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London South Bank University turns robotic

London South Bank University turns robotic

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LSBU is expanding its Elephant and Castle campus, with plans for theatre and gallery space, new lecture facilities and a brand new library where robots pick out books, reports James Murray

The new development will be situated between St George’s Circus and the Universities London Road building, with construction already underway.

LSBU is hoping to transform itself into a world-class hub for education, in order to offer excellent facilities to future generations and ensure that the University isn’t left behind.

When asked about the plans, student Lee McGavin said: “I think the plans for the new building are brilliant. The current Perry Library facilities aren’t bad, but it’s in desperate need of modernisation, and that’s something I’m sure the new building will provide. I’m also excited to see the robots in operation.”

The new library will undoubtedly lead to jobs being lost, with robots taking on part of the librarians’ roles. The question is – can a robot effectively replace a human in this environment?

Architects, WilkinsonEyre, are working closely with the University to develop detailed design proposals, with a planning application expected to be submitted to Southwark Council this month. If the plans go head, LSBU hope to have the new St George’s Quarter building completed for the beginning of the 2020 academic year.