At first Topham aspired to work in hotel management and his 1st task was as a trainee lodge manager at the London Hilton, but he moved back again to Manchester to get on the role of accountant in his father’s setting up firm. He established CTP in 1987 with his brother Richard.
Through his profession he shipped a amount of essential developments, such as St Paul’s Area in Sheffield and Wakefield Waterfront, which assisted kickstart the regeneration of the city, in addition to a amount of strategies in Leeds’ flourishing South Bank region. A lot more recently he labored on the £200m Pall Shopping mall plan in Liverpool, which consists of 400,000 sq ft of grade-A business place furthermore a 280-bedroom lodge.
In a 2018 job interview with Property Week Topham extolled the virtues of “design-led placemaking”, which underpinned all of the developments he sent. “We believe that that benefit can be produced from the delivery of very good buildings and producing destinations that people want to inhabit. This aids to travel value and which is ultimately what our brand name is all about,” he stated.
In a assertion Richard Topham stated: “He was a pretty clever, form and generous man or woman and he was pleasant company. He designed a quite substantial business and was a terrific chief.”
Going forward, CTP will be run by Richard Topham and James Nicholson, running director of Harlex Assets.
David Topham’s daughter Camilla, co-founder of property consultancy Distrkt, stated: “Dad was a marvel, a wonder and a wonderful, thoughtful and generous relatives gentleman both at residence and in small business. He was an amazingly qualified developer who cared deeply about the created atmosphere and has still left the earth in a greater spot than he located it. He is deeply skipped by all of us whom he influenced so a great deal.”
Topham leaves guiding a spouse and five young children.