Stadium architect Dan Meis has sent a message of thanks to Evertonians after a week of fan workshops that “have exceeded our hopes in just about every way”.
Meis held four workshops at St Luke’s Church on Goodison Road with fans who had applied to attend having completed the Club's survey on the 11 Key Principles for Bramley-Moore Dock.
During the sessions, the architect, who is Founder and Managing Principal of MEIS, explained how supporter feedback was influencing the ongoing work on the stadium’s design.
He also sent a special message of thanks to fans, via the Everton Fans’ Forum Twitter account: “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 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.”
During the workshop sessions with fans, Meis shared early cross sections of stand designs, while reaffirming the Club’s desire to create “the greatest home ground in English football”.
“It’s really been incredible,” he told evertontv
. “It exceeded our hopes in just about every way. For one, there was a great attendance.
“While we weren’t able to show everything about where we are or exactly what it’s going to look like, we got great feedback from how we’ve taken the input from the survey so far, and how that is driving the design.
“I don’t think there have been any real surprises (in terms of feedback from the sessions). There have been a couple of interesting suggestions we hadn’t heard before though and that’s what’s great about these things.
“We expected there would be a lot of passion about capacity. I think the important part is that I got to explain that this isn’t about a lack of ambition, it really is about getting that number right for this ground, on this site.
“We believe there’s great value in the opportunity and the impressive, iconic value of being on this ‘front door to the city’ site. There are some site limitations to what we can do capacity-wise but we will end up somewhere between 50,000-60,000.”