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Ericpol on the bus route map of Łódź

25 September 2014

A new bus stop designated “Ericpol” (formerly “Tymienieckiego”), served by bus route 55, has appeared on the bus route map of the city. The official ceremony was accompanied by the announcement of a competition for a conceptual design for the bus stop organised in partnership with The Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

The renaming ceremony and the unveiling of the bus stop at the junction of Sienkiewicza and Tymienieckiego streets was performed by Jan Smela, President and Founder of Ericpol, and Hanna Zdanowska, President of Łódź.

– Giving the name Ericpol to a bus stop located right next to the newly erected head office of the company is a wonderful gesture referring to the best global practices. Ericpol is a Łódź-based company and I am extremely proud of that. I am happy that our activities and initiatives have been noticed and appreciated by the city authorities. – Jan Smela said after unveiling the new bus stop.

During the ceremony another joint initiative between Ericpol and The Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź was announced, namely a competition to create a conceptual design for the bus stop.

– The idea of the competition is to create a functional solution characterised by the highest quality and excellent form, while at the same time offered for a minimum price. Limitations are very strict, just like in the process of software production, but I do believe that the creativity of young people will make it possible to create the perfect design. Only with such extreme limitations can one think of truly innovative solutions. – Stefan Znarowski, Deputy CEO of Ericpol, said.

The competition is open to students of The Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Each participant can submit up to three designs including the bus stop visualisation, technical documentation and an estimate of costs. The relationship between quality and price is the main challenge that all young designers have to face. The bus stop should be fully functional, must not restrict the movement of pedestrians, i.e. it must occupy a minimum area of the pavement, and its price should not exceed PLN 2000. Works can be submitted until 1 June 2015. The winning design will be announced on 30 June. Its author will receive the grand prize of PLN 5000.

Ericpol started working in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts more than a year ago when – together with the start of the construction works – an idea emerged to decorate the walls inside the new head office with large-format street art graphic creations that would depict leading figures from the world of science, culture, sport and other areas of life. They are the people who contributed to a change in the way of thinking and interpersonal communication. Ericpol decided to work together with the students of The Academy of Fine Arts to give young and talented people the opportunity to create something in the city they live in.

The newly-constructed office building will be handed over in December this year. The finishing touches inside the building are being applied at the moment. The author of the design is Horizone Studio. Work is progressing as scheduled. The opening ceremony is scheduled to be held in January 2015.

Ericpol Sp. z o.o. is an engineering company which has been operating in the international ICT market since 1991. The company provides outsourcing and consultancy services, and dedicated solutions in the fields of telecommunications, M2M (machine to machine) communication, IoT (Internet of Things), as well as applications for the medical, financial and banking sectors, along with business solutions. Ericpol has four offices in Poland and three subsidiaries in Belarus, Ukraine and Sweden, which together form the Ericpol Group employing a total of 1,900 workers.

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