The rehabilitation of Libya's image continued apace last week with the appointment of Brighton-based Lomax Cassidy Edwards to oversee a new quarter in Tripoli for the Libyan Olympic Committee.
The £150 million scheme is seen as the first tentative step towards proving that the city could host the Olympic Games in 2016.
The 200,000m 2mixed-use development - which is a regeneration scheme, not an Olympic village - will include sports, leisure and entertainment facilities, shops, offices, hotels and housing.
The scheme, which focuses on a 1ha lake to create a temperate microclimate, aims to match the demands of modern development with the 'importance of family life in Libyan society'. The practice hopes the project will form a 'model for regeneration in the city'.
Director Nick Lomax said the Libyan market as a whole is opening up. The firm set up a Tripoli office in 2001 with local architect Walid El Turki.
'We are very excited to be working on such a groundbreaking project, ' he said. 'Libya has always had extensive development potential and the country has really opened up to international possibilities.
'The country is very keen to improve its infrastructure further and is looking to tap into European expertise to help it do this, ' Lomax added.