SUBIACO-BASED architecture firm Hames Sharley has had two of its projects selected among the finalists for this year’s Property Council of Australia innovation and excellence awards. Hames Sharley’s biomedical research facility at the University of Western Australia, which is used as a facility for breeding small animals, has been shortlisted for the sustainable developments award. In addition, the firm’s redevelopment of the Subiaco Colonnade for property group Hawaiian has been listed in two categories – mixeduse development and office developments. Hames Sharley executive chairman William Hames said it was a great achievement to have two projects nominated as finalists. “[It] is a great testament to the quality of our work and a fantastic recognition of the creative talent and skills of the teams involved,” he said. “The competition is tough but regardless of the outcome; I am immensely proud of what has been achieved already.” Hames Sharley’s UWA biomedical project has won seven awards to date for innovation, design and sustainability. Its Colonnade project involved the conversion of the retail precinct into a 2,000 square metre fitness centre and offices for Newmont Mining. The national awards will be announced on May 24.