Southwark council has spent more than £7.3 million on "emergency works" at one council estate.

The four-tower Ledbury Estate were the only buildings to be identified as requiring safety measures in the borough following council investigations, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

This included a £782,414 spend on 24 hour fire wardens, and £269,481 on fire stopping - the sealing of openings to prevent fire, smoke and heat passing through the building.

The council also spent £250,071 on automatic fire detection, and £94,845 on structural appraisals.

Work on heating and hot water systems had the highest bill, with the council spending £4,997,790.

The council also spent £115,857 on asbestos removal in the buildings.

An information officer at Southwark Council said the emergency works had been completed, but there was more work needed to refurbish the buildings, which were built in 1968.

She said: "The emergency works above have been completed. We have priced various scopes of works for the future refurbishment of the four blocks. Following resident consultation, a decision will be taken on the future of the four blocks."

All four buildings on the estate received a high moderate fire risk rating in 2017, according to council documents. Fire stopping was a consistent requirement for the buildings to drop from a high moderate to a moderate risk of fire rating.

Further actions were required for the buildings to receive a tolerable rating - Southwark Council's ideal risk level - including removing rubbish and stored household items, according to the documents.

Other measures included the removal of panels from ventilation systems, and the removal of metal security gates.

As well as the emergency work, the council are extending their surveys of estates to include the most in-depth fire risk assessments, the information officer said.