New photos show inside barren shell of The Clipper as Dumbarton pub hits the market

A former shipyard office which was converted into a popular Dumbarton pub has hit the market, with a guide price of £295,000.

The Clipper in the town’s High Street closed over lockdown and is now a barren shell inside – with the 9,900 sq ft building holding a licence, but developers told that it could be possible to change its use.

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The current rateable value (set in 2017) is £50,000 annually, with the new proposed Rateable Value (as of April 2023) being £42,500

A description from Drysdale and Company, the agent marketing the building, says: “The property presents an excellent opportunity to re-establish a significant licensed premises within Dumbarton town centre, that would trade well within an established leisure circuit.

“Significant redevelopment is required although the large footprint would suit a variety of potential operators, with the benefit of substantial vacant accommodation at second and third-floor levels.

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“Alternative use development to provide retail, commercial or residential accommodation would also be possible subject to suitable planning consent being granted.”

Interior of The Clipper pub in Dumbarton
The interior was stripped out for refurbishment work that was never undertaken. (Image: Lennox Herald)
The Clipper in Dumbarton, pub for sale
The pub resembles a building sight, with all the fittings removed. (Image: Lennox Herald)

It continues: “The building is detached, predominantly of traditional stone construction and three storeys in height.

“There is a modern single-story conservatory extension provided to the side elevation, with a further single-storey extension to the rear of the property being of brick construction, housing the kitchen and storage accommodation at ground floor level. The previous licensed business operated out of the ground floor only, and the former office accommodation at upper floor levels has been unused for many years.

“The property is in a shell condition having been stripped internally in preparation for upgrading and redevelopment, which then didn’t occur due to the Covid-19 pandemic”

The Clipper in Dumbarton, pub for sale
Plants can be seen growing through upstairs windows. (Image: Lennox Herald)
The Clipper in Dumbarton, pub for sale
Original wood panelling remains on the upstairs floors. (Image: Lennox Herald)

Pictures from inside The Clipper show it has been gutted internally, with floor and wall coverings removed, as well as the ceiling.

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The once bustling bar area is a shadow of its former self, with wood, chairs and building materials scattered across the floor.

Upstairs, much of the building’s original character remains –including period wooden panelling and flooring.

The agent adds: “The property is situated in the south side of High Street in Dumbarton town centre, with the surrounding area incorporating a mix of commercial, retail and residential properties.

“Immediately to the rear of the property there are recently completed residential apartments, completed by Dunbritton Housing Association.

“There is significant proposed upgrading and development work to Dumbarton High Street to include the demolition and redevelopment of The Artizan Centre.”

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