An architect’s guide to Didsbury

Magda Haener

by Magda Haener

27/04/2023, in Main Blog | Manchester Blog

Having completed over 30 Concept Design Workshops in Didsbury, local architect Magda has worked on pretty much every type of building in this popular area.  She says it’s easy to understand why and is happy to share her insights:

The location:

Didsbury is located in the South of Manchester within the M60.  Natural spaces along the River Mersey, Fletcher Moss Park, Parrs Wood and Millgate Fields provide a buffer to the busy ring road.  So you get the best of both worlds, green spaces and good access to motorways.

It is definitely a village on its own and has lovely café streets, with quiet neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the surrounding parks.

Didsbury has three Metrolink tram stops (Didsbury Village, East Didsbury and West Didsbury) and has an excellent connection to Manchester city centre.  And really easy for teenagers to get around by themselves – in terms of schools in the area there are 2 state secondary schools and 7 primary schools, so it’s well set-up for families.


Magda’s insights on Didsbury

  • Buildings in Didsbury manifest in different sizes and a drive through the area can take you through very different scales from small and densely situated semi-detached houses to large villas and even blocks of flats, retirement houses , technology centres and Hospital complexes.
  • Madga’s favourite type of architecture in the area are compact terraced houses – as it’s in these smaller spaces she can make the biggest impact for her clients.  She also likes Ford Lane because the houses have a fabulous view onto the green space of Fletcher Moss Park.


  • Even though the houses in Didsbury tend to be large there is always something worth improving, usually the internal layout or the connection with the garden. For example, most of the Victorian houses in the area have no way to step out into the garden.  This is an obvious feature to improve, although you need to be very careful when dreaming about adding a patio because if it sits higher than 30cm above the ground it requires planning permission.
  • When extending it is important to be aware of the Didsbury conservation area and to work with the restrictions in place.  That’s why your architect’s experience in the local area is essential.

  • We also recommend keeping your neighbours informed about your plans because what seems like a very simple process for you, without good communication with your neighbours, could create problems.  With a Pride Road Concept Design you can show what you are planning to do

Get in touch for a free initial consultation when you are ready and we can help your make your dreams for your home in Didsbury become a reality – perhaps this will be the last summer that you feel isolated from your garden!