CTV construction manager agrees to give evidence

7:21 pm on 30 June 2012

A former construction manager for the company that built the Canterbury Television building says he will now give evidence to the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission after initially being unavailable.

The inquiry is looking into the failure of the CTV building in Christchurch where 115 people died when it collapsed in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on 22 February 2011.

In his opening statement to the hearing on Monday counsel assisting the commission, Stephen Mills, said efforts had been made to obtain evidence from Gerald Shirtcliff but he had not been confirmed as a witness.

Mr Shirtcliff is a former construction manager at Williams Construction Ltd, the company that built the CTV building. He now lives in Australia.

A spokesperson for the commission says after further discussions, Mr Shirtcliff has provided a signed statement of evidence and has agreed to appear as a witness via video link next month.