Building Name

Lansdowne House Wilmslow Road Didsbury

1939 - 1940
Wilmslow Road
Didsbury, Manchester
GMCA, England
New build

Lansdowne House is a notable example of the development of modern methods of housing people in a city. Situated in one of the most attractive areas of South Manchester. it curves round the angle of Wilmslow Road and Dene Road, Didsbury (corner of Ford Lane), and is an imposing structure that seems to invite. for the dwellers in the flats it contains sunshine and fresh air in liberal measure. Adjoining are gardens and tennis lawns. One's impression, as a spectator, of dignity from the outside is supplemented by a visit to the flats, which suggest a series of finished pictures artistically designed and executed. From the practical aspect, they are evidently the result of much knowledge and thought. Before they were designed visits were made to the suburbs of London. where similar properties were inspected with the object of improving upon them and avoiding their mistakes. The architects and managing agents have achieved that aim. There are three floors with flats, and on the Wilmslow Road frontage are shops of uniform character. No trades likely to disturb tenants of flats will be allowed in the shops, which are lofty and spacious and can be divided to suit tenants. The flats, twenty-seven in all, vary in size and rent, from one with a hall. two reception-rooms, four bedrooms. two bathrooms, and kitchen, with a rental of £25O a year, to one with a hall, one reception-room. one bedroom. one bathroom. and kitchen, with a rental of £90. At the back of the premises are fifteen large garages and box stores. Rentals include general and water rates. A caretaker can arrange for domestic services. Visitors to the flats will be interested in the system of sound insulation, a very important feature of flat life. They may observe that most flats are separated by a staircase and all dividing walls are solid. In addition, special insulating materials have been incorporated in the floors and ceilings. The rooms are exceptionally large. In the kitchens, where the space is scientifically appropriated, electricity or gas can be used. [Manchester Guardian 6 April 1940 page 12]