Dan Meis admits he was nervous about the reaction to his designs for Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

But Blues fans who took part in the club's second stage consultation on the project have given the American architect's work a resounding seal of approval.

Everton last night reported that 99% of club supporters, who took part in the record breaking survey, are in favour of the images Meis revealed in July.

The majority of non-Everton fans who took part in the consultation have also backed the designs.

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Meis says he was concerned about how people would respond to his work – acknowledging there was a “healthy dose” of scepticism – but has been thrilled by the reaction to how the proposed 52,000 new stadium could look.

“For us, because we had been working on it for a while and I would see it everyday, I wasn't sure what the reaction was going to be to the idea of it feeling both historic and also forward looking," Meis told the ECHO.

“That was definitely an idea about the design. It is grounded in the dock, it grew out of the dock but there is this very contemporary roof form that comes out of it.

“I wasn't sure how fans would react. Was I nervous? I was, definitely. I thought there could be sentiment that 'we're not about the docks, we're about the future' and 'look what Barcelona is doing, look what Milan is doing' and comparing them.

"But what really resonated - and I was surprised by it – was how strong people related to the feeling that it belonged.

"I think everyone, because of the long history of fits and starts on other projects, they had a vision in their mind of what it could be but we were really lucky to hit on a lot of things that people didn't expect.”

Close up on the designs of Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock created by Dan Meis
Close up on the designs of Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock created by Dan Meis

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“There was, at least, a healthy dose of scepticism that it wasn't going to be impressive,” Meis added.

"'Why would you take so long to show us if it's great?' I thought the reaction could've been: 'What!? You've spent all this time on this?'. But the reaction was so incredible.”

Meis released the designs at two special stakeholder and fan events at the Titanic hotel in July before the club released the images to the public, and he went onto say: “I have a couple of models in my office at work and I see it every morning and it sounds ridiculous but if I've been out of the office for a couple of days and then see it again I think: 'Oh, that's pretty good'.

"It's not just me, I have a lot of people in my office and we have a team of hundreds that are working on this so I can step away from it and then come back and discover it again – and I really like it.”

And Meis insists the influence of Everton chairman Bill Kenwright cannot be underplayed as he reveals a pivotal moment in the new stadium design process.

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“There really is a lot of credit to the chairman,” he said.

“We showed him, initially, a lot of ideas and some pretty wild things that would've had no context to the Dock.

“And when we got to the basic idea of what, ultimately, you see now he really was clear about that, in a way that I wasn't. For him, it was that one or nothing.

“He knows theatre, he knows how to tell a story and there's a lot about that, that reinforces for him when he see something like this, like a set design. He knew.

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“I always say you don't get great architecture without a great client, that kind of collaboration, and the rest of the board feeds into that as well with all kinds of perspectives.

“But it was his early response to the basic design that set us on this path and he gets a lot of credit for that.”