The studio run by US architect Dan Meis will not see the club’s 52,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock through to completion, after Pattern was selected the technical architect for the next phase.
London-based Pattern Design worked alongside Meis Studio, which specialises in the design of stadia and arenas, to draw up concept designs but it will be the only architect taking the £500m project forward, under the club’s latest decision on the project team.
Dan Meis, whose designs were popular among Everton supporters, described the handling of the situation as “one the greatest disappointments” of his career.
However, a source from the club said that the studio’s departure was “always part of the plan” and that it’s involvement had come to a “natural end” following the submission of plans for the project’s next phase.
Meis said: “In my 30 years of designing stadiums, I have never had our work taken over by another architect without remaining in a custodian or oversight role.”
Meis, along with Pattern and several other studios, had submitted bids to the main contractor Laing O’Rourke earlier this year to be retained as technical architect for the build phase of the project, but they were unsuccessful, according to the club.
A decision on the planning application is expected in the summer.