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Steampunking and upcycling

Steampunking and upcycling

Steampunking and upcycling

Fawlty Towers Lodge in Livingstone has been undergoing transformation over the last few months with a fresh paint job and rejuvenation. Gone is the retro 1990s colour scheme of lemon yellow and Mediterranean blue; the new look is modern, bright, clean and fresh.

Fawlty Towers is a well-known establishment in Livingstone, starting its life in the early 1990s as a backpackers lodge. Old Livingstonians have many a story to tell about wild nights at Hippos, the famous on-site pub (which no longer exists),and any taxi driver will know exactly where to drop you should you ask to be taken to Fawlty Towers.

Fawlty Towers was fondly named after the television comedy series starring John Cleese, and is an apt name, given that Fawlty Towers is owned by British-born Richard Sheppard, a well-known character in Livingstone. The Lodge has come a long way since its inception and the Fawlty Towers of today is more of a boutique hotel than a backpackers lodge.

Yes, the Lodge does still have 35 dormitory beds to accommodate those travellers on a budget, but it now boasts more private suites than dormitory accommodation, including six newdeluxe suites. The customer demographics have changed over the years, from 20-something backpackers to young professionals through to retired people.

‘Upcycling’ is the process of converting discarded materials into new, useful products and Fawlty Towers has done this very successfully with a custom-made new shelf in its bar - made out of recycled vehicle parts. The bar also now has bespoke lampshades made out of recycled vehicle air filters.

Apart from following the philosophy of upcycling with these new items, Fawlty Towers likes to think these ideas fit in with the current trend of ‘steampunking’. Think Mad Max meets the Victorian era and you get something quite unique and interesting.

The next projectis the self-catering kitchen, which now has red-and-white striped walls. The final objective is to achieve a Fawlty Towers / Mad Hatter Tea-Party combo theme. That’s quite a challenge in itself in Livingstone, with its lack of décor supplies, but with a name like Fawlty Towers, you can’t expect things to be normal!

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