Get ready for an adrenaline-fuelled journey across the globe as National Geographic brings you a new engineering series like no other. Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville, hosted by the British construction expert himself, is set to premiere at 8pm on Thursday 14th September 2023, bringing ground-breaking feats of construction on the edge of possibility.
Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville takes viewers on an exploration of the world’s most extraordinary and precarious builds. This six-episode series pushes the boundaries of what is considered achievable, showcasing architectural marvels that defy imagination. From the construction of the world’s largest ocean-going cruise liner, ‘Icon of the Seas’ in Finland to the ground-breaking Brenner Tunnel beneath the Alps on the Italy-Austria border, each episode highlights the skills, technology, and engineering brilliance that make these awe-inspiring builds possible.
Developed and produced by Hoff Productions, the series also takes us to Las Vegas to explore the creation of the largest spherical building in the world, the MSG Sphere. In California, Daniel and his team tackle the Intuit Dome, the future home of the LA Clippers. The fifth episode transports viewers to South Africa, where they witness the construction of the cable-stayed steel deck Msikaba Bridge. Finally, in the conclusion to the series, Daniel travels to Santa Clara, CA, to join the construction team on the Pathfinder 1, the world’s largest aircraft.
At the helm of Building Impossible is TV newcomer Daniel Ashville, a construction expert who has built his own construction empire from scratch. With an infectious enthusiasm for all things construction, Daniel’s magnetic on-screen presence draws viewers into his world of ambition and perseverance. His hands-on approach sees him actively collaborating with teams tackling these engineering challenges, demonstrating that the impossible can indeed become possible.
Daniel Ashville says: “I’ve always believed that in the world of construction, there are no limits to what we can achieve. Building Impossible is a testament to the power of human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of pushing boundaries. I’m thrilled to take viewers on this journey and demonstrate that with hard work, determination, and a touch of audacity, we can make the impossible possible. Building Impossible is not just about engineering marvels; it’s about the incredible people behind these ground-breaking projects. Their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to excellence inspire me every day.”
Daniel Ashville’s journey into the realm of construction began during his childhood, igniting an obsession that led him to abandon his sports science studies at university. This audacious decision proved to be a turning point, as he harnessed his unwavering determination and embarked on a remarkable 17-year journey. From flipping houses to establishing The Ashville Group, comprising Ashville Construction for design and build residential projects, Ashville Aggregates and Concrete for aggregates supply and waste management services, and Ashville Plant Hire for equipment and machinery hire, Daniel has cemented his position as one of the country’s top experts in his field.
In 2020, Daniel Ashville opened the doors to his captivating world through a popular YouTube channel, where he offers an intimate glimpse into his daily life. With posts amassing up to two million views, his magnetic personality and profound knowledge caught the attention of National Geographic commissioners. Recognising Daniel’s fearlessness and genuine passion, they swiftly offered him his own show: Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville.
Executive producers for Hoff Productions are Michael Hoff, Ashley Adams and Sean Boyle. Simon Raikes, Commissioning Editor at National Geographic, says: “Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville is an exceptional series that captures the essence of exploration and innovation that has captured our imagination from the very beginning. This series pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in engineering and showcases the remarkable achievements of human ingenuity.”