Park feature - Silo Exchange
Through a commitment to creating a space that works, Silo Exchange is located in a key industrial node and booming city improvement district close to the heart of Cape Town.
This park is located in Bellville’s acclaimed Triangle Farm industrial area on four hectares of prime land. The northern suburbs is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Western Cape. However, due to the developing nature of the north, many prospective buyers and renters feel that the industrial areas are underdeveloped or unsafe. Luckily, Silo Exchange is positioned in Belville’s city improvement district (CID), one of the most sought-after districts to run a business due to its cleanliness, safety, and dedicated community.
Brief history of the area
Belville is one of the most prominent commercial nodes in the Greater Cape Town metropolis. Notably, it is the home of Sanlam and its subsidiary, Santam. It’s a place to do business and do it well.
Founded in the early 1800s it was referred to as “12-Myl-Pos” (12 Mile Post) because it is located 12 miles (20 km) from Cape Town centre. It was first known as “Hardekraaltjie” and was later renamed “Belville” in 1861. At first, Belville was an independent city and not part of the Western Cape’s government. After much back and forth it officially became part of the Western Cape in the 1970s.
Triangle Farm (CID)
Due to Belville being run largely as an independent city, at the turn of the new century many of its facilities were falling into disrepair, as such, in lesser-known nodes such as Triangle Farms – the property value plummeted. This led to a sincere need from the diligent community of businesses to do something about uplifting their area.
That is why in 2013, the business owners of Triangle Farm came together to petition the government to classify the area as a CID. A CID is a predominantly industrial area, wherein the Western Cape government has committed to offer services above and beyond what is normally given. It is an active programme in the area that includes removing graffiti, patrolling, erecting streetlights, conducting searches, clearing bushes, and running a recycling project. The process of becoming a CID is no easy feat, but rather a testament to the communities commitment to creating a space that works.
Where Inospace comes in
After 5 years of CID classification, Triangle Farm was booming. It became an industrial area, lead by a community of business owners. This is something we at Inospace could get behind. It really was the ethos and culture that piqued our interest, as we believed the communities commitment to creating a space that works aligned with our own. As such, Silo Exchange has been in the area since 2018.
Silo Exchange is named after the seven large silos at its entrance. The substantial park has been fully refurbished to have an industrial-chic look and feel. Its blend of small and large light industrial spaces, expansive outdoor industrial spaces, and offices have made this a melting-pot of businesses committed to improving, whilst benefiting from a dynamic community network. You can view a walkthrough of Silo Exchange here.
Here are just a few businesses located in the park.
Silo Exchange offers a state-of-the-art business hub with naturally lit office and studio spaces. It boasts a wide range of facilities, including 3-phase power, on-site park management, a café, 24-hour access, and on-site parking. Located in a prime position, it offers easy access to surrounding suburbs, highways, and the airport, as well as to major arterial routes such as the R300 (which links the N1 and N2) and Robert Sobukwe Road (Modderdam Road), which links up with the N2. This park provides an adaptable commercial space suitable for various business types.
This park wouldn’t be where it is today without the leadership and facilitation of our good-humoured park manager, Tanya Jacobs, whose commitment to a space that works is undeniable.