First Principals

Suckling Stringer Quantity Surveyors has been using the ‘first principles' method since 1979. It's the secret behind the company's success, the basis of its reputation, and the reason why Garry Suckling and the team can offer you a more accurate and more solution-orientated assessment.

It’s the same way leading physicists look at the world. First principles sees you boil things down to the most fundamental truths, whatever they may be, and reason up from there. 

This is also the identical method used by some of the world’s most innovative firms. Elon Musk – perhaps the boldest billionaire entrepreneur on the planet and founder of Tesla Motors, PayPal, and other world-first brands – is a huge advocate

With first principles, it’s possible to get much more effective ways of thinking about your project.

For example:

  • Innovation: It allows visibility of solutions that are hidden to those who reference methods only relevant to 'current market' situations.

  • True understanding: Through first principles you can understand projects in a highly fundamental way. This leads you to better thinking around materials, construction, and sequence.

Why don’t other quantity surveyors use the first principles method? Perhaps because it takes more diligence, thinking, rationalisation, and time. On an intellectual level, it's certainly easier to reason by the alternative solution, analogy (and in fact analogy is sometimes deemed a 'decision shortcut').

Suckling Stringer is not interested in shortcuts, because the company's role is to help give you the most accurate assessment of costs, to allow you to stay on budget with confidence. That's precisely what Garry Suckling and his team been doing successfully for clients since 1979.

Our Services:

  CORE Services Include: 

  • Budget Cost Indications

  • Preparation of tender documents

  • Tender review and tender selection

  • Preparation of schedule of quantities

  • Contractor negotiation

  • Contractor appraisal

  • Advice on contractual arrangements and form of contract

  • Project management

  • Valuation for insurance purposes

  • Subcontractor take-offs

Contract administration:

  • Contract tendering

  • Preparation and negotiation of contract documentation

  • Progress claim assessments and certification

  • Financial cost reporting and final cost forecasting

  • Cash flow forecasting and analysis

  • Variation assessment and negotiation

  • Final account negotiation

  • Independent client representation

  • Bank valuations a drawdowns

  • Financial Institution reporting and drawdown certification