Work on the Al Wakrah Stadium, one of the venues that will host matches during Fifa’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is on track, with two mega pillars being installed on site.

The 540-tonne pillars will serve the main support for the retractable roof at the venue, which, when complete, will have a total capacity of 40,000. The roof steel elements for the columns originated in China and were fabricated in Italy, before being shipped to Qatar.

Designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the stadium is on schedule to be finished as planned before the end of 2018.

The retractable roof will be able to close in just half an hour, with the light sleeve roof shading the entire pitch and also contributing to the efficiency of the cooling system before each match.

Thani Al Zarraa, SC project manager at Al Wakrah Stadium, said: “The fact that the design of this stadium will bring the late Zaha Hadid’s vision from the paper into structural form is in the back of everyone’s mind.”

“It is both a privilege and a challenge to be working on such a unique project, which combines elements of our cultural heritage in the form of the dhow boat with the architect’s iconic structures.

“With the installation of the roof support pillars, we are honouring her design and are well on track to the completion of the stadium by the end of next year.”

Image: Zaha Hadid Architects