The Van Haandel Group, owners of the Stokehouse Melbourne, have invited the community to help choose a design for their new building. Construction is due to begin in May to replace the iconic restaurant which was demolished following a fire in January this year.

After the City of Port Phillip appointed the group as project managers for the rebuild of Stokehouse Melbourne, an extensive community engagement plan was announced. The plan includes a community workshop at Stokehouse Pop-Up on Saturday 22 March, and the Van Haandel Group has asked four prominent Melbourne architects to create concept designs. The winning design will be chosen with community consultation.

The architects are Robert Simeoni, Sean Godsell, Graham Burrows of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, and John Denton of Denton Corker Marshall.

All four have extensive experience designing prominent Victorian spaces (as seen in the gallery, above) and have won many awards for their work.

The Van Haandel Group, Council and the State Government have agreed the new building will be a contemporary replacement which references the heritage of its predecessor. As Van Haandel Group CEO, Frank van Haandel said, "the chosen four architects are all revered and respected architects, and are all sympathetic to and experienced with coastal environments.”

Each architect will submit a design concept for the Stokehouse Melbourne building and the public can suggest ideas and provide input from the public via the "Have Your Say" section of the Port Phillip Council website.

Since the devastating fire in January, the Van Haandel Group launched a temporary three month Stokehouse Pop-Up on the St Kilda site.

After opening in time for Valentines Day, the Pop-Up will close on Mother's Day, 11 May 2014, to ensure the site will be available for the construction phase of the new Stokehouse building.

The final concept design will be submitted to the Council for a decision on 13 May, 2014.

For more information on the Have Your Say community engagement plan, visit: haveyoursayatportphillip.net.au/stokehouse.