Turner & Townsend is seeking contractors and architects to work on Uganda’s first PPP - a £350m upgrade of the country’s police estate

T&T is being paid a “few million dollars” to help the Ugandan government.

The two partners are looking for consortiums to build and service police stations and barracks, and to develop hotels, shops and offices on government land.

They held talks with interested companies in Johannesburg, Beijing and Mumbai, before arriving in London last week.

Attendees at the London event included architects HOK and HLM, as well as Barclays and Deloitte.

Mark Walmsley, a T&T director who is based in the consultant’s Johannesburg office, said: “There was a lot of interest. I’d like to think companies like Balfour Beatty and John Laing will be bidding for it, along with Bouygues and Vinci. This is at the forefront of a wave of PPPs in Uganda as they want to do their hospitals and prisons too.

“The attractive thing to foreign companies is that it’s one of the few African countries where you can get your money back out or sell your business. Uganda is one of our top PPP targets and that’s why we’re looking at opening an office there.”

T&T has also been approached by another African government, which it would not name, about doing a PPP deal for its police estate.