Architect Pattern Design has taken over on the new Everton Stadium project from Dan Meis.
The club is reported to have handed architectural duties for the proposed Bramley-Moore Dock stadium over to the UK-based firm, who worked with Meis on the original design.
The Liverpool Echo said Pattern Design has been selected by construction firm Laing O’Rourke to continue design planning, assuming it is given the green light by the City.
It said it was always part of Everton’s plan to put the contract for the next phase up for bidding and it appears as though Meis was edged out by Pattern.
Dan Meis, the head of the US-based architectural design firm hit back at the suggestion. He said on Twitter:
If this was ‘always the plan’ no one shared it with me. In my 30 years of designing stadiums I have never had our work taken over by another architect without remaining in a custodian/oversight role.
Earlier, the New York and Los Angeles-based designer had tweeted:
Let me be clear. I am fully confident that Bramley Moore will be built. It is both right for the Club and the city. Unfortunately I am not currently engaged in the project. How that was handled is one the greatest disappointments of my career, and at the appropriate time I will comment.
At the heart of Everton’s proposals is a stunning brick, steel and glass stadium design which takes its inspiration from the historic maritime and warehouse buildings nearby.
The stadium structure combines the historic and modern, with the brick base incorporating a subtle nod to Goodison Park’s famous Archibald Leitch lattice work, while the dynamic roof structure is made from steel and glass, giving the stadium a modern finish.
The proposed waterfront stadium comprises four distinctive stands, including a large, steep ‘home end’ which will house 13,000 passionate Evertonians.
Everton’s plans for the new stadium, which will sit within Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters site, would have a transformational impact on North Liverpool, kick-starting the regeneration of the northern docklands, contributing a £1bn boost to the city region’s economy, creating up to 15,000 jobs and attracting 1.4 million visitors to the city each year.