The 65-year-old died on Sunday night after a short illness, leaving behind his wife and five children.
Topham set up development company CTP in 1987 with his brother Richard and was also a member of the British Council for Offices.
“He was a very intelligent, kind and generous person and he was delightful company,” said Richard Topham. “He built a very substantial business and was a great leader.”
Going forward, CTP will be run by Richard Topham and James Nicholson, managing director of Harlex Property. Harlex had recently agreed to collaborate with CTP on a number of projects.
Since its inception, CTP has been involved in several high-profile developments.
- Pall Mall in Liverpool – three buildings featuring 400,000 sq ft of office space plus a 284-bedroom Leonardo Hotel
- The Round Foundry in Leeds – the redevelopment of a former engineering works to create 75,000 sq ft of offices, leisure, residential, cultural and amenity space
- St Paul’s Place in Sheffield – 750,000 sq ft of offices in the city centre
In June it was announced that CTP and Pitalia Real Estate would enter into a joint venture to acquire the former Hilti headquarters at Trafford Wharf.
Speaking to Place North West, David Lathwood, a long-time friend of David Topham and managing director of Pitalia, described him as “charming, erudite and trustworthy.”
“If I had to choose to do business alongside one person it would be David Topham,” Lathwood said.
“When I set up Pitalia Real Estate I needed an experienced and honourable development partner. David was the top of the list. It is sad on so many levels but I feel distraught for him because he was so full of life.”
Topham was also a member of the Liverpool Place Partnership, aimed at driving investment into the city.
Steve Cowperthwaite, chair of the partnership said: “He was always an advocate of the city and had Liverpool’s best interests at heart. He was a true gent and a critical friend.”
Last December, Topham took part in a Q&A with Place North West reflecting on the pandemic and looking ahead to the future.
In the interview he described himself as a “conformist rebel” and revealed that his lockdown pleasure had been having time to take his youngest daughter Clara to school.