After a long period of enabling works, construction has commenced in earnest at the site of a World Cup stadium in Al Wakrah, where the quarter-finals will be held in 2022.
Organizers said the stands have begun to rise from the ground and that the work takes new significance following the death of architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the structure.
“We are very proud to have her legacy here in Qatar, as one of the iconic designs that will be referenced in her legacy,” said project manager Thani Khalifa Al Zarraa in a statement.
The main contractor MIDMAC, which is in a joint venture with PORR Qatar and Six Construction, will begin erecting cranes in the coming weeks and is expected to complete the stadium’s steel roof structure in 15 to 17 months.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said it will take about 30 months to finish construction on the site, or until about the fourth quarter of 2018.
All World Cup stadiums are slated to be completed by 2020.