Four architects are in the running to design a £38m stadium to house Hull’s professional rugby league and football clubs.

It is understood that HOK+Lobb, Miller Partnership, Atherton Fuller and KSS have been shortlisted for the scheme. Three architects will be selected to submit concept designs.

Drivers Jonas has been appointed project manager. A design team will be appointed in the next three months.

Hull City Council will put up £34m towards the cost, using some of the £250m from the flotation of the telecommunications company it part-owns, Kingston Communications.

The Sports Lottery Fund and the Football Trust are expected to make up the £4m shortfall.

The stadium will provide seating for 30 000, with the possibility of increasing this to 40 000. The project will also include a 3000-seat indoor arena and a 6500 m2 retail complex.

Work is set to begin next May and be completed by June 2002.