Ledbury Estate

This page provides information to keep estate residents up to date with what we're doing to make sure the blocks aren’t at risk of fire spread, following reports of large cracks in some flats.

There have been reports of cracks over the years on the Ledbury Estate. We've always instructed our experts to take a view on them and carry out repairs as required. Fire risk assessments for the blocks have been carried out regularly, but we're updating these in light of the new information about the gaps.

We asked the London Fire Brigade to carry out an inspection and put in place some immediate fire safety measures, in conjunction with the London Fire Brigade, such as new fire wardens available 24 hours a day, renewed inspections and immediate works if needed.

Separately, a detailed structural survey by Arup has been commissioned and is currently on site.

Residents can be reassured that we're confident they're safe to remain in their homes.

In this section, you can find information about the issue at the Ledbury Estate, including all the letters sent to residents and the current fire risk assessments. Any further updates we receive, such as the report from Arup, will be published here when they're available.

Ledbury Right to Return

The Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Cryan, has signed an Independent Decision to guarantee the Right to Return for tenants in the four Ledbury Towers. Read the full decision.

The council’s Cabinet members have approved the decision to arrange a Buy Back offer for leaseholders in the four Ledbury Towers who'd like to leave. Read the full report.

Fire Risk Assessments

A Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is a document to show the process of evaluating the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences to the building if one were to occur. This assessment must be carried out by a Competent Person (someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge) and the Significant Findings recorded. As with all housing providers, Southwark Council continues to look at ways the FRA process can be improved due to ongoing changes in building regulations, new guidance and technical advances. As a result, risk assessments for the same building will change over time to take into account these changes and an FRA published today may look somewhat different to an earlier version. The latest document is always relevant and it remains ‘live’ until a new FRA is done.

Page last updated: 26 May 2022

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