As a member of the Fans’ Forum, it was fantastic to take part in this event and I’m sure that all the Blues who attended left feeling that the future home of our great club is in safe hands. Although the venue was unconventional, St Luke’s Church on Goodison Road provided the perfect setting, in the shadows of the ‘Grand old lady’, for the Club and architect Dan Meis to run his workshops on Everton’s proposed move to Bramley-Moore Dock.
The four workshops were an extension of the online consultation that provided Evertonians with the opportunity to learn more about the results of the Key Principles survey, progress the design process and share some insight into how supporter feedback has helped evolve and shape what the Club’s new home could look like.
Split over three-days the workshops were attended by hundreds of Evertonians and gave fans the chance to not only see what our potential new home could look like but also ask questions and raise issues with the architect tasked with delivering a world class stadium for the Blues.
Some of the queries raised by fans included the potential capacity of the stadium, how long the build process would take, accessibility for our disabled supporters and the proposed location of the family enclosure within the ground. Furthermore, there was much discussion on the key principles mentioned in the online consultation and how they have influenced the designs.
Architect Dan Meis stated that the ongoing feedback, including everything from the sessions, was influencing the design process and anything shown was not set in stone and was just conceptual. Through the Everton Fans’ Forum twitter account, Dan Meis thanked Evertonians; “I would really like to give a heartfelt thanks to all the fans. It really has been an incredible experience and it does require a lot of time and investment of passion from the fans to come and share ideas and it has really been invaluable to the process. Fans are an important part of the design of this building and I look forward to further opportunities.”
The Fans’ Forum were in attendance at each workshop helping the Club sign fans in, distributing consultation materials, acting as runners with the microphones for the Q&A and facilitating any queries supporters had on arrival.
The events ran really smoothly and everyone from the Club, Dan and his team from Meis as well as the fans played their part.
Like the rest of the Blues we’re really looking forward to seeing the final designs of our new home on the banks of the royal blue Mersey…
Lou Reed Foster