Bruce Bott, director and head of business space at surveyors Mason Owen, has retired at the age of 50.
Bott, who specialised in industrial agency, leaves after a rewarding 21 years with the firm.
Mason Owen has its main base in Liverpool and further offices in Chester, London and Edinburgh.
Bott, who left last month, plans to spend his retirement indulging his family; the youngest of his three children is four years old.
Andrew Owen (pictured left), director and office agency specialist, will step up to become head of department.
Owen said: "We all wish him the very best for his retirement – the lucky sod. We would also like to publicly thank him for the immense contribution he has made to Mason Owen over the years.
"This is an exciting time for the Business Space Department and I am personally looking forward to building on Bruce's successes."
Arguably Bott's finest deal came in 2003/04 when advising Somerfield on the acquisition of a 43-acre site in Lea Green, St Helens, to build a 644,000 sq ft distribution centre, subsequently sold to Prudential for £38m.
Bott will continue on a consultancy basis, advising specific clients on individual projects.
The Business Space Department now headed by Owen includes Chris Connor, director, Andrew McNee, partner, James Heyes, associate partner, John Morgan, surveyor and Paul Thorne, surveyor.