Architectural firm Populous has been appointed by the Ulster GAA to develop a design brief for the redevelopment of Casement Park in Ireland into a £76.4m stadium.
Upon completion, the new stadium will have seating capacity for 40,000 spectators with facilities for players, spectators and officials.
A formal application for planning permission will be submitted by the end of March 2013.
The work on the west Belfast GAA stadium is due to be completed by 2015 and is anticipated to take 21 months.
The GAA will provide £15m in funding while £61.4m has been secured from the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
Earlier this month, UK-based design firm Mott MacDonald together with a team of consultants, as the Integrated Consultancy Team (ICT), have been appointed to take forward the design of the stadium.
The ICT is led by Mott MacDonald, while other partners include Populous, Consarc (Belfast Office), Belfast-based planning consultants RPS, project managers Gardiner and Theobald, and agronomists STRI.
Minister chairman of the stadium project board Tom Daly said the announcement marked the culmination of an intensive period of work over the past twelve months.
"The challenge is to now work in partnership with the community, all strands of the GAA and the statutory stakeholders to ensure that the vision for this magnificent new stadium for the GAA in Ulster can be achieved on time, within budget and to the highest quality standards," Daly said.
Several planned public consultation events, including an open forum for the public in the area, will take place over the coming months as part of the initial work to be undertaken by the ICT on developing the brief and preliminary plans.
Image: When completed the new stadium will have seating capacity for 40,000 people. Photo: Ulster GAA.