Dan Meis, the designer of Everton’s new stadium being built at Bramley-Moore Dock, says that he will soon be “re-engaged” on the project.

The US architect, whose stunning rendering for the Mersey waterfront site were revealed in July 2019, made the shock announcement 11 months later that he was “not currently engaged” in the scheme and that it was one of the biggest disappointments of his career.

However, in an interview with Liverpool-born former professional footballer Neil Danns on BBC World Service, Meis claimed that he will soon be back on board and that it’s a “happy ending.”

Enabling works on the site are currently taking place with construction Everton’s new £500million home expected to be completed in time for the 2024/25 season.

On being taken off the project and his prospective return, Meis said: “It was one of the biggest disappointments in my career because it was a bit shocking.

“I felt like we had devoted so much of our attention and passion to this club and this project.

“There were a lot of hurdles we had to go through to prove it could be done there, to convince Liverpool that it should be done there.

“When they went to fans to do their surveys about support, it was unbelievable.

“Even non-Evertonians were supportive of the project and largely that was due to the work we had done and worked so hard.

“I had lost another project along the way because I was so devoted to Everton.

“I had another client who basically said ‘I don’t think you have the bandwidth to do both projects’ so we were taken off a project because of our devotion to Everton, then all of a sudden I was off Everton.

“I think what was disappointing to me was I had a team of 30 people who had been thinking about this building 24/7 for years, and I don’t believe there was anybody better positioned to help carry that through.

“The good thing is, what can happen in that process is the delivery architect comes in, works with the contractor and all of a sudden the design gets beat up, watered down and changed for various reasons – that hasn’t happened here.

“It’s been great to see that both the club and everyone involved has been pretty protective of the original vision, so I feel really good about that.

“Most excitingly, I’ve been talking to the club about being re-engaged and so that’s going to happen really soon and it feels great to be back in the family and feel part of it.

“It really did feel like one of my children yanked away from me, it was that excruciating but it has a happy ending.”

Meis also explained while Everton chiefs were initially sceptical about his early ideas, they appreciated the passion and commitment of his team.

He said: “My first ideas that I showed were ‘what if we took the concept of a more historic English stadium and brought it forward'.

“What that meant was almost all English football stadiums started with just a pitch and then there were some stands and as the club got more popular then more stands were built.

“I was really excited about it. This keeps the magic of what was important to those early buildings.

“People might not realise why they’re unique and why they’re different and don’t love have columns in front of them but there are things about those buildings that are kind of magical and have a charm.

“If you can bring that forward, it was much better than giving them an NFL building in my view.

“The chairman hated it. He hated everything about that idea but I think he saw my passion and the passion of my team.

“I flew over four or five of my guys and we were building models in London and then going up to Liverpool to present them.

“He really connected with our passion for the club and the project.

“But it was his sense that he wanted something that like he hadn’t seen before and then mixing that notion with the local materials something that felt like it grew out of the docks was really important to me and that’s how we got to where we got to.

“It was a really interesting mix of something that’s very contemporary but also feels like it’s very historic, almost like we built it inside the dock.”

Despite his extensive experience in his homeland, designing NFL stadia and Major League Baseball ball parks, Meis is nevertheless appreciate of the fact that Everton took him on in the first place after tricky trip to his first meeting with them that had echoes of the John Candy and Steve Martin film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

He said: “I was sceptical over why Everton would even take a meeting with us because I thought ‘they’re not going to hire an American architect.’

“I got on a plane being a bit sceptical over whether it was going to be worth it, I got to London and I missed my train to Liverpool and got on the next train and that stopped halfway to Liverpool.

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“The whole time, Robert Elstone was waiting for me and I thought ‘for sure, this is going to be a disaster’ and wondered whether he was even going to take the meeting after all this – I almost turned around and flew home – it was very close.

“But when I got to the meeting and heard him talk about the club, I was mesmerised.

“I knew a little bit about Everton but I didn’t understand how aware they were of who they were as a club, compare to other Premier League clubs.

“It was that thing, those were the things that hooked me, this kind of underdog opportunity to take something that’s very special and help set it up.”

As well as Meis’ personal enthusiasm over the Everton project, he believes his approach to three-dimensional modelling also helped to grab Blues chiefs’ attention.

He said: “A thing that I’m very protective of is physical modelling.

“What I’m talking about is models that are being used to actually design the building, it’s more like modelling in clay.

“As the building develops, the model becomes more and more detailed.

“I still believe there’s a lot of value in doing larger scale, cut it out of cardboard, glue it together, so you can see the building three dimensional long before you’ve got to it in the design of the building.

“I think clients love it because it’s amazing to all of a sudden see it in form rather than a drawing.

“No matter how detailed a drawing can be or a rendering, it’s often very difficult for clients to really understand how big it is and ‘where are the doors, wait is that glass or metal?’

“Big physical models are important and Everton is a great example of that, I don’t think they expected it.

“It was hard because we were in New York and Los Angeles and we were travelling to Liverpool so we were shipping some pretty big boxes.

“But once the chairman saw the first model of what ultimately became the design he was in love with it and it made all the difference.”