The consultant is developing its own concept designs, which were submitted on 30 September as part of Tripoli’s bid for the 2010 tournament, in order to establish outline costs for the projects. The designs also form part of Tripoli’s bid, submitted on 12 December, for the 2008 African Nations Cup.

The designs include a 90,000-seat stadium in Tripoli known as ‘Megadeck’ by the design team. The name refers to a high-tech diagrid roof structure comprising a framework of two-way spanning steelwork and supporting louvres for variable shading. The roof structure rises from a dune next to the stadium and acts as a canopy to a hotel, shops and offices, as well as to the stadium.

Other stadia include two 69,000-seaters in Tripoli and Benghazi, and five 45,000-seat stadia in Benghazi, Sirte, Misurata, Sabrata and Al-Bayda. Also included in the plans are proposals for new transport infrastructure and a 45,000-square-metre media centre.Atkins engineers will be in Tripoli from 7-14 January when a FIFA World Cup bid inspection committee visits the country.

The committee is due to visit all five bidders for the tournament by the end of March. Three other Arab countries have submitted bids for the 2010 World Cup, which is to be held in Africa. They are: Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. South Africa has also submitted a bid. Most people expect the tournament to be awarded to South Africa, which narrowly missed out to Germany on hosting the 2006 World Cup. FIFA will announce the successful bidder on 15 May.