Post by Everton News. on Aug 19, 2022 18:55:21 GMT
Dan Meis, Stadium Concept Design Guardian for the Everton Stadium, made another transatlantic trip in August 2022, to view progress on-site.
In a new podcast Dan, along with Chief Stadium Development Officer, Colin Chong, discuss the project, from early sketches on a napkin to the astonishing engineering feat that is steadily transforming the skyline of North Liverpool and creating the next chapter in Everton’s illustrious history.
Meis said: “I’ve a huge smile on my face because last time I was here the cores were there, so you got a sense of where the stadium was, but now you can feel how the stadium is - and it’s amazing!
“When you see how many people come together, the logistics of it and the investment of time and people, it feels like you have lit this fire and it’s out of control.
“It’s a giddy feeling that ‘wow, it really is here’. It’s a very unusual site and it was hard to tell, when it was still a dock, what it was going to look like when it was filled in and how the stadium sits on the site.
"All those worries go away with a relief that it really does fit, but not just that but it feels so tight and intimate.”
Walking up a set of temporary, narrow, steel steps up to the makings of the South Stand's concourse is already an awe-inspiring experience even at this stage of the development.
Aside from thin grates on the floor, it's not strictly possible to walk across the long stand, but you can still take in the stunning view of the city that many Everton supporters will be greeted by each matchday. Looking out across the dockland and towards the city's famous skyline in the distance, it's an impressive sight to behold.
However, it pales in comparison to walking out onto the terracing for the first time. Climbing the stairs that so many fans will walk as they head to their new seats, ready to take in the full effect of what is set to be one of the country's premier arenas.
It might not have the rows of seats or the thousands of baying supports in there yet, or the impressive view of a pristine pitch that will come in future years, but even at this early stage of development you get a sense of what it will be like on a matchday. Standing on some of the first concrete terracing blocks at the new stadium, you're treated to a steep view looking over the hard work taking place below.
It won't be long until around 13,000 Everton fans will be climbing up the stairs of the club's new home, filling the impressive South Stand. A bar is set to run along the whole length of the concourse, ready to serve supporters with a wide range of food and drink options before they head up to their seats.
Already, a couple of the Evertonians working on the site have regularly been up the stand to attempt to pick out where they want to be sitting when the new ground opens. Of course, they'll have stiff competitions from countless Blues though.
As of yet the large window which is set to be a main feature of the stand has not been put in place, and it's believed that the design that adorns the glass in the future could still potentially change in the future - perhaps related to any future naming rights that the stadium is set to receive.
Large, white support poles currently line the concourse while the build is taking place - but they will be removed by the time the stadium is set to open in the 2024/25 season, leaving a wide open space for Evertonians to mingle before kick off. The shell of the stand that already is in place gives enough for you to be able to picture the excited crowds of an upcoming matchday.
Heading up onto the concrete terracing, just in front of a crane which was set to lay even more onto the stand as work continues apace, you are treated to a stunning view of the work taking place around the site. Everton's new stadium didn't feel real to many, but now the sight of it rising high above the dock walls is unquestionable.
Just under 400 construction workers are on site each day and the fruits of their labour are really starting to take shape on the waterfront site. From a high vantage point above the project, you get a unique glimpse of what the full bowl will eventually look like when the club's new home continues to grow.
Union members have been protesting outside the site of Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
The workers, who stood by banners and a giant inflatable rat, gathered early on Friday morning to demonstrate about the treatment of workers and lack of union access. The protest follows a similar demonstration outside the dock in August when workers said they were protesting about unions not being recognised on the site.
Despite the protests, a spokesperson for construction company Laing O’Rourke insisted they supported the rights of the workforce to join a trade union.
The statement said: “We are proud of the excellent progress on the new Everton stadium since work started a year ago. In that time, the dock infill and piling have been completed and the shape of the stadium is becoming visible as the structural steelwork is installed. “None of this would have been possible without the highly committed workforce, who are passionate about delivering the project for the Club, the city and the people of Liverpool. We recognise and support the rights of the workforce to join a trade union.”