Modern environmental engineering was applied throughout Hunterston and there was consultations with the Royal Commission of Fine Arts on all stages of the development. Considerable care was taken to minimize noise and dust emissions which are normally associated with the handling of ore and coal.
The first job was to survey the site and form a range of landscaped hills up to 15 metres (50ft) high expending along the landward boundary for over a mile. These operations involved the movement of over six million tonnes of earth and infill materials and the planting of thousands of trees and bushes.
The environmental controls are equally impressive and operate throughout the entire movement of raw materials.
The unloaders on the jetty were fitted with windshields and banks of water sprays. Where operationally practicable, lengths of the 8.500 metres (28,000ft) of conveyor belt are totally enclosed providing a noise and dust shield. Dust suppression spray units protect every transfer point on the conveyor system as raw materials are progressing through the terminal.
A system of rotary spray guns covers the stockyard and can be operated selectively from the control tower.