DAVID ROBERT HEAP – 1954 TO 2021
It is with deep sadness that the partners of Walker Singleton announce the passing of David Robert Heap on Sunday 5th September 2021.
David was a partner in the business for over 35 years. A proud Bradfordian, “Heapy” – to his many friends and business acquaintances – qualified as a Chartered Surveyor on 20th June 1978 and after time working for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Henry Spencer/R. Stewart Newiss joined the business in 1982 becoming a partner in 1984.
Over the succeeding decades he was central to business growth not just in creating a thriving Commercial Property department widely recognised by its clients and peers but also spearheading development as the largest, independently owned, multi-disciplined surveying practice in the region.
David was elevated to a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in recognition of his work within the charitable arm of the organisation; he was a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow and founding Member of NARA – the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers alongside being a member of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation.
He acted as professional mentor to many and there are Surveyors located throughout the UK and beyond, alongside the many in the business, who valued his wisdom and honest pragmatism. David was very proud of his 40 years as an active Chartered Surveyor and was a strong advocate for the profession.
His passion and unrivalled property knowledge led to him working closely with authorities and groups to save the heritage sites of Square Chapel and The Piece Hall in Halifax, alongside embedded relationships with the business saviours of iconic mill complexes at Dean Clough and Salts, Saltaire. He was central to the development of Lowfield’s Business Park in Elland, now a thriving commercial centre. David acted over a long period as lead advisor for Tesco Plc for their many acquisitions and disposals in the region. He also acted as co-lead on the single biggest project undertaken by the business, that of providing strategic advice and property-based leadership to the Government created UK Asset Realisation formed at the time of the financial crisis to resolve lending issues within Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock.
Outside of the business and his family he was a knowledgeable and studious petrol-head which fuelled a lifelong passion for motorsport and the motor industry in its widest sense, particularly Ferrari’s.
David’s passing is mourned by all the partners, colleagues, and clients of the business.