We`re Spitfire Control


We know that this is your project, but we will behave as if it is our own. We aim to be approachable in what we do, fair and equitable in all our business dealings. We respect the input of others, welcome contributions that advance the collective goals of the project; and hope to be treated in an equivalent way. Within our team we employ only the best, and expect them to become better. We share a common goal and commitment to continual improvement. We are precise, responsive, and straightforward.


We strive for an outcome that our clients didn’t realise they could have. We are the head, the heart, and the hands of the project. The directors of the company are deeply involved on every project. We are nimble, we think quickly and act cleverly. We lead a group of skilled individuals into a team capable of delivering a strong design and construction outcome that is better than the sum of the parts. We will continue to add value from feasibility planning to construction and completion.


We have practical design and construction experience, not just theory. This means that our clients use us to initiate and define projects, not just manage them. Our role can be analogous to a musical conductor. We have the requisite skills and experience to play most instruments in the orchestra, but we prefer to allow others the opportunity to shine under our guidance and control. We demonstrate measured experience in our words and actions, but retain an obvious enthusiasm for our business and our projects.



Max Thomson leads Spitfire Control. He will admit to 25 years experience and more than 500,000m2 of workplace projects behind him.

In managing the complexities of office fitouts there isn’t much that he hasn’t come across before, so you are in safe hands. He has a macro view of projects, focussing on the outcome; but a designer’s eye for detail. Seeing the woods and the trees!

  • Site Selection
  • Workplace strategies
  • Project management
  • Project direction
  • Programme management




Programme management to provide an overall control of a project including the whole consultant and contractor team, plus all the ancillary activities such as change management, IT coordination, stakeholder communication and relocation planning.



Project superintendent, to provide the strategic and contractual control of the design and delivery process with primary focus on client representation and macro goals of cost, design, and time.



Project management, providing a detailed and comprehensive management service to deliver a new workplace within agreed parameters of time, cost, and quality.



Workplace strategies, including accommodation planning and organisational analysis​



Due Diligence to assist in the technical and workplace assessment of potential sites including preliminary space planning.

What's Happening

Night into Day

About 8 years ago we created a moody in-house bar for Diageo, the FMCG company that owns such iconic brands as Bundy Rum, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, and Guinness to name a few. It was just right for them back then. However times change, and so do tastes. Their new CEO asked us, as part of a general refurbishment of their fitout to make the space more of a day time space suitable for working as well as socialising. Drawing of the creative team from Wool and Hay, and built by Interior2 we unveiled a terrific new look for their bar. From dark to light, I was thrilled to see it being used today as if it had always been there.

The importance of being nimble

In this world of global behemoth project management firms, why would you work with a firm like Spitfire Control? It is often difficult to explain in general terms so let me share with you a recent example that, for me, captures the essence of personal service you can expect from Spitfire.

Statutory approvals are notoriously difficult, and my client was due to start construction on the following day. However, we couldn’t without paying the Council S61 contribution. At 11.05am the Council finally advised the amount payable and requested payment by Bank Cheque. The client had no facility to raise a bank cheque in the time. I rang my bank and jumped in my car. By 12 noon the cheque for nearly $50,000 had been collected, paid to Council, and the receipt dropped off to the certifier by hand.

Try getting that done by an international company.

There is a time and a place for all firms, but in the end, it boils down to the individuals. Who do you want to work with, and who will go beyond to deliver an outcome.


It would seem that stairs in tenancies are now the de-rigour must have. From a few years ago when they were reasonably rare, and very costly, we now find that almost all multi floor fitouts are putting in stairs to aid connection between teams. Typically made from steel and fabricated on site (because they must come up in the good lift) a well designed staircase doesn’t need to cost a fortune. But, don’t forget what goes in must come out. Ensure you provision for the cost of removal when factoring in for the make good. You don’t want a hole in the books as well as the floor.

IMG_1121 IMG_2781 IMG_1559

Doing it right

I had the pleasure this morning of meeting and watching a true artisan at work. On the fitout we are managing for Camilla, the iconic clothing brand, we had a need to inset some lovely marble mosaics into an existing concrete floor. To achieve this with a high level of finish our construction partner – Interior2 – sourced a delightful old school tiler. The edge piece is hand cut to suit the space and laid using traditional mortar rather than adhesive. It will take a while to complete but I am confident that it will exceed expectations.IMG_2401

More Spitfires

I love how people send me images of the name Spitfire cropping up in strange places. This time congratulations go to James Calder who found this little gem! Keep ’em up.Spitfire Gin

Spotted in Las Vegas!

Our thanks go to Tim Weihen of Shape Australia for spotting the every growing Spitfire empire. Latte anyone?

80th anniversary

On the 5th of March 1936 a prototype Super-marine Spitfire first took to the skies. The rest is History. I love that this amazing plane is still being remembered and I think that it is especially cool that the sponsor of the commemorative day is Airfix!

That time again?

Really? The end of 2015. Wow time flies when you are having fun. Big year for us at Spitfire with highlights including great projects for LinkedIn, Diageo, GenesisCare, DLA Piper, Copyright Agency, Clemenger, OMD, and Morningstar to name a few. We also get our Melbourne operation up and running which is a big step. 2016 looks bright with new projects starting for Bohemia Group, OMG, and BTIM to name a few. We also have a few surprises up our sleeve which we will announce when the time is right.
In the meantime we wish you a Happy Christmas and see you all in January to do it all again.

How many people does it take to hang a light?

Depending on the fitting, apparently quite a lot! One designer to rub their chin, three sparkies to be endlessly patient, two site managers to wave their arms about, and one project manager to hope the client will like it. In this acse they did and we do too.
Spitfire has been working closely with Kristy Frappell and the team from GenesisCare on their new Head Office out at the Mill in Alexandria. The job finishes next Wednesday and they will move first thing in the New Year. We will bring you some better pictures then. It is a great job and all credit goes to The World is Round and Interior2 for a job well done.


75 years since the Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

In 1940 Hitler sent 2,600 Luftwaffe fighters and bombers to destroy the Royal Air Force. At the start of the battle the RAF only had 640 fighters – Hurricanes and Spitfires – and German commander Herman Goering confidently predicted victory would only take a few days.

Britain stepped up the production of fighter planes, building them faster than Germany. The Hurricanes, with their sturdy frames, took on the bombers. The Mark I Spitfires, with their superior speed and agility, were sent up to shoot down German fighters. By the end of the battle the better organised RAF had defeated the Luftwaffe and downed 1,887 German planes. The RAF lost 1,023 planes. The tide of the war started to turn. Britain was now a launch pad for future attacks on Germany.

SpitfireWhy do we love the Spitfire?



Contact Info

CATCHPHA: captcha