DP World has opened its largest ever warehouse, a 598,000sq ft shed in Coventry – part of a £50m investment it said would help customers stay competitive.

The warehouse, which was internally fitted out for £34m, includes a fully automated case retrieval system to boost efficiency.

It was built to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and DP World said it formed a key part of its investment in the UK, alongside facilities at Bicester and Burton upon Trent.

Denis Doyle, senior vice president of operations at DP World, said: “The completion of the Coventry warehouse reinforces once again our commitment to meeting complex requirements and delivering best in class assets for our customers.

“Our £50m investment into the three sites at Coventry, Bicester and Burton upon Trent is part of a wider strategy to extend our reach into the UK supply chain.”

“We have been building a unique array of assets and suite of capabilities, helping our UK and European customers stay competitive in a fast changing and unpredictable trading environment, while serving the national interest.

“Together with the imminent opening of the £350m new fourth berth at London Gateway, this new platform for growth in the warehousing sector will drive forward our ambition to be the UK’s leading provider of end-to-end logistics,” he added.