Founding Director Roger Key has over 30 years’ experience in transport and development and has successfully steered a range of projects through planning, design and construction. Previously Regional Director at Capita with responsibility for all Bristol based transport planning and civil engineering work, Roger offers broad experience across all transport modes including buses, cars, cycles and pedestrians, airports and light railways. Roger’s experience covers projects of all scales and he has presented expert evidence on traffic and transport issues at numerous public inquiries for both private and public sector clients.
Roger played a key role in the development and design of the traffic and transport elements for the £500m Cabot Circus mixed development in Bristol and, more recently, the adjacent and similar Callowhill Court development. He has assisted in securing planning consents for major residential developments, including 1,000 dwellings at Cribbs Causeway in South Gloucestershire, and for other large sites across the south- west of England. Other work includes various strategic access studies for both Bristol University and the University of the West of England.
Roger is a Non-Executive Director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, for which he chairs the Transport Group meetings. Roger maintains a close interest in strategic transport planning in the West of England (WoE) and has been nominated to represent BCCI on several local authority led steering groups, most recently for the Joint Transport Strategy that underpins the emerging Spatial Plan to 2036. Roger publishes occasional information sheets on strategic transport issues, the most recent in a three- part blog that considers transport problems in and around Bristol.
see blog section.
As a designer and planner of infrastructure works projects, Roger draws on a particularly strong understanding of construction issues, having spent his first eight years working on road and building construction projects from the central highlands of Scotland to the Middle East.
Beyond work, family is important to Roger, bringing a new experience recently as a grand-parent. He is a long-standing member of Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club, for which he has chaired various committees and will be President in 2018/19. Travel is an increasing focus, recent “discoveries” including both New Zealand and Australia, to which he wants to return.
Other interests vary according to the season. In winter, he gets some weekly exercise, enjoys skiing, and is a keen supporter of Liverpool FC, where he goes to a few games each season. As an armchair supporter, he also enjoys following the England football and rugby union sides and Formula 1. For the rest of the year he enjoys: weekend breaks with his wife, Gill, and dog in their motorhome; weekly pub-walks with friends; occasional yachting weekends; assisting with recovery of the Business West/UWE hot air balloon; trips to European cities; mowing the lawn; savaging the shrubs; and messing about with boats in south Devon.