging and focusing from a wire tension grid as opposed to ladders or harness work or more traditional common place grids that are just iron beams with gaps big enough for your foot to slip through. Wire tension grids I’ve worked on in the past have had huge signs up that say “THIS IS NOT A TRAMPOLINE!” however…
    Fantastic video! Thank you for making it and thanks Royal Albert Hall for the backstage tour!

    • PrebleStreetRecords
      PrebleStreetRecords 10 dias atrás

      Agreed. Tension grids are so nice, I wish more of the places I worked had them.

    • Rob Nugen
      Rob Nugen 12 dias atrás +1

      I was wondering about the trampoline aspect of it.
      He's saying it's utterly safe and won't fall, so let's bounce!!

    • Laine Dore
      Laine Dore 16 dias atrás +9

      dare you to add a sign to every grid that says ' This is 'probably' not a trampoline''

    • David McGraw
      David McGraw 17 dias atrás +29

      ​@EngineeringVision Falling is easy; it is the landing part that is hard.

    • EngineeringVision
      EngineeringVision 17 dias atrás +21

      @David McGraw I'm not scared of heights, I'm only scared of realistic prospects of falling down.

  • Steets
    Steets 20 dias atrás +18497

    The engineer saying that most people, including the fire brigade, just hold his hand to get across the mesh, and then JUMPING on the mesh to prove its safety is awesome.

    • John C Ray
      John C Ray 11 dias atrás

      @Butla z gazem propan-butan 11kg or the wind turbine.

    • John C Ray
      John C Ray 11 dias atrás

      I chuckled when he said "even the fire brigade". The imagery is priceless.

    • Dudemon
      Dudemon 15 dias atrás +3

      And my mind immediately jumps to the guy who threw himself against the glass window in his office to demonstrate to visitors how strong it was. It didn't break. It popped out, and he fell about 30 floors (IIRC) to his death.

    • Laine Dore
      Laine Dore 16 dias atrás +1

      I soooo want to do that walk ... no hand holding

    • H B
      H B 16 dias atrás

      @Imperial Commissar Over-confidence often leads to complacency.

  • der Sascha
    der Sascha 19 dias atrás +423

    In Düsseldorf, Germany, there is an art installation that gives you the feeling of this place. It is called "in Orbit" and consists of a steel net placed at a height of 25 meters. It can be found in the official art exhibition "K21" of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Have fun, it‘s great…

    • lies damnlies
      lies damnlies 17 dias atrás +1

      No. No I don’t think I will.

    • Siana Gearz
      Siana Gearz 17 dias atrás +5

      Damn dude you should have told us while we had 9€ tickets!

    • Vráťa
      Vráťa 18 dias atrás +1

      is it still there? found some articles that said it was only until end of 2015

    • Jakob van Klinken
      Jakob van Klinken 18 dias atrás +5

      it was absolutely terrifying! Great tip

    • MicroDisturbia
      MicroDisturbia 18 dias atrás +1

      i live there

  • George Owen
    George Owen 19 dias atrás +113

    As an orchestral musician I've played in many amazing spaces, including the Royal Albert Hall, but I always zone out in the rests and end up gazing at the roofs of many places, wondering what goes on. Now I have one of the many concert halls ticked off!

    • Umbrella
      Umbrella 16 dias atrás +6

      What is your opinion on the acoustics there?

  • xXsimonsXx
    xXsimonsXx 19 dias atrás +78

    I love how Tom gets terrified of walking in the mesh and then the cameraman is just chilling there, already standing on it

    • A Olson
      A Olson 15 dias atrás +3

      Well, the cameraman never looked down!

  • Karin [CAR-in, not CARE-en]
    Karin [CAR-in, not CARE-en] 20 dias atrás +173

    I feel like your rope-walking training came into play there the moment you looked down and saw the beam. There definitely looked to be a part of your brain going "oh yes, this part, I know how to do this" as you carefully placed your feet on it just like you were taught. Well done, Tom.

  • Maxx McGee
    Maxx McGee 20 dias atrás +17499

    Kudos to the camera guy who was walking on the mesh too. With no free hands.

    • Dominik V
      Dominik V 21 hora atrás

      Maybe it was a Drone 😅

    • Adam Grimsley
      Adam Grimsley 2 dias atrás


    • Ethan Roberts
      Ethan Roberts 4 dias atrás


    • MRNH
      MRNH 9 dias atrás

      Absolutely! Camera crew never get the recognition they deserve. 🙌🏼

    • Samuel Blake
      Samuel Blake 13 dias atrás

      @Terry I forgot about this 60's - 70's LEGEND and NATIONAL HERO! Thank you for reminding me! HE ROCKS!!!!

  • Mike
    Mike 17 dias atrás +43

    Victorian engineering at its pinnacle. I wish more people would acknowledge the workers that constructed these amazing buildings.

    • Ordinary Tree
      Ordinary Tree 8 dias atrás +1

      And how many people died either building it or handling and mining and manufacturing the steel.

  • Waaaltz
    Waaaltz 20 dias atrás +83

    I like how Tom's confidence quickly drops from 100 to 0 as soon as he looked down.
    I would definitely feel the same because I have fear of Heights as well.

  • The Michael Orbit Demos
    The Michael Orbit Demos 20 dias atrás +74

    With all the negativity and crap happening around us, can we all take a moment to acknowledge the world needs more Tom Scotts. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar - love your work.

  • jimjimsauce
    jimjimsauce 19 dias atrás +63

    i remember climbing around this thing in assassins creed syndicate! so cool to see it in the modern day, and to learn about what the building does! (in the game the interior was still under construction)

  • Keith Hearn
    Keith Hearn 20 dias atrás +1723

    I love how Tom isn't afraid to, well, be afraid on camera. I think it's one of the reasons he has such a great following. He feels more like a friend than a celebrity.

    • Ben Townsend
      Ben Townsend Dia atrás +1

      Full respect to his work and how interesting many of his videos are but he does seem like a bit of a wet wipe when it comes to heights and the like

    • Keiya
      Keiya 16 dias atrás

      @Stephen Holtom we laugh because even if we haven't done that exact thing, all of us have done something we found terrifying like that, and it's relatably human

    • Atanalo
      Atanalo 17 dias atrás +2

      Parasocial relationship alert!

    • peterviegal166
      peterviegal166 20 dias atrás +1

      He amps it up a bit for the camera.

    • Jason Dashney
      Jason Dashney 20 dias atrás +2

      The truly courageous are the ones that are terrified and do it anyway. I have more respect for that than the person who can just casually do the same thing.

  • GlueAndPaperGuy Papercraft
    GlueAndPaperGuy Papercraft 19 dias atrás +28

    Tom, your courage knows no bounds. Climbed a grain silo once. Coolest thing I had done in my life up to then. Looked over the edge before climbing down. There seemed infinite space between me and a hard stop. “Look at the ladder, look at the ladder…” Took me a while to latch on and swing over. Well done, You!

    • danielspoon1234
      danielspoon1234 6 dias atrás

      Climbed down a cliff on a 200m volcanic plug once and had to encourage the others that theyll be fine once where back at the top because we were like 30m above anything else on a rocky ledge
      Should add that im the one thats scared of heights, i jist love the vertigo rush lmfaoooo

  • Daniel Wilson
    Daniel Wilson 9 dias atrás +4

    "Terrifying Technicians' Trampoline" is a deeply glorious phrase. Well stated, Tom.

  • Dan Jenkins
    Dan Jenkins 12 dias atrás +5

    Love it. Saw the thumbnail of a tension grid and said "oh, Tom's visiting a theatre". Tension grids are fantastic and yes they do take a little getting used too, but once you realize that there is a crazy amount of safety and engineering that have gone into the design the fear just goes away.

  • Chaos Ordeal
    Chaos Ordeal 20 dias atrás +13

    I worked lights for a theater, and though I had a similar, almost crippling fear, like Tom does here, I found that in just a couple of trips to the roof, my fear had largely evaporated. I suspect that Tom would find much the same thing if he returned to the net for a few minutes every day for a couple of days.

  • Xan
    Xan 20 dias atrás +9294

    If it’s not permanently attached, does that make it technically a lid?

    • Me
      Me 15 horas atrás +1

      @Filip Nalepa Well it takes 16.1 cubic feet of helium to lift 1 pound. The roof is 600 tons (1,200,000lbs). So 1,200,000 x 16.1 = 19,320,000 cubic feet of helium. So using some bro-science you'd need a balloon about 335ft in diameter to lift it which would be larger than the hall itself

    • Fich
      Fich 12 dias atrás

      You're right, but you're outta line, buddy.

    • Mariano Madrigal
      Mariano Madrigal 13 dias atrás

      It's a hat

    • May L
      May L 13 dias atrás

      A lot of structures are still made with old techniques, I thought... Isn't the Japanese temples still just made from wood joints? And no nails either.

    • James Pakan
      James Pakan 14 dias atrás

      that means it's a jar? can we put pickles in it?

  • KinkyTurtle
    KinkyTurtle 18 dias atrás +3

    This video was so fascinating I didn't even care that you didn't explain how many holes it would take to fill the Albert Hall!

  • KharBrons
    KharBrons 19 dias atrás +17

    2:55 "The dead weight of the wrought iron structure"
    Now that I know you're a warlock who can animate the entire roof, I'm curious about the living weight of it all. Makes even more sense to know the roof isn't attached. It'd be a pain to bolt it back down every time you've finished taking it out for a spin.

    • Nathan Rasmussen
      Nathan Rasmussen 16 dias atrás +1

      "Dead weight" is as opposed to "live load," which is things like wind pressure that shift over time.
      *:::::::::::::::.......... The More You Know

    • Yann
      Yann 17 dias atrás +2

      He's right though 'dead weight ' is the correct term meaning the permanent, static weight.

    • Hotaru
      Hotaru 19 dias atrás +1

      I don't know how many people are up in there during performances for the living weight, but I'm sure there's a number of crew and equipment for testing and setup.

  • I amcarbonandotherbits.
    I amcarbonandotherbits. 19 dias atrás +5

    Totally understand your fear of heights Tom. Its been the bane of my life and in one case cost me a job. I tried to conquer my fear once by climbing a tree that had a death slide at the top. I had to be winched down half way up because I froze.

    • placeswebreathe
      placeswebreathe 18 dias atrás +1

      A death slide? That doesn’t sound like something one should climb towards…

  • Jenny Valtin
    Jenny Valtin 20 dias atrás +6

    Oh, poor Tom, you did a great job though with your fear of heights. Meanwhile I got my foot tangled on a ropes course and ended up hanging almost completely upsidedown at about 8-9 meters, and wasn't fazed at all. Actually managed to free and right myself before an employee could get to me. And they were a lot freaked out.

  • StuffandThings
    StuffandThings 20 dias atrás +2544

    Victorian engineering is just so wild. Some stuff is incredibly overengineered, whilst at the same time some stuff is incredibly underengineered. Its like that awkward point in the industrial revolution where they became confident enough with the new industrial capabilities to start doing some really crazy stuff, but there wasn't enough precedent to really know what was or wasn't enough. The Forth Bridge and the Tay Bridge (the one that collapsed) are a great example of this juxtaposition.

    • K Killjoy
      K Killjoy 18 dias atrás

      @Michael Steeves That’s one of the greatest quotes I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing - and it’s about engineers no less!
      Thank you for sharing. Made my day and I look forward to getting to be the one sharing it many times in the future.

    • Daiz Damien
      Daiz Damien 18 dias atrás

      Laughs in Indian engineering

    • carlos A
      carlos A 18 dias atrás +3

      Greeks knew how to build great acoustic in their theatres... so i don't think that they didn't know... and we have concert halls of the same period in europe with great natural acoustics so probably they just didn't care.
      This building was not about acoustics, was about money and power and pride.

    • alan mon
      alan mon 18 dias atrás +4

      @Assume Correct They did have calculators and computers - that's what they called the people who did all the sums....

    • Janie
      Janie 19 dias atrás

      They’ll make amazing bridges and railways but the stairs in your house will kill you.

  • Mira
    Mira 19 dias atrás +20

    when you said it was "fail-safe" i spent the entire rest of the video hoping for an explanation of how that was. because i really would like to know, if the mesh does fail, if some of those cables were to snap underneath you, what about that system prevents it from becoming a dangerous situation?

    • Richard
      Richard 14 dias atrás +2

      @K Killjoy You’ve watched too much Final Destination. That mesh can never become a whip like that.

    • GreenSteve
      GreenSteve 14 dias atrás

      Possibly he just misspoke, and meant "safe" rather than "failsafe" (which has a specific meaning).

    • Mark Wright
      Mark Wright 17 dias atrás +10

      @Daniel Bohrer The '5 to 1' isn't a ratio to people. It's how 'overbuilt' something is for its requirements from the engineering side of things. So here, lets say 4 technicians need to be up there at once, the average weight of 1 person being taken as 75kg, the weight it would need to be capable of holding would be 4 x 75 kg, or 300 kg, plus say 50 kg of equipment, so 350 kg total. The requirement for '5 to 1' means that the structure supporting their weight needs to be capable of holding 1'750 kg, it can't break in destructive testing at anything less than that, even though it would still be officially rated for only 350 kg.
      Lifts, or elevators, are the easiest thing to visualise with this as they usually have '10 person or 1'000 kg maximum' on signs in them for the public to see. For a lift to be able to display that, if it is also built to the same safety factor of 5 like this netting, the manufacturer must ensure everything weight bearing can cope with at least 5'000 kg. If they build a lift that only manages 4'000 kg in some area of destructive testing or similar, then they either have to scrap the design or re-enforce it to meet the regulations or decrease the maximum capacity signposted to meet the results, so give their lift a 800 kg max capacity.
      Materials can fatigue over time and their strength reduce as a result. Unfortunately this can't be accurately tested as it's just something that can happen with time, I think steel can 'absorb' carbon dioxide over decades and harden becoming more brittle, so would require the product to be tested for 10, 20, 40, plus years in an environment similar to what the product is intended for, something that can't be done realistically, to determine how much weaker it will be at the end of its life vs the start, so the safety factor is placed as a substitute for that accurate testing, increasing the factor for more safety critical applications, so a basic office chair might be manufactured with a factor of 2 compared to the factor of 5 for platforms for working at heights. The materials used to build stuff, no matter how precise the processes are for producing them, will also have some natural variation in them that will affect the strength of the product they go into as a result, so the safety factor or factors under other titles will be put in place in case the tested item(s) had slightly stronger than average results. For a basic item, a manufacturer doesn't want to build a chair for a certain weight, have it test as good for that weight, then have 30+% of production chairs fall short and result in warranty claims, and obviously when it's something safety critical, you don't want someone depending on something for their life to have been a weaker production example and fail under normal operating conditions. You could always make everything as strong as possible of course, but that comes with a much higher price tag, which isn't 'practicable' as its put in engineering. Economics balanced against risk.
      The 'failsafe' element is where '1 cable capable of holding the whole weight' comes in. If you have a 1 tonne light fixture hanging 20 metres above a crowded room, having 2 or 3 cables securing it to the roof each individually rated for suspending the full 1 tonne is a failsafe. 1 or even 2 cables could snap, and the other 2 or 1 could easily prevent the fixture from falling onto the crowd.

    • K Killjoy
      K Killjoy 18 dias atrás +3

      I’m thinking less about the mesh supporting humans, and more about what happens when a metal wire under tension SNAPS. It becomes a freakin nasty weapon: a metal whip traveling at ridiculously high speed can slice right into/through a person.

    • Daniel Bohrer
      Daniel Bohrer 19 dias atrás +12

      They said the structure was designed with a 5-to-1 failsafe ratio, so I guess each single wire should be able to carry five people before it snapped, and if one of them snaps, there are still others to hold the structure up. Also the hole wouldn't be big enough for any human to slip through.

  • Ray Cutler
    Ray Cutler 18 dias atrás +4

    I cannot convey in words how much fear this video brought me. My legs turned to jelly and my stomach is still turning somersaults. How anyone can stand heights is totally beyond me. 😳

  • GimmeTOKYO
    GimmeTOKYO 19 dias atrás +2

    I feel for Tom. I felt the same way walking along a mesh mezzanine in Nissan’s factory in Canton, MS. It really triggers acrophobia.

  • NobleNobbler
    NobleNobbler 15 dias atrás +1

    Would loved to have been part of the audio team that designed the acoustic solutions. I bet there's a lot of engineering there managing all of those speakers and keeping them in the appropriate phase

  • GTOger
    GTOger 20 dias atrás +1050

    This is beautiful. I love that the engineering has "just worked" for all these years, and the hall is still regularly used for modern productions.

    • Chasm 95
      Chasm 95 20 dias atrás

      I agree. Devin Townsend's live performance of Deadhead was done there and it wounds absolutely amazing, even compared to a studio recording.

    • offendinator3000
      offendinator3000 20 dias atrás

      Show us your roof

    • Callie Masters
      Callie Masters 20 dias atrás +1

      It's been a long time since there's been a video from pissy corner. ☹️

    • Jorge Chávez
      Jorge Chávez 20 dias atrás

      @panda 3000 interesting

    • Jorge Chávez
      Jorge Chávez 20 dias atrás

      They knew what they were doing those engineers back then even if they didn't have everything we have now

  • codya30
    codya30 12 dias atrás +2

    I laughed a lot when Tom stepped out. As a stagehand who's worked at a ton of venues, I'm always curious of places I haven't been to. I thought it would much much further down but it wasn't an unusual height, and much safer with the mesh than just walking out on iron beams or steel/aluminum truss.

  • DIYMicha2
    DIYMicha2 20 dias atrás +6

    Reminds me on trying to step out on the glass floor on the eiffel tower. I wanted it so hard, but my body was absolutely frozen in place. My kids 4+8 just ran out there, no problem at all.

  • SaintDuma
    SaintDuma 18 dias atrás +3

    I'm an entertainment technician and my reaction to the grid was "oh an easy one to work on" -- wire tension grids are great, you need no additional safety gear to avoid falling. You just gotta not drop anything.

  • Peter Jensen
    Peter Jensen 19 dias atrás +6

    Brings back memories. In college, I was helping rig sound and lighting equipment in the upper cat walks of an arena. Floors of the walks were metal grates and I accidentally dropped a screwdriver. Damn thing bounced 20ft up off the concrete that was 100ft below. Immediately had to get down to stave off panic attack.

  • Mitchell Walker
    Mitchell Walker 20 dias atrás +1711

    Can we just applaud Scott’s cameraman for filming him while walking on the mesh

    • Gene Lomas
      Gene Lomas 15 dias atrás +6

      And not just walking on the mesh, while filming, with no spare hands, but walking BACKWARDS on the mesh, while filming, with no spare hands..

      THE RETRO STOP OFF  16 dias atrás +2

      🤣🤣So true!

    • Raina Ramsay
      Raina Ramsay 17 dias atrás +2


    • Simon Bone
      Simon Bone 17 dias atrás +10

      And for being in position in case Tom goes splat.

    • Nathan Smith
      Nathan Smith 19 dias atrás +29

      @bagnome someone has to remain to tell the tale

  • alex mulhall
    alex mulhall 17 dias atrás +2

    Hi Tom, i work at the hall, and wondered, about a week/2 weeks back someone was flying a drone around the top/over stage door area, wondering now if that was you/your team?

  • Stephen Hill
    Stephen Hill Dia atrás

    Had a similar experience with a wire mesh grid when I visited Drax power station in my teens. Everyone else was fine, but I froze completely when looked down and saw the multiple levels of wire mesh flooring below. The only way that I could start moving again and keep in step with my school party was stare fixedly ahead. I’ve remembered that experience for over forty years.

  • Joel Wood
    Joel Wood 17 dias atrás +1

    Tom, your apparent innate fear of heights appears to be as profound as mine. This cannot have been easy. Well done.

  • Claude Vi'Eaul
    Claude Vi'Eaul 17 dias atrás +2

    Well done!! Thát grid takes some courage to step out on to the unaware... 👍👍
    I generally trust old constructions far more than newer ones, as the latter usually have far less margin (= cost) on safety.
    The Royal Albert Hall is the most amazing venue I've ever been to - and I have been attending concerts at the RAH a fair bit over the years. But I've never been on the tour around this British icon. Something for the near future!

  • Philip Sheehan
    Philip Sheehan 20 dias atrás +1788

    I used to be a theatre tech, the best part of it was seeing how the new techies reacted to the grid. Some would avoid it like the plague, others would use it like a trampoline. It was amazing bouncy

    • Tyler
      Tyler 20 dias atrás +2

      @petlahk me too, despite knowing that glass is MUCH stronger than steel.

    • Jason Bennett
      Jason Bennett 20 dias atrás +5

      @TheBirchCreek You tell a story well. It's been a few minutes since I read that and I still feel woozy.

    • Andrew Rothman
      Andrew Rothman 20 dias atrás +2

      The theater I’ve been involved with my whole life has a beam that’s maybe 50 feet off the house floor. I still can’t go out there.

    • L Hennessey
      L Hennessey 20 dias atrás +1

      Truly the only thing that can help you get used to it is exposure therapy

    • petlahk
      petlahk 20 dias atrás +10

      I would personally trust that mesh more than glass walkways.

  • John C Ray
    John C Ray 11 dias atrás

    This is far and away one of my favorite of your videos. My absolute favorite is the one about microwaves where you located the scientist and he gleefully told the story of thawing frozen hamsters.
    This one made me sick from heights. I had butterflies in my stomach, I was literally pushing against the back of my chair to get away from the edge. Very nice, good on you for walking out there. I'm now remembering your trip to the top of the wind turbine, so that's another one that made me sick. Love it. 💚

  • Gary David
    Gary David 18 dias atrás

    I'm not afraid of heights at all... but your reactions had my heart thumping. Good Job! Love your videos :)

  • Chris BigBad
    Chris BigBad 20 dias atrás +5

    I work at a Data Centre, which has multi-ton cooling-elements on the roof. Those are, too, not fixed. However, due to a steady wind from a single direction, these elements have vibrated slowly, but surely, to the end of their flexible hoses. 10 years after the installation, a mobile crane had to come, be assembled to be extended extra long and then pickup these cooling-blocks, move them 20 centimeters and put them back down. A whole-day operation! Was fun watching.
    Remember kids: don't mess with physics!

    • Timothy Brown
      Timothy Brown 17 dias atrás

      Ohhhh, I bet I know the very company responsible for that data center! 😁

    • K Killjoy
      K Killjoy 18 dias atrás +1

      20 centimeters?!?!?! All that for 20 CENTIMETERS?!?!!!
      Wow, I wonder what all that cost

  • CalciumGoodness
    CalciumGoodness 17 dias atrás +1

    As an engineer, this was awesome to see. Great video Tom.

  • Kurt Schawacker
    Kurt Schawacker 20 dias atrás +2386

    I'm an event production rigger and I can confidently say that that I still experience vertigo above about 50ft. It's completely normal and something that gets easier the more you work at height. No shame in seeking hand holds at those heights.

    • Derek Taylor
      Derek Taylor 19 dias atrás +1

      @Mikowmer I live as far inland as it's possible to get, so no yacht clubs and the only lake nearby big enough is so sheltered that it barely gets any wind.
      I know the RYA and/ or affiliates run courses so I'll look at one of those. Again, thanks for advice it's really appreciated.

    • Mikowmer
      Mikowmer 19 dias atrás +2

      @Derek Taylor No worries! My recommendation would be to get into a smaller off-the-beach sailboat to start off with. That way you can learn the basics without risking too much. Personally, I prefer monohulls, but that's probably because that's what I grew up sailing for the most part. Catamaran's are fun, but if you capsize they're a lot harder to get back upright by yourself.
      If you've got a yacht club nearby, I'm sure they'd love to help you get into sailing with lessons and stuff.

    • Doom Marauder
      Doom Marauder 19 dias atrás +6

      @lohphat Vertigo makes you dizzy, not ideal in high places. There are many ways your body tells you to stay alert. Fear is the primary way it tells you, vertigo is probably an overload of stimuli.

    • Z U
      Z U 19 dias atrás +2

      @denchotron the thrd I don't want that job

    • Callum Geeves
      Callum Geeves 20 dias atrás +3

      @Mikowmer Well that's a new fear for me!

  • Bollie
    Bollie 17 dias atrás +2

    Very cool! Always wanted to know more about that building. Thank you so much. :)

  • John Doyle
    John Doyle 5 dias atrás

    Thank you for the fascinating hidden secrets of this iconic building, you looked genuinely scared. Some great engineering for its time.
    I loved my concert there with the orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky 1812 overture with the cannons firing, really testing the acoustics.

  • Mohamed ElDeraa
    Mohamed ElDeraa 16 dias atrás +7

    It's weird seeing Tom terrrified of this when he had just literally walked on a tight rope a while ago.
    The difference In height is big enough to make a difference though.

  • Jay Straw
    Jay Straw 15 dias atrás

    Thanks for sharing and scaring Tom! Hanging out on the grid is one of my favorite things. I've never seen anything like that one though. Incredible.

  • T D
    T D 20 dias atrás +1780

    I wonder whether the lack of attachment actually has design benefits, e.g. reducing stresses due to different expansion rates due to temperature of the iron roof and the brick walls.

    • Richard
      Richard 14 dias atrás

      @bloodvue Friction is not precisely equal on every point around the circumference.

    • bloodvue
      bloodvue 20 dias atrás

      @Richard expanding and contracting, so not sliding as such

    • Matthias Scholz
      Matthias Scholz 20 dias atrás +3

      With the dome not being attached it has to balance the horizontal forces from the curved trusses within the metal construction. And that means it won’t push horizontally on the walls below, which is a great simplification.
      Compare that to gothic designs where the pillars had to bring down the horizontal forces from the roofs.
      This is more like a lid on a cylinder

    • Sinister Thoughts
      Sinister Thoughts 20 dias atrás

      Exactly why that style of construction is used.

    • N Allanson
      N Allanson 20 dias atrás +8

      @Richard i think the idea is like lid on a pot. It has room to expand and the edges can move in and out (slide) but there is some sort of lip to prevent it slipping off to the side.

  • d2vmusic
    d2vmusic 18 dias atrás

    An amazing feat of engineering. Really enjoyed this video, when I wasn't looking away from the screen - thanks!

  • Malcolm Bacchus
    Malcolm Bacchus 12 dias atrás +1

    It must have looked amazing when it was open to the top as originally designed.

  • Shane Rorko
    Shane Rorko 10 dias atrás +1

    if you think the mesh is scary, try getting in a 50ft boom lift and take it out 45 degree from the base. It looks unreal and the whole boom bounces not just the mesh basket.

  • Naj Renchelf
    Naj Renchelf 2 dias atrás +1

    I think this might also be the most _terrifying_ roof in London!

  • MisterMysterios
    MisterMysterios 20 dias atrás +2328

    About interesting roofs. If Tom goes back to Germany eventually, he should get into the roofs of the Cologne Cathedral. It is an interesting story. The Cathedral, while construction started in I think the 14th century, had a several century long construction stop and was only finished in the 19th century. The roof, while made look from the outside old, was made with back then modern technology, meaning a massive steel roof construction. This construction was responsible for the Cathedral surviving WWII, as the bomb that did land in the roof did not burn it down like Notre Dame.

    • StYxXx
      StYxXx 20 dias atrás +3

      @Hans Günter Kerman "1248 to be exact and officially ended in 1842." - they should've waited just a few more years to get the 6 centuries completed.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 20 dias atrás +5

      @MisterMysterios Ah, of course it's not a joke. This is the Germans, after all.

    • MisterMysterios
      MisterMysterios 20 dias atrás

      @Hans Günter Kerman Ah, okay, misremembered by a century. Thanks for the correction.

    • Hans Günter Kerman
      Hans Günter Kerman 20 dias atrás +6

      @MisterMysterios just so you know: the construction of the cathedral begann in the 13th century,1248 to be exact and officially ended in 1842.

    • MisterMysterios
      MisterMysterios 20 dias atrás +11

      @R Ge What do you mean with "joke"? There is nothing funny about the Armageddon because they stop building on it!
      Side note: The fact that it is under constant repair is because the stone used looks nice, but is highly vulnerable to air and water pollution. Being in the middle of a large city in the industrial center of Germany creates enough pollution that they have to replace the outer layer of the Cathedral constantly with fresh, undamaged stone. (or so I was told during my tour a couple of years ago)

  • Connor Bachrodt
    Connor Bachrodt 18 dias atrás

    Fantastic video! I've always wondered, how do you keep discovering these incredibly fascinating things to make videos on?

  • Mika Majlund
    Mika Majlund 17 dias atrás +3

    Du gör alltid väldigt intressant filmer, tack.

  • Keera Ann Fox
    Keera Ann Fox 18 dias atrás

    Forgive me, Tom, for having a laugh at your discomfort. I do relate, honestly, but your reaction was also funny. Thanks for daring to give us such an interesting tour!

  • Aries Custom
    Aries Custom 13 dias atrás

    I'm with you, Tom. I'd be frozen to the spot as well. I nearly fell off my chair watching you do that. 🤣

  • Seamus O'Riely
    Seamus O'Riely 20 dias atrás +663

    I always love how Tom is more than willing to put in those moments that show how uncomfortable/scared he is in a given situation and not just edit it out, it makes the videos so much more realistic and raw

    • cometomyfrontdoor
      cometomyfrontdoor 15 dias atrás

      I'd prefer not to see his over dramatics

    • Raina Ramsay
      Raina Ramsay 17 dias atrás


    • Samuel Stow
      Samuel Stow 18 dias atrás +10

      Him being terrified of everything is what makes his videos so interesting. (OK everything isn't fair, lots of things)

    • Seamus O'Riely
      Seamus O'Riely 18 dias atrás +6

      @soundscape26 without doubt! I don't know if I'd even make it onto the mesh

    • soundscape26
      soundscape26 19 dias atrás +48

      And much more relatable to the audience because most of us would feel absolutely the same if high up there.

  • VitaeAngelus
    VitaeAngelus 19 dias atrás +1

    I've experienced that fear response, where my body just freezes with one foot out over a height - except I was crossing a railroad bridge maybe 25ft up, lmao. I can't imagine!

  • Phoenix Flores-Gonzalez
    Phoenix Flores-Gonzalez 18 dias atrás +1

    Just seeing that and seeing you react is making my anxiety spike. My palms are sweaty. I can only imagine what you must have been feeling.
    I used to help change lighting gels in the roof of my high schools theater and that used to scare me. This is waaaaaaay higher.

  • eddief1984
    eddief1984 19 dias atrás

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Tom takes another out the bag! Great video!

  • Dave Beverley
    Dave Beverley 14 dias atrás

    This was really nice to see. My Grandad worked a lot on the Albert Hall roof lighting (mushrooms) & sound systems after the war.

  • ThrShinxHunter .,
    ThrShinxHunter ., 20 dias atrás +701

    I love how Tom both fully admits his fears when confronted with something that terrifies him, and does his best to face them and experience something cool. It’s really admirable.

    • soundscape26
      soundscape26 19 dias atrás +2

      @Elaine Johnson Most people would have the exact same reaction as him walking over that mesh... not hiding it makes Tom extremely relatable to his audience.

    • Griffin McKenzie
      Griffin McKenzie 19 dias atrás +2

      @Elaine Johnson Then stop watching him? Nobody is going to miss your view and it won't change your life.

    • Isaiah Romero
      Isaiah Romero 20 dias atrás +12

      @Elaine Johnson having fears is cringy? Literally what? Horrible take

    • Ian Mustafa
      Ian Mustafa 20 dias atrás

      you should watch Tom Scott Plus then

    • Flicks
      Flicks 20 dias atrás +11

      me when i step on a landmine 3:39

  • ukspizzaman
    ukspizzaman 9 dias atrás

    I was a fire alarm technician way back, and I have been suspended in a harness under the ceiling in places like that. We could not use lifts in protected buildings, you couldnt even get a lift in there most times. And scaffolding would take too long. So we used to drop a wire down from the top and get hoisted up in order to do whatever needed to be done. Never got used to it.

  • Tyler Ramos
    Tyler Ramos 20 dias atrás

    I imagine walking on that mesh is quite similar to when I used to walk across trusses as a construction worker. Except when walking across trusses you can actually fall between them if you miss a step.

  • Randy King
    Randy King 19 dias atrás

    OMG, I am having the same fright as you're walking. I recently went up skinny little stairs inside of a basilica in Eastern Wisconsin called Holy Hill and experienced the same palpitations and fright. My legs didn't recover for a full day.

  • Alex Knight
    Alex Knight 15 dias atrás

    This video is fantastic! I have been to many many concerts in the Albert Hall, and always wondered about the roof and how it worked. Now I know!

  • Spirit
    Spirit 20 dias atrás +790

    The fact that Tom is so incredibly smart and interesting and yet also openly afraid to walk on the mesh shows how human he is. We appreciate you, my guy.

    • D M
      D M 20 dias atrás +2

      I think Tom is open enough and self-confident enough that he doesn't let perceived peer/social pressure cause him to hide his fears/feelings/discomfort or act out/be rash/act tough to put on a false face.
      You cannot be brave without feeling fear. Doing something dangerous whilst you feel no fear isn't bravery. It is a sign of ignorance or misplaced confidence.

    • Richard
      Richard 20 dias atrás

      @Aurora I'm a university professor in structural engineering

    • My Lady Casagrande
      My Lady Casagrande 20 dias atrás +2

      @Leif Neland yes, but for the tightrope he had a harness, a pole, and a guy who looks like a wizard giving constant encouragement.

    • Richard
      Richard 20 dias atrás

      I think that mesh is just pointless sketchy... metal fatigue is a thing and they have no way to measure how far the fatigue got (unless they go xray the steel at the outer circumference where it meets the solid structure). For the same amount of money they could have put in a rigid grid mesh.

    • Elaine Johnson
      Elaine Johnson 20 dias atrás +3

      He's always whimpering. I find it incredibly tedious in anyone!

  • Warhawk76
    Warhawk76 20 dias atrás

    Such a great video! Love learning about all the cool infrastructure in the UK.

  • Boneless Watermelon
    Boneless Watermelon 17 dias atrás +1

    I'd like to see Tom cover "HVAC" by Antepavilion to confirm if, in fact, there are no other roofs more interesting than this in London

  • Connie Hutchins
    Connie Hutchins 7 dias atrás

    Wow that looked terrifying but was also utterly fascinating. Thank you so much. Victorian engineering was magnificent.

  • L H
    L H 16 dias atrás

    I had a similar fear response walking up the duomo in florence. Huge open domes are weirdly terrifying.

  • Benjamin Stanford
    Benjamin Stanford 20 dias atrás +1248

    It cracks me up that Tom has such a rough time looking down, and then two seconds later it shows these historical images with workers just chilling at the top of the metal frame 😂

    • ron black
      ron black 19 dias atrás

      check out some steeplejack videos.

    • James Matthews
      James Matthews 19 dias atrás

      @Captain even slower It's more about how they live with the fear...

    • Captain even slower
      Captain even slower 19 dias atrás

      @James Matthews I would have loved to hear some of their native wisdom as to why they are not afraid of falling

    • TheGrandNil
      TheGrandNil 19 dias atrás

      @neumde neuer I'm not afraid of heights, I routinely do freesolo and freescrambling on the cliffs near my area

    • Irbricksceo
      Irbricksceo 19 dias atrás +7

      Ironworkers are a different breed.

  • Matt Clarke
    Matt Clarke 19 dias atrás

    Been to the Royal Albert Hall a few times and it's magnificent. I always thought the mushrooms were just decorative!

  • Ian dlV
    Ian dlV 19 dias atrás

    Another great video Tom. Congratulations on yet another episode where you step well out of your comfort zone.

  • Benjamin Nolan
    Benjamin Nolan 19 dias atrás +1

    It's kinda a shame that the aluminium covering can't be retracted, I can't imagine how amazing this building would look with daylight lighting.

  • David Moritz
    David Moritz 18 dias atrás +1

    I was a waterproofer I spent my days 50 stories up on the side of buildings daily, that's literally a cake walk for me.

  • Rhettorical
    Rhettorical 20 dias atrás +711

    You could tell me that mesh is strong enough to stop a freight train and it still wouldn't make me feel more comfortable walking on it when it's that high. Props to Tom for going out there.

    • Danny P
      Danny P 20 dias atrás +1

      @Monkey80llx very easily

    • Jukama
      Jukama 20 dias atrás +3

      I was once walking down old wooden stairs in the elbtunnel and that was super frightening. The wood was creaking and I was clenching the poor stair rail so hard. The hight is just very scary in real life and it is sad that it doesn’t come across in a video. I guess that building was twice as high as the elbtunnel was deep.

    • Monkey80llx
      Monkey80llx 20 dias atrás +5

      To be fair, Tom does scare easily. Very easily 😆

    • Marcus Sherlock
      Marcus Sherlock 20 dias atrás +21

      There's a solid metal mesh on the floor of the observation deck of the Toronto CN Tower. Feels the same way. They now let you strap into a harness and lean your full weight over the edge.

  • Stephen Williams
    Stephen Williams 17 dias atrás +1

    Theater and arena rigger here. Haven't got to walk out onto a tension grid yet, but that building looks like it would be so interesting to rig in. Of course Tom could do it easily with his jetpack.

  • Martin Cicco
    Martin Cicco 14 dias atrás

    I love tension mesh grids. They’re my favorite to work on because lighting is super easy on them

  • EvelynNdenial
    EvelynNdenial 20 dias atrás +2

    For all the crazy places you've been I'm surprised a steel catwalk was the one too much for you.

  • Gabriel
    Gabriel 9 dias atrás +1

    The Royal Albert Hall is my favourite space in the world. I love it so much.
    Thanks for this video. It was really cool and something, I'd likely never seen or known otherwise. Now when I next go, I can stare up in amazement for entirely new reasons

  • Julian Holden
    Julian Holden 18 dias atrás +1

    I've been up there in the days before H+S officers. It's much cleaner now - it used to be full of assorted junk and the glass was too fillthy to see through. I like the natty little staircase (1:03) that has replaced the vertical ladder I had to climb. I decided not to walk on the grid.

  • TheRogue
    TheRogue 10 dias atrás +1

    One of the gardens by the bay in singapore has a see through mesh bridge and i had to keep repeating to myself “trust in modern architecture, trust in modern engineering”

  • Evgenii Salganik
    Evgenii Salganik 19 dias atrás

    Huge respect to London for keeping the historical building anyway. In many places it would be demolished and substituted by something "trendy".

  • TheSkepticSkwerl
    TheSkepticSkwerl 17 dias atrás +2

    When he said the weight, 600 tons. i mean REALLY? holy crap, a plane fully loaded is 70 tons, I wouldn't have in my wildest dreams guessed 600 tons.

  • Jackal1412
    Jackal1412 17 dias atrás +1

    The fact that he started bouncing on the mesh once Tom was fully on it had me cackling!

  • ozzyg82
    ozzyg82 20 dias atrás

    Tom, how do you go from being able to tight rope walk with nothing but a stick in your hand to stop you falling from a great height, to being scared at standing on a solid mesh underpinned with an iron framework?

  • Ickballgaming
    Ickballgaming 20 dias atrás

    Keep up the great videos Tom! Thank you!

  • TheMoulie
    TheMoulie 10 dias atrás +1

    I used to work for a company who hired out road crew.
    I got a call to help set up the proms and cycled off, one morning, to the Albert Hall.
    We had to fly lights from the corona. Had no idea what I was in for.
    I had climbed rigging and scaffolding before then we headed up the stairs behind the organ pipes, outside the dome to the inside then to the top.
    By heck it was an experience, we had to lower cables down and spent a good while up there.
    Best experience ever!

  • UltimaDoge
    UltimaDoge 18 dias atrás +1

    Like all of your videos, this one was sooo interesting and cool. Thanks for this 👍

  • Jack Price
    Jack Price 6 dias atrás

    I've had an exceptionally over reactive inner ear since birth. Over the years, use of ladders, climbing small mountains and training in VR has made it possible for me to go through life without suddenly falling over. This video just made me fall off the toilet and into my shower.

  • veni
    veni 8 horas atrás

    I was impressed when the cameraman flew backwards into the air at the end of the video. Nerves of steel.

  • Franz Rosenzweig
    Franz Rosenzweig 17 dias atrás

    Tom, I hope your next video answers the more pressing question about Royal Albert Hall: How many holes does it take to fill it?

  • ElementalTurnip
    ElementalTurnip 20 dias atrás +271

    I love how Tom showed more fear walking on this mesh than he did when he was strapped to the top of a flying biplane.

    • Jason Lescalleet
      Jason Lescalleet 20 dias atrás +2

      For me, cliffs are fine. I guess because I am still technically standing on the ground. Buildings, on the other hand, are not, even if I’m just on the roof of a single story building. Royal Albert Hall…let’s just say I would probably level the whole structure with all the F-bombs I’d be dropping.

    • Albert Batfinder
      Albert Batfinder 20 dias atrás +1

      That’s very much in the nature of a frame of heights. I’m perfectly happy at 30,000 feet in a plane, but put me near the edge of a cliff and my legs will buckle, even if I’m standing on solid rock.

    • wannabetitan
      wannabetitan 20 dias atrás

      or going into that place without laws (yellow stone)

    • AstralDragN
      AstralDragN 20 dias atrás +7

      I think its related to the amount of control. On the plane Tom couldn't do anything to affect whether or not he was safe really once they were up, but the mesh is innately determining on his mind if its a safe or unsafe action with clear things that determined it as unsafe right in front of him.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 20 dias atrás +25

      Our caveman ancestors knew, fall from height, bad. Our caveman ancestors never had the need to develop a fear of biplanes.

  • Yay Show Vids
    Yay Show Vids Dia atrás +1

    My favorite part is you holding onto the guy standing on the same mesh - because if it went, he couldn’t be of help! 😂

  • Grey guy.
    Grey guy. 19 dias atrás

    I used to work as a roofer all over Britain specialising in mastic asphalt in older buildings.
    I've walked on much much worse than this. Most large sites use mess as this or we do to stop falls.
    Such meshes I've seen holding up multiple men and buckets of asphalt etc.
    The worse thing I walked on was just lead with rotten wooden beams underneath. Scaffolding from underneath would have been far too expensive and was such a large space so to put up scaffolding from above we had to walk on the lead to find anchor points.
    It's only scary when your foot go through the roof